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Bacall on Truman’s Piano

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Lauren Bacall sits atop the piano as Vice-President Harry S. Truman plays the piano. The photo that caused controversy and made headlines was a deliberately planned photo-op. On her visit to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on February 10, 1945, Bacall was asked by her press agent and chief of publicity atWarner Bros. Charlie Enfield to sit on the piano which was being played by the vice-president. The actress was not amused and she later confided that Truman played piano “badly, playing the Missouri Waltz, or something”.

Written by Alex Selwyn-Holmes

April 25, 2009 at 12:17 am

Posted in Culture, Politics

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  1. wonderful photo—and story, about the bad piano playing.


    January 12, 2011 at 1:25 am

  2. Lauren Bacall is beautiful! Her son, Sam Robards is the cousin of H. Neal Glanville, a Colorado Newspaper Columnist.


    October 1, 2011 at 7:02 pm

  3. [...] he never would have become president,” according to the Harry S. Truman Library Museum. A picture of actress Lauren Bacall sitting atop a piano as Truman played created something of a [...]

  4. If I could play the piano, I am certain that I would not play the piano well with that dish on top of it. (Especially thinking about what Bess would say.)

    Mikey NTH

    September 19, 2013 at 2:05 am

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