Lauren Bacall will never vogue again. Neither will Marlon Brando, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly nor Bette Davis. Bacall's passing on Tuesday marked the final death of all the icons from Madonna's 1990 hit "Vogue." The popular dance tune name-dropped a total of 16 Hollywood legends famous for "giving good face."
Bacall, 89, died of a stroke in her home in the famous Dakota building on Central Park West in New York. Humphrey Bogart's widow was best known for her roles in “The Big Sleep,” “Key Largo,” “To Have and Have Not,” “How to Marry A Millionaire” and 2003’s “Dogville.”
In her memoir “Now,” Bacall said she didn't like being called a legend. “In my slightly paranoiac head, legends and special ladies don’t work, it’s over for them; they just go around being legends and special ladies.”
Madonna was at the top of her game when she dropped "Vogue" in 1990. The lyrics feature the names of Greta Garbo, Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Joe DiMaggio, Marlon Brando, James Dean, Grace Kelly, Jean Harlow, Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Rita Hayworth, Lauren Bacall, Katharine Hepburn, Lana Turner and Bette Davis. It is widely considered one of Madonna's most acclaimed tracks. The memorable lyrics go:
"Greta Garbo, and Monroe
Dietrich and DiMaggio
Marlon Brando, Jimmy Dean
On the cover of a magazine
Grace Kelly; Harlow, Jean
Picture of a beauty queen
Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire
Ginger Rodgers, dance on air
They had style, they had grace
Rita Hayworth gave good face
Lauren, Katherine, Lana too
Bette Davis, we love you"
Bacall outlived the others by at least 10 years. The second most recent "Vogue" star to die was Marlon Brando in 2004.
Watch Madonna's classic black-and-white "Vogue" video below: