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Goshen's Howard Hawks gave Lauren Bacall her big break

Thanks to Howard Hawks, Lauren Bacall was cast in the 1944 film “To Have and Have Not,” which launched her career.

Posted on Aug. 13, 2014 at 11:01 a.m.

“You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve?”

It was Goshen native Howard Hawks who gave Lauren Bacall her big break and her trademark line in 1944’s “To Have and Have Not.”

Hawks was the film’s director and cast Bacall in her first big role, opposite Humphrey Bogart.

Bacall died Tuesday, Aug. 12, in New York. She was 89 years old.

Hawks was born in a home at the corner of Fifth and Jefferson in Goshen in 1896. The site is now occupied by the Masonic Lodge, but a plaque marks his birthplace.

He directed a number of critically-acclaimed films including “The Big Sleep,” “His Girl Friday,” “I Was A Male War Bride” and “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.” 


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