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I had no idea what revelations awaits when I reunited with my first husband, Colin Hayden Evans, 30 years later. Imagine my complete surprise when he casually revealed a secret affair with Hollywood screen icon Lauren Bacall in 1979. I couldn’t picture my reclusive ex-husband in the Hollywood world. But it turned out to be true.

By the time I reconnected with Colin in 2005, he was an established and successful BBC radio playwright for 25 years, with a series of powerful psychological and supernatural dramas to his name.

But in the late 1970s, at age 39, early in his writing career, his agent sent him to Los Angeles to help set up a radio drama repertory company with Hollywood stars. It was during this period that he was introduced to Lauren Bacall at a dinner party. They had an immediate relationship and they immediately started a relationship.

Bekele in 1979, during the time of the affair

Bekele in 1979, during the time of the affair (Image: Louis Monier/Gamma-Rafo/Getty)

During my visit to Colin, he asked if I would be willing to edit the couple’s letters, diaries, and interviews. “What happened to us was not what you would call falling in love with an ordinary person,” he told me. But there was a caveat: for the time being, his identity had to be kept strictly hidden.

Over the next few months I found documents that described strange and sometimes almost paranormal experiences between him and Baikal after 55 years of that time. Colin told me, “You’ll meet her one day.”

Then Colin died and after a few attempts to get in touch with Baikal, he also died in 2014. After failing to get a response from her family, who seemed determined to hide this episode in Baikal’s life, I decided to publish her extraordinary story. It is important, I think, because it reveals the innermost thoughts of Lauren Bacall and presents her deeply personal and hitherto unknown side.

She was always seen as an enigma, a little different from other stars, somehow removed from the joyous era of Hollywood. And here we have an insight into that difference.

She was deeply in the esoteric and spiritual, which was eventually given full expression through my relationship with my ex-husband.

Lauren Bacall with husband Humphrey Bogart

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Regarding the writings, as well as the people who moved in Baikal’s circle, their meeting had an extraordinary effect not only on both of them, but also on others present at the time.

Guests at the dinner party shake them off their normalcy as they describe the meeting of Bacall and Colin. “It changed my life forever”, wrote one guest.

Despite the age difference of 16 years, their relationship was much more than a run-of-the-mill romance.

Bacall writes in her diary how meeting Colin changed her and gave meaning to her glamorous, yet delicate, Hollywood lifestyle. “We weren’t in love,” she wrote. “We were very close to him.”

She wrote of their first meeting “Just once in a while, something was there – although I knew it was waiting. It was a big surprise.”

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As soon as we shook hands with each other, everything stopped. I know it sounds weird – but it was so.

He was suddenly there – as if there was nothing else; It was as if it was filled with air. And it was the only thing that mattered. It just put us aside, and we never got better. ,

Lauren Bacall in 1946

Lauren Bacall in 1946 (Image: GETTY)

Meanwhile, Colin described what happened from their point of view: “One night in the hallway of a house, for no apparent reason and no understanding, we stopped each other. It happened instantly. We ran into each other. were very surprised – and yet immediately got to know the other one.”

For the next five intense months, Colin lived with Baikal in Los Angeles and they barely left each other. Visas and work commitments eventually separated them, but they remained in constant contact until Colin’s death in Wales in 2009.

The excerpts from their diary are full of intimate revelations that describe their thoughts and feelings during their time together.

Lauren Bacall calls in 1955

Baikal in 1955 (Image: GETTY)

In another entry, Bacall wrote: “If someone had asked me: Are you falling in love with this man, I probably would have said, No. Then attracted? Not at all. But if they said in that case It would have been fine if he had just left, I know I would have voluntarily died instead of letting that happen. I felt like I could never breathe again until he was there.”

Similarly, Evans wrote: “In retrospect, I have always found it strange that I never left the house that night or later. It was never discussed: I just stayed. A few days later, when I asked the question picked it up, he was surprised that I hadn’t seen it for myself. ‘Where can you go?’ he said.

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My first husband and Baikal’s experiences in turn have influenced me. The fact that life can be very strange, and there is no such thing as normal, is, to me, something to be celebrated. Life is never what it seems.

Jane Metcalf's new book centers on Lauren Bacall's secret relationship with a British author

Jane Metcalf’s new book centers on Lauren Bacall’s secret relationship with a British author (image: )

Being privileged to have access to these extraordinary documents gave me a special glimpse of one of Hollywood’s greats. I thought it was right that everyone should also get a chance to read. The result is “Things in Heaven and Earth”.

  • ‘Things in Heaven and Earth: The Mysterious Affair of a Hollywood Legend and a British Writer’ by Jane Metcalf, £10.99, (ISBN: 9781527265813) available on Amazon and all bookstores.