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As my first female role model (after my mum, I guess), I have always been pretty frustrated that Lauren Bacall never have received an Academy Award. She has deserved it time and time again, and would have been able to receive an Honorary Award since the 1980's. And now, finally, the time has come! This weekend Lauren Bacall accepted an Honorary Oscar statue at the age of 85.
Lauren Bacall has meant a lot to me since I first opened my eyes to the gone days of Hollywood. Her sultry eyes, her sexy whiskey voice and overall intellectually superior aura grabbed a hold of me through the screen, and it hasn't let it's grip go since.
When I was 15 I decided to write this fabulous woman a fan letter. To my surprise, a couple of month later I got an answer. It was a black and white photograph of a present day Lauren Bacall, a cup of tea in her hand and a philosophical gaze in her eyes. On it: "Lauren Bacall". To my happiness I saw that the marker had slipped over the edge of the photo, proving that the signature was hand written. Not that I ever doubted.
Now that signed photo is one of my absolutely most treasured items. I can't explain why, but that framed photo of that great woman inspires me enormously, and makes me feel like I just might develop into a significant person in this world also.
Enough rambling: Lauren Bacall finally received an Honorary Oscar, and I can feel relieved that justice is done! Watch her receive the award and giving a most entertaining teary eyed speech here. Most suiting, director (and Humphrey Bogart's best friend) John Huston's daughter Angelica Huston presents the award.
I may add that I do believe some parts of Ms. Bacall's speech will become famous, such as the opening words "A man, at last!". She certainly seems clear in her head even at 85. I can't believe I missed out on her being in Sweden while filming Dogville (2003).