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21 Gorgeous Photos of Lauren Bacall

A classic Hollywood star, Bacall was known for her sultry looks and elegant style. As TIME wrote when she first made a name for herself in To Have and Have Not, in 1944, “Lauren Bacall has cinema personality to burn, and she burns both ends against an unusually little middle… She has a javelinlike vitality, a born dancer's eloquence in movement, a fierce female shrewdness and a special sweet-sourness”

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Here’s Footage From Lauren Bacall’s Wedding to Humphrey Bogart

That is one sexy cake cutting


This footage from Paramount pictures, shot on May 21, 1945, shows 20-year-old Lauren Bacall getting married to 45-year-old Humphrey Bogart, at a farmhouse in Lucas, Ohio. They look pretty darn in love.

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Joan Rivers: Why Robin Williams Was a Great Red Carpet Interview

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"You popped the champagne cork when you said hello to him," she says

Joan Rivers is an authority on red carpet interviews — and the veteran comedian says Williams was one of the best celebrities to chat with, both for his candor and his zany humor. Below, Rivers reflects on his more serious roles:

“Robin was one of the great interviews. You’d see him coming down that red carpet and you knew, OK, now we’re gonna have fun. We’re not gonna hear the usual, ‘Yes, we all love each other on the set.’ The one I remember most is, I had this incredible dress, I think it was Dior, with great big gold feathers on the top, absolutely beautiful. I was looking so snappy, I thought. And he came up and did five minutes on looking for eggs in my top, because I looked like a chicken. It was fabulously insane. He made like a chicken, and was clucking, and looking for eggs. Hilarious.

He was very wild. The only one you could compare him with in terms of style was Jonathan Winters. Both of them crazy mad, going into characterizations, in and out, in and out. Such ADD. It’s like you open the capsule and everything came out, all the air came rushing out. You popped the champagne cork when you said hello to him.

He was an incredible actor. [His comedy bits] were all acting bits. They may have been funny, but he became the crazy man, he became the duck. You forget, for all the things he did, he also did Waiting for Godot on Broadway, he did Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. I was waiting for him to do King Lear. I think he would have been great. He came from Juilliard with Patty Lupone and Christopher Reeve. That was a big class he came from. He also had a really formal upbringing. He came from an upper middle class family, very educated, very well-read, very knowledgable about everything, about literature. The references would be so amazing. Even to do Dead Poets Society, he knew what he was talking about when he was talking about the poetry. He was incredible. Everyone’s talking about the comedy, but I’m talking about The Fisher King, What Dreams May Come, Awakenings. Everyone forgets all the serious, wonderful things he did, not just Mrs. Doubtfire.

We all flew into New York to do a Richard Pryor roast, and everybody was on the dais — Don Rickles, David Brenner, Garry Shandling, All of comedy was on the dais at the Waldorf Astoria. Next to last was Robin, and he blew everybody out of the ballpark. He was so above all of us. He was incredible. Very special.”

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Gilbert Gottfried on Robin Williams: “It Was Such a Workout Playing Off Someone Like That”

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Williams was "the same onstage and off," Gottfried says

It wasn’t easy keeping up with Robin Williams, who died Monday at age 63. Comedian and friend Gilbert Gottfried described joking around with the late actor as dizzying. Here, Gottfried remembers the first time he met Williams:

“We would run into each other at comedy clubs when he’d be on stage, and we’d riff off each other. That was always very invigorating, because with someone like him you had to keep on your toes every second. I don’t really remember much about the times we were on stage because it was so strenuous. It was such a workout playing off someone like that, that when I got offstage, I was pretty much dizzy afterwards.

He worshipped Jonathan Winters, and you definitely could see the similarities. One big one is that they were the same onstage and off. Every now and then he would talk seriously, but more often than not, he was that guy. Every now and then, another part of him would pop up that was quiet.

The first time I met him, he showed up at the Improv. I was supposed to go on next, and they told him he would go on next, and he said, ‘Let Gilbert go on, because there are some people in the audience and I want them to see him.’ Then, when I got off stage, I was very pleased that he was laughing and rubbing his eyes. He went, ‘Oh, you really baked my cookies.’ I wasn’t quite sure whether to take it as a compliment.”

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Robin Williams Hanged Himself, Police Say

Robin Williams before his performance at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk
Robin Williams before his performance at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va., on Oct. 28, 2009 Jay Paul—The New York Times/Redux

Confirming reports he committed suicide

Robin Williams died because of asphyxia from hanging himself in his California home, police said Tuesday, confirming a day after the actor’s death that he had committed suicide.

The Marin County Sheriff’s Office also said Williams, who was 63, suffered “acute superficial” cuts to his wrist, and that a pocket blade was found near his body. A forensic examination showed no signs of a struggle, and toxicology results for Williams, who had long struggled with substance abuse and depression, won’t be available for about two to six weeks, police said.

Williams was last seen by his wife at 10:30 p.m. local time on Sunday when she went to bed. Williams’ personal assistant became concerned the next day when the actor failed to respond to knocks on his bedroom door. Upon entering, the assistant found Williams “clothed in a seated position, unresponsive, with a belt around his neck,” Lieutenant Keith Boyd told reporters during a news conference. He was pronounced dead shortly after noon on Monday.

Fans of the late comedian and actor gathered near the news conference in San Rafael, Calif., on Tuesday.

“It surprises me that someone who was so loved felt so alone,” said Leigh Carliglio of Contra Costa County. “He was loved, he was wonderful. This is devastating.”

She particularly remembers Mork & Mindy and then quickly adds Mrs. Doubtfire and Aladdin. “All of them.”

She was surprised to find out how he died. “We need more care for mental-health patients. We don’t understand how deep depression runs.”

Other fans filmed the news conference with their cell phones, lamenting how “a whole generation” grew up with Williams’ character in Mork & Mindy.

Outside Williams’ home in nearby Tiburon sat flower bouquets and notes address to “Robin.” A few fans lingered. “Anything he was in, I would go see it,” one said. “It’s just devastating. I have depression in my family.”

— Katy Steinmetz reported from San Rafael and Tiburon, Calif.

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Listen to Robin Williams Talk About His Struggles on a 2010 Podcast

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"Going on stage is the one salvation,” he told comedian Marc Maron in 2010

Robin Williams, who died Monday at age 63, opened up about his struggles with addiction and depression on Marc Maron’s WTF Podcast in April of 2010. Following the news of Williams’ passing, Maron once again shared his interview with the comic legend — an interview he said “changed many people’s perception of Robin Williams.”

“What was amazing about Robin Williams is that he has this sort of electric, shining piece of humanity, whose entire life on stage was to entertain thoroughly and with a type of presence that nobody has ever seen before,” Maron said in an emotional new introduction to the interview. “There’s nobody who wasn’t touched by it.”

During the conversation, Williams spoke about his alcoholism and his relapse in the mid-2000s.

“I think it’s trying to fill the hole,” Williams said. “It’s fear, and you’re kind of going, what am I doing in my career? And you start thinking, you know what would be great at this point? Rehab! But it’s the idea of, you bottom out … Where do you go next? What am I doing? Rather than go, okay, this will pass, you go, this’ll pass quicker.”

But Williams offered some hope for battling that fear: “Going on stage is the one salvation.”

You can listen to and download the podcast here.

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Sheriff Official: Robin Williams Hanged Himself

(SAN RAFAEL, Calif.) — Robin Williams committed suicide by hanging himself with a belt at his San Francisco Bay Area home, sheriff’s officials said Tuesday.

Marin County Sheriff’s Lt. Keith Boyd said Williams was found in a bedroom by his personal assistant on Monday at his Tiburon home.

Boyd said toxicology tests will be performed and the investigation is ongoing.

Sheriff’s officials said Monday a preliminary investigation determined the cause of death was suicide due to asphyxia. Williams was 63 and had suffered for years from periodic bouts of substance abuse and depression.

Williams’ press representative Mara Buxbaum said the actor had been battling severe depression recently. Just last month, Williams announced he was returning to a 12-step treatment program.

Coroner’s officials say he was last seen alive at home around 10 p.m. Sunday.

Shortly before noon Monday, the Sheriff’s Department received an emergency call from the home, where the star of “Good Will Hunting,” ”Mrs. Doubtfire,” ”Good Morning, Vietnam” and dozens of other films was pronounced dead.

Williams made reference to his substance abuse and depression in his comedy routines, including when he sought treatment in 2006 after a relapse that followed 20 years of sobriety.

Williams joked about that fall off the wagon during a comedy tour, saying: “I went to rehab in wine country to keep my options open.”

Likewise, when word spread about his struggles with drugs in the early 1980s, Williams responded with a joke that for a time became a catchphrase for his generation’s recreational drug use: “Cocaine is God’s way of telling you you are making too much money.”

Word that he had killed himself left neighbors in Tiburon equally stunned and grief-stricken. Williams had lived in the quiet, waterfront neighborhood for eight years, according to neighbors.

Noreen Nieder said Williams was a friendly neighbor who always said hello and engaged in small talk. Nieder said she wasn’t close to Williams and his family, but she still felt comfortable enough to approach him and ask him about his latest stint in drug and alcohol rehabilitation.

“He was very open about it,” Nieder said. “He told me he was doing well.”

Fans and friends placed bouquets, candles and personal notes in front of the locked gates of Williams’ house.

The Antonio family visited Williams’ home Tuesday morning, driving from San Rafael about 10 miles away to drop off flowers.

“He was my favorite actor,” said a weeping Brandon Antonio, 13. “He was so funny.”

Antonio said Williams’ 1995 movie “Jumanji” was his favorite film.

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WATCH: Hollywood Reacts to Death of Robin Williams

Comedians, actors and entertainers pay tribute to the late star


Like the rest of the nation, actors, comedians and entertainers were shocked by the sudden death of superstar talent Robin Williams. Celebrity reactions to his apparent suicide have flooded media both social and traditional, with many paying tribute to their own personal relationships with the late star.

Steve Martin referred to him as a great talent and a genuine soul. Kathy Griffin tweeted of how every moment shared with Williams was a pivotal one, and that it was a comic’s dream to be in his presence. Judd Apatow wrote about the lengths he went to simply be near the legendary comic, saying that he took an internship at Comic Relief at the age of 18 in order to work with Williams.

Billy Crystal wrote poignantly, “No words.”

Other comedians such as Jimmy Kimmel and Chelsea Handler marked the tragedy by attempting to raise awareness of depression, telling those in need of support to not be afraid to reach out for help, and to remain strong.

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Louie Anderson on Robin Williams: “He Came Through Loud and Clear to Your Heart”

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"We knew comedy would never be the same," Anderson says

Robin Williams, who died Aug. 11 at age 63, was a tough act for any comedian to follow, says Louie Anderson, who remembers being backstage at comedy clubs listening to Williams perform. Here, Anderson honors the man who made audiences’ hearts “buzz” as well as their heads:

He was a national treasure as a comedian. He made a splash like a meteor on the Earth, and everyone wanted to see it. Whether you were very religious, very conservative — whoever you were, he could transcend all of your defenses and your barriers.

I met him first at the Comedy Store in the early ’80s. He would come in, go on stage and crush, just destroy the room. All of us were in the back room when he was on stage, and we knew comedy would never be the same.

He was pure fun, kind and gentle. He wasn’t just another comedian at the club — he was the comedian at the club. Unfortunately, you wished you were that comedian. There is part of every comedian who watched Robin — and it happened to me — that went, ‘I can’t do that, I wish I could do that. Oh my God, I hope I don’t have to follow him.’

Anybody who was anybody had his first album, [1979's Reality...What A Concept], because you couldn’t believe he did it, and you wondered how he did it. He was a measuring stick among comedians. People would say [about other comics], ‘He’s no Robin Williams,’ like they used to say, ‘He’s no Richard Pryor,’ or, ‘He’s no Bill Cosby.’

He came through the television, he came through the movie screen — he came through loud and clear to your heart. Anybody can make your head buzz, but when you can make the audience’s head and their heart buzz, and make their heart open up and be completely vulnerable — I call it a Richard Pryor quality. Not too many people had it. The goal of every comedian is to open up everyone in the audience completely, so that you can share the humanity within each other.

His stuff was so fast. It was his presentation that was such a favorite … his characters, his voices, his persona that you were mesmerized by. The jokes were secondary to his bright light.

When he was done performing, the show was over. I felt sorry for the comedian who was going on next. Right now, I feel like the show is over.

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