At the Oscar ceremony 10 years ago – the one where Peter Jackson's third Lord of the Rings film hauled away another sack of precious gold – it was still possible to say that Old Hollywood was being celebrated alongside modern Hollywood. Dotted around the auditorium at the Kodak Theatre that night were several of the venerated faces of motion pictures' golden age. At one point, Tom Hanks stepped up to present a special tribute to the comedian Bob Hope, then aged 101, and later Julia Roberts made a similar presentation to a 96-year-old Katharine Hepburn.
The sombre "in memoriam" sequence in 2004 paid tribute to Donald O'Connor, star of Singing in the Rain, to Gregory Peck, to Elia Kazan and to Ann Miller, the aged dance star who had only recently reappeared on the silver screen to play a cameo role as a spooky remnant of Hollywood glamour in David Lynch's Mulholland Drive.
The death last week of Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart's co-star in To Have and Have Not, The Big Sleep and Key Largo, caused many film fans to mourn the passing of one of the last truly great Hollywood talents. When shall we see her like again, several asked, and how can the tawdry, brash Los Angeles of today ever compete?
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Here's an overlooked musical tribute to Bacall from 1982.