Title: Closing Ranks
Publication Date: 1997
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: First Edition.
Cloth; dust jacket; 8vo; pp. . Signed by Bogarde in a bookplate on the title-page, and inscribed by him on the dedication page, to Lauren Bacall, "Best really -- for B. Bacall -- with endless love -- from Dirk -- 7 May 97." (Lauren Bacall was born in the Bronx as Betty Joan Perske, and only close friends and loved ones used her real name.) Bogarde and Bacall were long-time friends 'til the end. They spent time together in London the day before he died from a heart attack on 8 May 1999, age 78. Lauren Bacall (1924-2014) was an American actress known for her distinctive voice and sultry looks. Howard Hawks (director, producer, screenwriter) changed her first name to Lauren, and Perske adopted "Bacall," a variant of her mother's maiden name (of Romanian Jewish descent), as her screen surname. The young Lauren Bacall, worked as an usher at the St. James Theatre, and as a fashion model. She made her acting debut on Broadway in 1942, at age 17, as a walk-on in "Johnny 2x4." By then, she lived with her mother on Bank Street, Greenwich Village, and in 1942 she was crowned Miss Greenwich Village. Though Diana Vreeland is often credited with "discovering" Bacall, putting her on the cover of "Vogue" in 1943, much of the iconography surrounding Bacall she cultivated herself with the help of Nancy Hawks, Howard Hawks's wife, who advised Bacall on clothing, elegance, manners, and taste. Even Bacall's trademark voice required arduous training -- at Hawks's suggestion, Bacall worked with a voice coach to make her voice lower and deeper. Her screen debut as the leading lady in the Humphrey Bogart film "To Have and Have Not" (1944) made her an instant star. She married Bogart in 1945, and continued in the film noir genre alongside him in "The Big Sleep" (1946), "Dark Passage" (1947), and "Key Largo" (1948). She starred in the romantic comedies "How to Marry a Millionaire" (1953) with Marilyn Monroe, and "Designing Woman" (1957) with Gregory Peck. She co-starred with John Wayne in his final film, "The Shootist" (1976). Bacall worked on Broadway in musicals, earning Tony Awards for "Applause" (1970) and "Woman of the Year" (1981). Bookseller Inventory # JC11752
Synopsis: A novel in which a much-loved nanny curses rather than blesses the family who have gathered at her deathbed, and there are further shocks in store for them when the details of a wartime scandal, a true story, begin to emerge. From the author of A PERIOD OF ADJUSTMENT.
Product Description: Beau Grayle was a wartime hero with a dreadful dark secret. As Nanny Grayle slips away, the family's home, Hartleap, seemed to be sliding into the grave with her. As the tide of terrible truth rises, the family are desperately closing ranks.
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