Lauren Bacall daughter

Lauren Bacall with her daughter in Paris, 1968

 Lauren Bacall’s Watercress Soup

(Potage Cressonière)

Show business legend Lauren Bacall contributed this recipe to a mid-1960s cookbook.  Here is what she wrote:

“This recipe has been chosen by me as a favorite recipe for the simple, logical reason that I had it for the first time on my first trip to the most beautiful city in the world, Paris.  It was a happy time, as it always is in Paris, so I pass this on hoping that a flavor of the city of the chestnut trees will be felt by all who have Potage Cressonière.”



1 lb potatoes

1 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 pints milk

one bunch of watercress

1 oz. butter

Serves six to eight



Peel the potatoes, quarter them, and boil them in salted water until tender.  Drain, crush them with a potato-masher, and when free from all lumps add the boiling milk and salt.  While the potatoes are cooking, wash and pick the leaves off the watercress and chop roughly.  Add to the soup and cook for 5-6 minutes.  Take off the fire and add the butter.  Pour into a hot tureen and serve.


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Bing Crosby microphone

Bing Crosby was, perhaps, the first multi-media superstar: radio, recordings, live performances, and film.  Crosby was an Oscar-winning actor and the top-selling recording artist of the first half of the 20th-century.  Despite all these accomplishments (and many more), he is only appreciated by a cult audience today, generally fans of early vocal jazz music and TCM junkies like myself.  Because he was the greatest star of radio and recordings, two mediums that used microphones for the first time, he essentially created contemporary singing, inventing the concept of the “crooner” by taking advantage of the intimacy created by amplification. Crosby created a bridge in popular culture from the declamatory post-Vaudeville belting style of Al Jolson to the mid-century Frank Sinatra phenomenon. In this sense, everyone from Elvis Presley to Justin Timberlake is standing on Bing Crosby’s shoulders.

For those who remember him only as an older man, perhaps singing a duet of “Little Drummer Boy” with David Bowie, attired in his trademark cardigan and hat, it may be a surprise to learn how hip he was.  As you will see in this clip with Louis Armstrong singing Cole Porter’s “Now You Has Jazz ” from High Society (1956), Crosby was a pop vocalist who felt completely comfortable surrounded by jazz players.

After the jump, Stargayzing shares Bing’s list of the 10 Greatest Performers of All Time.


Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Quote of the Day: Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren red dress

“Every time I have wanted something badly, I have had to wait.  But eventually it came.  I’ve been lucky of course, but I worked hard to change from an ignorant unattractive peasant into a real actress.  Nobody will ever know how determined I was.”

- from Rex Reed’s Valentines and Vitriol, 1977

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