humphrey deforest bogart


Humphrey DeForest Bogart

(December 25, 1899 – January 14, 1957)

“I’m not good-looking. I used to be but not any more…. What I have got is I have character in my face. It’s taken an awful lot of late nights and drinking to put it there. When I go to work in a picture, I say, ‘Don’t take the lines out of my face. Leave them there.’”


Bogie was a Christmas baby, so I decided to give him a surprise party on Christmas Eve. I gathered Benchley, Butterworth McCain, Nunnally, Hellinger, Delehanty, Sheekman, Pat O'Moore, Ray Massey- about twenty in all - and made them stand in the tub. They looked funny and silly, all with glasses in their hands, crushed together in a blue sunken tub- an unlikely sight. When Bogie came in I greeted him with a drink as usual The tree was lit, the living room looked festive. It was very sentimental- our first Christmas as man and wife. Bogie wanted to go downstairs, but i said that something was wrong with the tub- could he take a look at it first? I led him toward the door, opened it, turned on the light- all those ridiculous faces in the bathtub shouting ‘Surprise!’ completely threw him off balance  It was the only surprise party he’d ever had- he couldn’t get over it. Bogie was like a kid- touched that I would go to all that trouble, touched that people cared enough about him to gather together.”   -Lauren Bacall

December 25th 1899 - 


Humphrey DeForest Bogart (December 25, 1899 – January 14, 1957)