- By Sondra Woodward
- Category: Music
- August 27, 2014
The big screen said farewell to another shining star this month. Betty Joan Perske, also known as Lauren Bacall, died in New York City, the same place where she was born in 1924.
Bacall was in more than 30 movies, won two Tony awards for her work on the stage, and was famous for a signature move, which she explained originated from nothing more than a case of the jitters: “I used to tremble from nerves so badly that the only way I could hold my head steady was to lower my chin practically to my chest and look up at Bogie. That was the beginning of ‘The Look.'”
This week on ReelSound, we'll honor Bacall's memory with the first movie score recorded in stereo. How to Marry a Millionaire, in which Bacall played Schatze Page, also happened to be the first film shown on "NBC Saturday Night at the Movies" in September of 1961, as networks began experimenting with the idea of showing recent theatrical releases on network TV. Alfred Newman's score for this film also features music originally written for the 1931 movie Street Scene.
Click below or visit ReelSound to hear the score for How to Marry A Millionaire as well as music from The Big Sleep and Howl's Moving Castle, a Japanese animated feature for which Bacall lent her unique voice.