After beating screen legend Humphrey Bogart at arm wrestling, did writer Truman Capote collect his reward in the bedroom? Not according to Lauren Bacall, who sets the record straight on the apocryphal story in a new profile in Vanity Fair.
Out blogger Greg in Hollywood quotes the piece, writing that Bacall was mildly outraged at the question. “Oh, please. You must be joking. I never heard that. Why you bring up a thing like that? What kind of a mind do you have? Step out of the gutter. ... Maybe it was a pipe dream of Truman’s — who knows? But it’s a totally ridiculous suggestion that it really is a fact, and I hope that’s beneath you, because I really don’t like the fact that you brought something like that up.”
Greg also writes about a related anecdote that Bacall, who was famously married to Bogart for a dozen years, shares about gay entertainer Noel Coward:
“He and Bogie were guests of Clifton Webb one weekend. Bogie and Noel were assigned to the same room and Noel was gay, as everybody on Earth knew, but nobody cared, because he was so great. Just to be in his presence was quite enough. And at the end of the evening one night, they were changing into their PJs to hit the sack. Bogie was sitting on the edge of the bed, and at one point put his hand on Noel’s knee. Bogie said: ‘Noel, I have to tell you that if I had my druthers and I liked guys you would be the one I’d want to be with. But, unfortunately, I like girls.’ And from that moment on Noel never mentioned it, and Bogie never mentioned it. Class behavior! And they became fast, fast friends.”