Bacall: 'Women can't have it all'

Last updated at 12:47 04 April 2005

Lauren Bacall has hit out at women with "minuscule talent" for sacrificing marriage for their careers.

The actress, who has starred in 55 films since making her big screen debut in 1944, says too many women want to "have it all".

She told the Radio Times that today's generation of actors "only think of stardom", while actresses were anorexic-looking and looked like each other.

Bacall, who was married to second husband Humphrey Bogart for 12 years until the screen legend's early death from throat cancer, said: "I put my career in second place throughout both my marriages and it suffered.

"I don't regret it... You make choices. If you want a good marriage, you must pay attention to that.

"If you want to be independent, go ahead. You can't have it all.

"Today, women with minuscule talent are willing to sacrifice everything for their careers."

Women can't have it all

Bacall, who was famous for inventing "The Look" when she shot to fame as Marie "Slim" Browning in To Have And Have Not, said: "Actors today go into TV, which I don't consider has a lot to do with acting.

"They only think of stardom. If you photograph well, that's enough.

"I have a terrible time distinguishing one from another. Girls wear their hair the same, and are much too anorexic-looking.

"They're not very womanly. And their entourages are such a nightmare."

She added: "We live in an age of mediocrity. Stars today are not the same stature as Bogie (Humphrey Bogart), Jimmy Cagney, Spencer Tracy, Henry Fonda and Jimmy Stewart."

Celebrities are too anorexic-looking

But the 80-year-old told the magazine she was "crazy about Hugh Grant" who was "charming, marvellous-looking. Not a great actor," she said "but he doesn't have to be".

She added: "Jude Law is good and has years ahead to prove himself.

"Michael Gambon is my favourite - outrageous and brilliant."

Bacall, who got engaged to Frank Sinatra after Bogart's death, before he called off their relationship, also criticised British authorities for not allowing her to fly with her dog, Sophie.

"Dear old England, I could kill them," she said, "It's so condescending and infuriating.

"I never expected the dog-loving British to be like that. I have to fly via France, give her tic things and tapeworm pills, and then take Eurostar."

She has also denied that she put down co-star Nicole Kidman by saying the Australian actress was not a legend.

"I said I didn't understand why she had to be labelled when she has her whole career in front of her," Bacall said.