This is just an inarticulate but truly felt note to try to thank you for your long friendship, loyalty, and love for Bogie – for seeing him when you did and behaving as you did. I know how hard it was for you but you came through in style. Bogie always adored you. You knew him long before I did so I guess you knew that. I envy you for those extra years – you were lucky and so was I. I’m grateful for it all – there’s never been a man like Bogie. It won’t be the same for us, Cliff – but we have a lot that can never be taken from us and for that I’m grateful. So darling – you are now my good friend and I like that.
Always my love
note from Lauren Bacall to Clifton Webb, after Humphrey Bogart’s death
in the photo – Bacall, Bogart, Webb, Mabelle Webb, Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh, Joan Bennett, and others