How to grow old gracefully: Lauren Bacall

Lauren BacallThe legendary Lauren Bacall sadly died last week at the age of 89 and tributes to her talent and beauty have rolled in from around the world.

Reading about her life I was drawn to a portrait of her taken last year by British Photographer Andy Gotts as part of the Behind the Mask series for Somerset House.  The image of Bacall shows her as an old woman complete with wrinkles, sun spots, grey hair and minimal make up, but with her famous cheekbones and eyebrows still prominent.

Not someone who lived in the past - one of her most memorable quotes was ‘I am not a has-been, I am a will-be’ and she also famously said: ‘Your whole life shows in your face, and you should be proud of that.’

And that’s what shows in this portrait – a real woman, who is proud of what she was and what she has become. An icon and role model for growing old.

Plus she left $10,000 to her dog – that’s my kind of woman.

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