Bogie and his Bacall had it all. Both were successful beautiful people in
Hollywood. They lived in the posh area of LA, called Holmby Hills, on Mapleton
Drive. Their address was 232.
house now. Notice the fake police car in the driveway.
It's been there for years. Put there to discourage people like me
I'm sure, from snapping pictures. I hear that it doesn't even have an engine.
Notice the rather bizarre
statue in the driveway. Nope, can't be likin' that at
Around New Year's of 1956, he was dining at Romanoffs, and started coughing
horribly. His lunch companion suggested he see Dr. Maynard Brandsma at the
Beverly Hills Clinic. A malignancy in his esophagus was discovered, and would
have to be removed. Bogie asked the doctor if he could get his next film out of
the way first. "You can make the movie," said Brandsma, "and
you'll be a big hero at Forest Lawn Cemetery." On March 1, he endured a 9
1/2-hour operation at Good
He returned home, and was in a wheelchair or bedridden for his remaining
days. On Jan. 12, 1957, Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn came by. As they
left, according to Katherine, "He (Bogie) looked up at Spencer with the
most rueful smile and said, 'Goodbye Spence,' and you could tell that he meant
it. He'd always said, 'Goodnight' before. When we went downstairs, Spence looked
at me and said, 'Bogie's going to die.'"
The next morning, Bacall went to pick up their two children - Steve, 8, and
Leslie, 4- from Sunday school. Bogart nodded at her and casually said,
"Goodbye kid." When she came back, he was in a coma. He died without
regaining consciousness, at 2:25 the following morning. He was 57 years old.
A black hearse from Forest Lawn arrived at the house. They put Bogie in a
white sack, and took him to the crematorium. He was put in a simple pine coffin.
Because he was cremated, there was no casket at the funeral. The service
itself was held at 11:30am, on Thursday the 17th at All Saint's
Episcopal Church, in Beverly Hills. A glass-enclosed
model of his beloved yacht, Santana, graced the altar, where the
casket would have been. Over three thousand spectators showed up, and guests
included David Niven, Swifty Lazar, Danny Kaye, Marlene Dietrich, Dick Powell,
Samuel Goldwyn, Gregory Peck, and of course, the family. John Huston eulogized
his friend with the words, "In each of the fountains at Versailles there is
a pike, which keeps all the carp active, otherwise they would grow over fat and
die. Bogie took rare delight in performing a similar duty in the fountains of
. We have no reason to feel any sorrow for him - only for ourselves
for having lost him. He is quite irreplaceable."
While the service was taking place, Humphrey Bogart was cremated. Originally,
he wanted his ashes scattered from his ship, into the Pacific. At the time, such
scattering was illegal, so they opted for a permanent niche at Forest Lawn.
Trivia: Rumor has it, Lauren Bacall put a silver whistle in his urn, in
memory of that famous line, "You know how to whistle don't you? Just put
your lips together, and blow."
More: I love this story, taken from the Dictionary of Movie Anecdotes, "
Amidst the hullabaloo Warner Brothers signed Humphrey Bogart to a fifteen year
contract. He was to be guaranteed a minimum of $5 million. When the long
document arrived (68 pages long, which his agent boiled down to 15 pages),
Bogart noticed that the breakdown of payments added up only to $4,999,999.25,
and he refused to sign. Roy Obringer, the Warner attorney assigned to deal with
the star, finally reached into his pocket and put the 75 cents on the table, in
cold hard cash, which Lauren Bacall allegedly picked up to spend on
herself." Atta girl.
Even More: On Thursday July 31, 1997 - the U.S. Postal Service issued a
Humphrey Bogart commemorative stamp. Lauren Bacall and their children Stephen
and Leslie Bogart were
on hand at the Chinese Theater, for the launch.
Last Bit: Its not a secret that Bogie wasn't the tallest of men, in fact,
when they filmed, Casablanca, he had to wear platforms
on his shoes, so he could see eye to eye with Bergman.