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Lauren Bacall to Recount “How to Marry a Millionaire”


August 30, 2006 - New York, NY — Oscar®-nominated actress Lauren Bacall will be the special guest at the “Monday Nights with Oscar” screening of “How to Marry a Millionaire,” on Monday, September 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy Theater at Lighthouse International in New York City.

Bacall will participate in a post-screening discussion moderated by Robert Osborne, Hollywood Reporter columnist, host of Turner Classic Movies and official biographer of the Academy Awards®.

“How to Marry a Millionaire,” starring Bacall, Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable, tells the story of three couturier models who lease a posh Sutton Place apartment in New York City in their search for eligible millionaires. Along the way, they discover love, and perhaps their real fortunes, in the most unlikely fellows.

The film also stars three-time Academy Award nominee William Powell as J.D. Hanley, the millionaire who falls for Schatze Page (Bacall). David Wayne and Rory Calhoun co-star as Freddie Denmark and Eben Salem, respectively.

Directed by Academy Award nominee Jean Negulesco (“Johnny Belinda”), the 1953 film is based on the plays The Greeks Had a Word for It (1930) by Zoe Akins and Loco (1946) by Dale Eunson and Katherine Albert. It was adapted for the screen and produced by Nunnally Johnson.

“How to Marry a Millionaire” earned an Academy Award nomination for Color Costume Design for 20th Century-Fox wardrobe director Charles LeMaire, a 16-time Academy Award nominee and winner for “All about Eve,” “The Robe” and “Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing,” and Travilla (William “Bill” Travilla), a four-time Oscar nominee and winner for “The Adventures of Don Juan.” Travilla was also known for designing Monroe’s costumes.

The print for this screening, recently restored by 20th Century Fox and added to the Academy Film Archive collection, begins with a six-minute sequence of composer Alfred Newman conducting the 20th Century-Fox Symphony Orchestra as it plays part of the score he wrote for “Street Scene,” the 1931 United Artists release.

“Monday Nights with Oscar” is a monthly series showcasing high-quality prints of films that have been nominated for or won Academy Awards.

The Academy Theater at Lighthouse International is located at 111 East 59th Street in New York City. Tickets for the screening are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID.

Tickets may be reserved by calling 1-888-778-7575. Depending on availability, tickets may be purchased the night of the screening. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information, visit

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