“We had it all
Just like Bogie and Bacall
Starring in our own late, late show
Sailing away to Key Largo”
– Bertie Higgins, “Key Largo”
Hollywood fame. Tinsel Town glitz.
With the foundation behind the Mecca of the movie business being based in such non-realistic energies as hear say, rumor, and empty promises, the majority of Hollywood’s best known couples tend to have the shortest of shelf lives with most not being in any way memorable together as a romantic team.
Intriguingly, the couple from Hollywood’s “Golden Age” that’s still respected and admired in the present day just as much as when they were at the height of their romantic prime were both born beneath the most non-Tinsel Town like astrological element of Earth. Known for its ethic of hard work, grounded practicality and non-diva like behavior, both the great “film noir” actress Lauren Bacall was born beneath the middle of the Earth signs, Virgo, and the love of her life, one of the most popular actors of all time, Humphrey Bogart was born beneath the last of the Earth signs, Capricorn.
When the two Earth signs first met, she, the Virgo, was 19 and he, the Capricorn, was 44. At the time, he was a veteran actor at the tail end of his 3rd failed marriage with a slew of films under his belt and she was a teenage model with no prior acting experience, whatsoever.
Despite having such vastly different backgrounds, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall crossed paths on the set of the Warner Brothers film “To Have and Have Not” in 1943.
What began as an on screen romance evolved into a Hollywood love union that became legendary in its own right. The chemistry between the two Earth signs on the silver screen was so overtly palpable, the studios cast them as a leading duo in 4 more films over the course of 5 years after their initial picture was made. Privately, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall became permanent fixtures in each other’s lives well past those five years of filming. Not too long after making their first movie the two Earth signs became dutifully committed to each other and remained so until the very end.
At first glance, a romantic relationship consisting of two people born 25 years apart from each other sounds anything but grounded and stable however it must be specified that one of the two Earth signs in this particular pairing was born with Saturn as their planetary ruler.
The ringed planet rules over the sign of the Mountain Goat and Time itself and for many a Capricorn Time is the final determinant not only with their successes in Life but with their personal relationships as well. Many a Cappie will often be interested in those much older than them in their younger years and because they age well and grow more sexily distinguished with the passage of Time, those born beneath the last of the Earth signs tend to get involved with those significantly younger than themselves during their mid to later years.
Humphrey Bogart was no exception to this Time honored Capricorn rule.
“A kiss, in our family, was an event.” – Humphrey Bogart
Humphrey Bogart on the set of the film he is most famously known for – 1942’s Casablanca.
Time, for the Capricorn, tends to act like an insidious enemy early on in life but then transforms into a gentle, caring friend as the Saturn ruled person gains age and experience.
Thus it was for Humphrey De Forest Bogart, born on Christmas Day, 1899. Born to a father who was a Manhattan cardiopulmonary surgeon and a mother who was a nationally renowned illustrator, high expectations were placed on the Bogart family’s first born and only son. It was assumed the son of Dr. Bogart would follow in his father’s medical footsteps but hopes were dashed and disappointment ran rampant when Humphrey was expelled from the prestigious Phillips Prepatory Academy in his final year of school.
Craving to be of use, Bogart enlisted in the Navy but this only prolonged his sense of failure. The teen desired to take part in military action during the tail end of World War I but the young Capricorn’s timing was off. Soon after joining America’s Naval Forces, the Armistice was signed and the “Great War” was brought to a close.
An unwelcoming family along with a consecutive string of dead end jobs awaited young Humphrey upon his return from the War. Theater and dramatics were a last resort for the East Coast boy raised to be a gentleman, and even then Bogie and Acting stumbled upon each other haphazardly when a childhood colleague offered him a job at his father’s theatrical stage and film studio.
Time is no friend to the young Capricorn and Bogart didn’t find stage acting the least bit easy or comfortable at first. In the early years of his stage career, the green and inexperienced actor projected to the outside world an inability to possess any kind of dramatic “niche”and early reviews of his theatrical performances reflected that sentiment by being discouraging at best.
Despite the painfully noticeable absence of success and critical acclaim, the Capricorn slowly but surely trudged his way up his personalized peak of challenge better known as “Mt. Dramatic Skills”. Gaining valuable experience first with theater, then with Hollywood “B” movies, the actor born beneath the sign of the Mystic Mountain Goat didn’t reach the precipice of success atop his dramatic mountain until his early 40’s with the box office and artistic sensations of 1941’s “The Maltese Falcon” and 1942’s “Casablanca”.
Is it any cosmic wonder, then, the theme song from one of Bogey’s most beloved films is titled, “As Time Goes By”?
Returning to the Virgoan half of our Love duo…..
The 18 year old model named Betty Joan Perske who would eventually become the star of both film and theater – Lauren Bacall.
When young model Betty Joan Perske, a Virgo born September 16th, 1924 was initially told by film director Howard Hawks that her leading man would be the significantly older Humphrey Bogart, her first reaction was one of critical derision when the teenager thought to herself, “YUCK!”.
But the virginally dramatic beauty born beneath the sign of the Virgin would soon find out what a blessing having a veteran actor as experienced as Bogie as her leading man would prove to be.
The typical standard of excellence for a Virgo is Perfection, itself and the harsh reality of being thrust into a starring role with no prior experience made the newly named actress Lauren Bacall realize quickly enough this acting thing wasn’t going to be the least bit easy, especially after being around her seasoned male co-star for just a few minutes.
Bacall is famously known for her characteristic “Film Noir Look”, where she would drop her head so low, her chin would be practically resting on her chest while her cat-like, emerald green eyes would proceed to look straight up at her leading man.
This notorious “look” came about because the Virgoan actress was so petrified with nerves during filming, her entire head would uncontrollably shake. Lowering the head while simultaneously lifting her eyes was the most effective way the inexperienced actress’ nervous condition of merciless self -criticism went unnoticed.
The actress with the emerald green eyes of a film noir cat – Lauren Bacall
Despite having an illustrious career both in film and on the theatrical stage, Ms. Bacall was born beneath one of the karmic signs, which inherently function best when they are of service to others.
And the Virgo happily served her Capricorn husband like nobody’s business.
Even though her star was still very much on the rise throughout the late 40’s and 1950’s, Lauren Bacall kept her acting career on a very short leash in order to make a home and build a family with her husband, who at the time of their marriage was the most highly paid actor in all of Tinsel Town.
A family fascinatingly enough which consisted of Bogart, a Capricorn father, Bacall, a Virgo mother, along with a Capricorn son, Stephen, and a Virgo daughter, Leslie.
One of the most endearing personality traits of the evolved Virgo is their ability to be at one’s side in the midst of a crisis or problem and asking where they can help while rolling up their sleeves in all earnestness to pitch in as best they can.
Case in point, when Bogie landed the role which earned him his one and only Academy Award for Best Actor as Charlie Allnutt in John Huston’s 1951 classic “The African Queen“, he was informed that all filming would be done on location deep within the jungles of Africa’s Belgian Congo,
…to which his Virgoan wife accompanied him every step of the way as the Hollywood entourage struggled and foraged through the deepest and most dangerous parts of the African wilderness.
Battling scorpions, armies of ants, attacking maternal hippos, along with a raging bout of dysentery which all but Bogart and director John Huston succumbed to, Lauren Bacall’s on-location presence proved to be an invaluable factor in the making of “The African Queen”.
The young starlet displayed her Virgoan best by not only being of cheerful assistance to her husband and to anyone else in the crew that needed her, the un-diva’s services were the most appreciated by the film’s leading lady, fellow Earth sign, Katherine Hepburn, who was the most harshly affected by the brutal African environment, becoming critically ill for a hair-raising portion of the movie’s filming.
Needless to say, the two Earth signed actresses became life-long friends from that point onwards.
Tragically and beautifully, Lauren Bacall served her husband to the utmost by tending to his every need right until the very end of his short lived life. Humphrey Bogart succumbed to esophogeal cancer at the age of 57 in 1957, leaving his Virgoan wife a widow at the age of 32 along with two small children ages 8 and 5 at the time of his death.
In one of her last official interviews Ms. Bacall stated in true Virgoan self-criticizing fashion that she did “everything wrong” by focusing on her real life first and her career last. From a karmic perspective, I think the Universe would greatly beg to differ, given the admired popularity of the Earth signed couple of Bogie and Bacall will in all likelihood continue to withstand the test of Time now and well into the future.
Brad Kronen has written numerous books on both Astrology and History. His most popular published pieces to date are his 12 astrological dating guides tailor made for each sign of the Zodiac entitled “Love in the Stars”. The edition written for Lauren Bacall’s sign of Virgo is shown below and can be purchased at amazon.com. Click on the image below for that along with a complete listing of Brad’s published work: