Though Kirk had no lasting interest in Bacall, he did in her friend, a classmate of the pair of them named Diana Dill. Indeed, Dill would marry Kirk in 1943. One year after the wedding, their first son Michael was born. Kirk was still an aspiring actor at this point – his first film, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, wouldn’t happen until 1946.
It was actually Bacall who got Kirk into the movies. “I was in a play called The Wind Is Ninety — don’t ask me what the title means — when I got a visit backstage from an important Hollywood producer, Hal Wallis,” Kirk told HuffPost in 2014. “My friend Lauren Bacall had urged him to see me when he was in New York because I had gotten good reviews. He offered me a job.”