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Lauren Bacall
Actress, Confidential Agent (1945)
Lauren Bacall is still amateurish and she is about as English as Pocahontas.
(James Agee, Nation)
The Bacall publicity has plainly pushed the young woman too far too fast. Neither a great beauty nor a great actress, her voice and facial expressions, both limited, soon grow mononous. She is not even the interesting personality which careful direction made of her in To Have and Have Not.
It was assuredly no friend of Lauren Bacall's who persuaded her to assume the role of the Honourable Rose Cullen, daughter of Lord Benditch, the English coal baron. Phonetically, Miss Bacall is a lot closer to the Grand Concourse than to Piccadilly Circus, and her conception of how a spoiled young English lady might conduct herself is fashioned of the stuff of outright burlesque. For some reason, perhaps because her sultry stare has been almost as widely publicized as the glance of the Medusa, she keeps her features obstinately immobile even when portraying crises of the first water, and it is only by watching her nostrils carefully for an occasional flare that one can get a clue as to how she's feeling at any particular moment.
(John McCarten, New Yorker)
The response to my performance in this dud of a film was unanimously negative.
(Lauren Bacall)
Actress, The Big Sleep (1946)
Miss Bacall is a dangerous-looking female, but she still hasn't learned to act.
(Bosley Crowther, New York Times)
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