n°71/ This is Not a Hag

June 2013


by Nathalie Azoulai


She used to be called « The Look » because on her first movie, she was too shy to lift her face and kept it down while looking at her partner. Lauren Bacall turned 88 while being shot by Andy Gotts in 2012 and faced the camera straight in the eyes. No shyness anymore. « I have friends who are beautiful women, and they are having liposuction and boob lifts, and I say ‘What are you doing to yourselves? Stop it!’ I disdain this whole youth sickness thing.”But as she admits to use Botox sometimes, we wonder : “The camera picks up everything, and you don’t want to really look like a hag,” she explains. And we’re just stunned because she looks so brave and so old and so honest. If only Bogie could see her… Somebody's got to give a face to getting old. Hats off to Bacall !

 Lauren Bacall