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Bacall Rips Cruise’s ‘Vulgar’ Behavior

August 1, 2005

NEW YORK (AP) _ Lauren Bacall has a few unkind words to say about Tom Cruise. In an interview in the Aug. 8 issue of Time magazine, now on newsstands, the 80-year-old actress says, ``When you talk about a great actor, you’re not talking about Tom Cruise.″

``His whole behavior is so shocking,″ she says. ``It’s inappropriate and vulgar and absolutely unacceptable to use your private life to sell anything commercially, but I think it’s kind of a sickness.″

Bacall was alluding to Cruise’s displays of emotion and public courting of Katie Holmes in the weeks leading up to the release of his new film, ``War of the Worlds.″ Cruise and Holmes became engaged in June after he proposed at the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Last fall, Bacall made similar remarks about Cruise’s ex-wife Nicole Kidman, her co-star in ``Birth.″ While promoting the movie, Bacall became irritated when an interviewer described Kidman as ``a legend.″

``She’s not a legend,″ Bacall said. ``She can’t be a legend at whatever age she is. ... You have to be older.″

``Private Screenings: Lauren Bacall″ and a marathon of Bacall’s films were to air Monday on TCM.


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