Two of my favorite people in one picture. Lauren Bacall was told to pose this way atop the piano by her publicist. It got her a lot of publicity, true, but didn’t endear her to Mrs. Truman. When she saw the picture in the newspapers she reportedly told her husband that it was time he stopped playing piano.
Another funny thing about Ms. Bacall I recall reading was of her and Groucho at a mutual friend’s house. As she left she teased the fellow that next time she visited they should go upstairs together. He said that his house didn’t have an upstairs. Without missing a beat she says in her best sultry voice ‘Well I’ve never NEEDED an upstairs’ and then walks out of the house singing “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” in the way only she could do. A comedian and a smart, sharp lady.