Just when we thought this week couldn’t turn into a more mayjah case of The Sads…
Shortly after the shocking suicide of comedy great Robin Williams, came news that Hollywood had lost a second legend. Screen siren Lauren Bacall died of a stroke at her home in California on Tuesday. She was 89.
And with news of Bacall’s passing comes the revelation that every single one of the Old Hollywood toastmakers name-checked in Madonna’s 1990 single “Vogue” have drifted off to the great back red carpet in the sky.
Madonna’s “Vogue,” which burned up the Billboard charts as an ode to Tinseltown’s era of grace and glamour, gave hattips to trendsetters like; Bacall, Great Garbo, Marlon Brando, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Bettie Davis, Marilyn Monroe, Jimmy Dean, Rita Hayworth, Joe DiMaggio, Katharine Hepburn and Marlene Dietrich. At the time of Vogue’s release, nine of the stars mentioned were still alive. Bacall’s passing, however, means this number has now dwindled to zero.