January 23, 2017

Lauren Bacall upset over Truman Capote oral sex comment

By Greg Hernandez

HollywoodNews.com: I’m working my way through the giant Hollywood Issue of ‘Vanity Fair’ which is always a real feast.

One of the articles I read over the weekend was a lengthy profile of Lauren Bacall, the 86-year-old screen legend (‘To Have and Have Not,’ ‘The Big Sleep,’ ‘How to Marry a Millionaire’) and Broadway star (‘Applause,’ ‘Woman of the Year,’ ‘Cactus Flower’).

She’s always been a pistol and remains so. The ‘Vanity Fair’ piece does expose Bacall’s contradictions particularly when it comes to her late first husband, the great movie icon Humphrey Bogart with whom she had two children, starred opposite in in four classic films, and was married to until his death from cancer in 1957. (She was later engaged to Frank Sinatra and married to Jason Robards with whom she has a son).

Anyway, Bacall becomes irritated in the ‘Vanity Fair’ article when the interviewer, Matt Tyrnauer, brings up a story spread by Truman Capote. The ‘In Cold Blood’ author is quoted as saying “I gave Bogie a blow job one night” to settle a bet. Capote said after he beat Bogart at arm wrestling three times, “he went upstairs with me, unbuttoned his pants and took it out for me.”

Says Bacall: “Oh, please. You must be joking. I never heard that. Why you bring up a thing like that? What kind of a mind do you have? Step out of the gutter. … Maybe it was a pipe dr

About Greg Hernandez

Greg Hernandez has written about the entertainment world for more than a decade. He is a veteran of covering many Academy Awards shows (plus Emmys, Grammys and Golden Globes) as well as film festivals, movie premieres and philanthropic events. Hernandez founded the popular Out In Hollywood blog while a writer and columnist for the "Los Angeles Daily News." He’s also a former staff writer at the "Los Angeles Times" and "The Hollywood Reporter" and has been a contributing writer to "The Advocate." Greg is the founder and editor of Greginhollywood.com

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