Legendary actress Lauren Bacall died Tuesday at the age of 89 and celebrities from multiple generations from Barbara Streisand to Mia Farrow remembered the Hollywood starlet.
The icon leaves behind an incomparable legacy that music and acting legends won’t soon forget.
Oscar winner Natalie Portman brought up the wisdom Bacall passed on to her when the two worked together. In fact, the icon helped Natalie in her first directing effort (Natalie directed Lauren in the short comedy film Eve back in 2008).
Lauren Bacall’s strength, wit and talent matched her extreme beauty. I had the great fortune that she so generously allowed me to direct her in my first short film. It was a true honor to watch her act up close – her sense of humor, timing and imagination were apparent in every moment. I will never forget the gift of her trust in me and the inimitable and vast talent she had. My deepest condolences to her loved ones.
On Saturday, Oct. 11, more than 1,000 prominent philanthropists, business and entertainment community leaders, local dignitaries and other hospital supporters will gather at The Event Deck at L.A. LIVE for the 2014 Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Gala: Noche de Niños, presented by Delta Air Lines. The signature biennial event raises funds for the hospital’s most critical needs while celebrating its heroes: the courageous children in its care, the exceptional caregivers who change lives and the compassionate community that support its mission.
The evening will also honor three recipients in recognition of their unwavering compassion and dedication to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman, prominent philanthropists Sally and Bill Hurt, and Costco Wholesale will each receive the “Courage to Care” award, which was inspired by an 11-year-old terminal cancer patient, Dustin Meraz, whose legacy was to inspire others to have the courage to care for children in need.
One of the longest running talent-rep relationships in Hollywood has come to a climax. As Natalie Portman transitions to a move to Paris, she and Brillstein Entertainment partner Aleen Keshishian will be parting ways, sort of. Portman is relocating to be with husband Benjamin Millepied. A dancer she met while making Black Swan, Millepied is taking the job as director of the Paris Opera Ballet.
Portman, who just made her directorial debut on the Hebrew-language adaptation of the Amos Oz novel A Tale Of Love And Darkness, will continue to star in Hollywood movies, and maybe some European films. She will also write and direct while being a wife and mother, all part of the next chapter in a remarkable life. To that end, she has hired French agent Laurent Gregoire, who’ll work with CAA on Portman’s film career. Keshishian will still be involved in the branding aspect of Portman’s career, which includes a lucrative Dior campaign, but she will no longer manage the movie career of her first client.
Natalie attended Miss Dior Exhibition on June 19, 2014 in Shanghai, China. Nat wore a Dior white silk dress for the occasion which she set off with black accessories: pointy-toed Dior pumps and a matching clutch.
“The opening night here has such great energy of all the, of course, people here who are seeing the exhibit for the first time in Shanghai, but also of this sort of reunion for all these women artists who are represented in the exhibition who of course are reuniting again after last year’s opening in Paris. So it’s very exciting to sort of see it a second time with the same group of people. It’s starting to feel like this sisterhood,” Natalie said in a video released by Dior.
“Greed, a New Fragrance by Francesco Vezzoli” crystallizes the Italian-born artist’s interest in advertising and celebrity. The work takes the form of a 60-second commercial directed by Roman Polanski and starring Michelle Williams and Natalie Portman as two women embroiled in a wrestling match over a fictional perfume. Inspired by Marcel Duchamp’s “Belle Haleine: Eau de Violette” (1921), Vezzoli replaces Duchamp’s image with his own on the label of the bottle.
Michelle Williams slides open the bedroom doors and slinks up to Natalie Portman, who nervously brushes her hair and glances at an oversized bottle of perfume called Greed. On the label is a photograph of artist Francesco Vezzoli decked out in drag.
After Williams detects the scent on Portman’s neck, both characters fall to the floor. In a flurry of wrestling moves, they try to wrench away the bottle from each other. The 60-second faux commercial, directed by Roman Polanski, closes with Vezzoli picking up the bottle and leaving the women in an entwined heap on the floor.
Relativity Media and The Weinstein Company have set February 20, 2015 as the U.S. release date for Natalie’s indie Western “Jane Got a Gun,” according to Variety. It’s the first title to land on the date.
“Jane” had originally been dated for Aug. 29, but was pulled from that date two weeks ago.