Publisher: Creative Arts Book Company [Donald S. Ellis], Berkeley, California
Publication Date: 1998
Book Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Wraps; 8vo; pp. 146. Warmly inscribed by the author to Lauren Bacall, "To Betty, What are the odds that two such exquisitely beautiful women would raise two such talented novelists as Steve and myself? Amazing -- but it pales in comparison to the wonderful friendship you and mom have had over the years. I thank you for that. And next edition, I'm demanding a better photo of the author! Love, Chris." Lauren Bacall (born in the Bronx as Betty Joan Perske, 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 # JC11772
Synopsis: A richly visual hard-boiled thriller that describes a young man's initiation into a nightmare world in Mexico. This suspense/noir title reveals what can happen to you if you don't pay homage to the gods of caution while vacationing in this lethal land.
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