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Lauren Bacall's trouble with men

This 1944 file photo originally released by Warner Bros. shows actor Humphrey Bogart, right, holding actress Lauren Bacall in a scene from, "To Have and Have Not." Bacall, the sultry-voiced actress and Humphrey Bogart's partner off and on the screen, died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 in New York. She was 89. (AP Photo, Warner Bros. Pictures, File)

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She was a Hollywood legend who kept company with Presidents and could freeze a man with that deep voice and that famous no-nonsense "Look."

But she dismissed the legend stuff, and came across as one of the more grounded people you could ever meet. In 1994 she told Charlie Rose it was frustrating that she seemed to intimidate men off-screen as well as on:

"I find so many men so immature, so preoccupied with their manliness that they can't have a relationship. They need constant reassurance. They need younger women to tell them how wonderful they are."

She was that younger woman when she married Humphrey Bogart. She was 20, Bogart who had been married three times before, was 45.

She said he worried about that, "because he felt I was too young and that he was too old and that I would run off with somebody else after five years. He told this Peter Lorre who was a good friend of his. And Peter Lorre said, 'Five years is better than nothing.'"

They would stay together until he died of cancer eleven years later, and she would have other relationships - but none like Bogart.

And she refused to be arm candy. "He's got to be interesting. And he's got to have humor. And many men don't have any humor."

Well, one man did.

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Dave Ross hosts the Morning News on KIRO Radio weekdays from 5-9 a.m. Dave has won the national Edward R. Murrow Award for writing five times since he started at KIRO Radio in 1978.


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