Louise Dahl-Wolfe is credited with discovering Bacall while working for Diane Vreeland at Harper’s Bazaar.

On a visit to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on February 10, 1945, Bacall’s press agent, chief of publicity at Warner Bros. Charlie Enfield, asked the 20-year-old Bacall to sit on the piano which was being played by Vice-President of the United States Harry S. Truman. The photos caused controversy and made worldwide headlines. (VIA WIKIPEDIA)

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  1. November 5, 2012

    I think it is a charming photo…but I can see why there was controversy. It’s all in the angles.

    • November 5, 2012

      I guess it has a lot of leg? I like how happy and natural it looks.

  2. George Kaplan
    May 7, 2013

    Bozhe Moi! That is a ravishing, unaffected, joyful picture… Gee, how uptight they must have been for that to be scandalous 🙂 I’m crazy about how she looks in her outfit too, better than in the posed shots!

    • May 8, 2013

      My mom was suspending from school for three days for exposing her elbows… Chew on that riffraff!

  3. May 8, 2013

    Never trust a piano player.

    Oh wait.

    Don’t shoot the piano player.

    That was the movie title.


    She looks lovely.

    Your blog is delicious.

    • May 8, 2013

      I was just sipping up some beauty circa 1986 at your site… 😉

      • May 8, 2013

        it was Such a revelation (re) watching that Film.


  4. George Kaplan
    May 8, 2013

    “suspended for three days for exposing her elbows”…oh the brazen hussy! Seriously, it’s amazing how times change. Suspended for exposing elbows…wow.
    Yours, George Riff Raff 😉

  5. May 8, 2013

    Dearest V
    An exercise in insolence in art deco angles.
    Sexual geometry with attitude.
    Oh how she smoulders!
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

    • May 8, 2013

      Now that’s what got people all riled up! I see it – thank you for opening my eyes!

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