One of twenty black and white premium photos issued by Motion Picture Magazine, circa 1946. The original item measures approximately 7-1/2 X 10 inches and is on a light stock paper. You can check current availability of this and other Motion Picture Magazine premiums on eBay.
The following text is what is printed on the back of the above premium. I've added spaces for new paragraphs for better online reading, but all text remains the same.
Given the source of the premium, Motion Picture Magazine, this is basically the studio bio for Lauren Bacall up through the time that this item was printed, circa 1946.
Get a steady grip on yourself if you haven't yet seen LAUREN BACALL on the screen. For that sockeroo experience, run, don't walk, to the nearest theater at which Warners' To Have or Have Not, is playing. In it a new siren bursts upon the Hollywood scene. Bursts is putting it mildly.
With just one picture to her credit, colossal things are being predicted for Bacall. She can't miss, not with that voice, those eyes, that figure! It's rather stimulating, at that, to come across a real siren these days, what with the overdose of wholesome girlhood we've been up against the past few years.
Bacall is a siren of the old school. She smolders. She slinks. She slays 'em. To begin with, she looks sultry, every bit of her. Not obviously sexy as other stars are sexy, but the real kind. Her sultriness shows in her eyes, her expression. Her make-up, on the other hand, is so natural that the contrast adds to her allure.
Lauren got to Hollywood via the fashion model route. Mrs. Howard Hawks, wife of the producer, saw her picture in a magazine and interested her husband in it/. A letter was sent to the magazine. Lauren, not one to stall, replied by arriving in Hollywood in person. She was given a screen test, and it turned out just dandy. There wasn't a part for her just then, not the kind Hawks wanted to spring her in, so she sat around cooling her heels for eight months. Then the right kind of part came along, in To Have and Have Not, and the job she turned in proved how right both Hawks and Mrs. Hawks were in their faith in her.
For all her exotic appearance, Lauren is a very normal young lady. She's just 20, and off-screen she has a pixie humor which finds outlet in killing imitations of her fellow workers, especially Humphrey Bogart. Give-and-take horseplay abounded on the set while To Have and Have Not was being shot. Bogie loved it. "You can't hold that gal," he exclaimed admiringly, time after time. What else can be expected when sultry Bogart teams up with equally sultry Bacall?
Her new film is Warners' The Big Sleep.