Congratulations, Miss Bacall


Lauren Bacall and Harry Truman 1945


I suppose there are some who can't quite get their head around the fact that Lauren Bacall has been famous since, when, exactly? 1944? Earlier than that? I mean, world famous.


World famous for 65 years? My goodness.


The above photograph, of Bacall getting Vice-President Harry Truman in hot water with his wife, was taken in 1945. And, this year, she is getting an honorary Oscar:



The Academy Awards won't be presented until March, but the first Oscar statuettes of the season were being handed out Saturday night at a private, black-tie dinner in Hollywood.


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is breaking with tradition and presenting its honorary Oscars away from the televised ceremony. Actress Lauren Bacall, producer-director Roger Corman and cinematographer Gordon Willis were to each receive Oscar statuettes at the inaugural Governors Awards event.


The winner of this year's Irving J. Thalberg Memorial Award, producer John Calley, was to also receive his trophy at the star-studded dinner. Each of the four recipients were chosen by the academy's Board of Governors.


Annette Bening, Tom Hanks, Kirk Douglas, Anjelica Huston and Quentin Tarantino signed on as presenters for the evening, which included 600 invited guests celebrating at the Grand Ballroom above the Kodak Theatre, the same room where the annual post-Academy Awards Governors Ball is held.


Morgan Freeman, Alec Baldwin, Steven Spielberg and other guests were serenaded by a violin quartet before the ceremony began in a room decked out in bronze and silver curtains with a giant Oscar statue at the center.


Bacall made her screen debut with Humphrey Bogart in "To Have and Have Not" in 1944. She went on to star in more than 30 films, including classics such as "The Big Sleep" and "Key Largo."



Here's Hilary Swank atop the piano, which is still  in the National Press Club:



Hilary Swank


Neat-o.