Would You Include Your Dog in Your Will? Lauren Bacall Did!
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Glenn Close visits Lauren Bacall at home with Bacall’s Sophie.
When Lauren Bacall died last month, she left behind quite a legacy.
It went far beyond the iconic scenes she did with Humphrey Bogart in To Have and Have Not, Key Largo, and The Big Sleep.
She was a fascinating, charismatic person in her own right, and probably would have made a great name for herself even without Bogart.
On screen, stage, and in real life, she had an uncompromising voice. Unlike a lot of Hollywood stars, her politics weren’t built on the flavor of the month; she was proudly liberal from the beginning to the end, even when that label was unfashionable or even dangerous.
Among other things, she famously spoke out against the anti-Communist paranoia that spread through Hollywood during the McCarthy Era.
In addition to her cultural legacy, Bacall had a substantial amount of money when she died, and last week when her will was read, it showed that she remembered the ones who mattered.
Already, the press is pointing at the bequeathment with amusement and characterizing Sophie as “pampered.” You can hear the sneer in the headlines, but if you have $26 million to bequeath to the loved ones, it seems reasonable to make sure your dog is also taken care of.
Bacall was a lifelong dog-lover. Even from her early career, there’s a famous photograph of her at home with Bogart, their son, and three dogs.
The interior of her apartment at the Dakota was covered with pictures of Sophie and other dogs, and the little Papillon had become a familiar sight to people in the neighborhood and those who worked with Bacall on her final movies.
Bacall is the best one to describe her relationship with Sophie, and you can hear her do so in the video below, where Glenn Close visits Bacall and Sophie at home. Bacall describes Sophie as “oversexed and underpaid,” while Sophie enthusiastically humps her own toy dog, known as “The Humperdink.”
Our best wishes to Sophie, Lauren Bacall‘s human family, and all the people who knew her.
“Screen legend Lauren Bacall (1924-2014) captivates the audience with a tale of typical [Katharine] Hepburn mischief and compensatory generosity and offers a heartfelt tribute to her much-admired, ‘always surprising’ friend and mentor.”