The former The Smiths frontman, who namechecked Attenborough's Brighton Rock character 'Pinkie' in his 1994 track Now My Heart Is Full, was saddened by the British actor's passing, aged 90, on Sunday (24Aug14).
He was earlier upset by Bacall's death at the age of 89 on 12 August (14), and he has penned a heartfelt tribute to both stars - while also making a controversial comment about Robin Williams, another actor who passed away this month.
Morrissey writes, "I was thrilled beyond words to have met Richard Attenborough, who, of course, played Pinkie in Brighton Rock (1947), a central theme of my song Now My Heart Is Full. When I met Sir Richard he was delightful, and I asked him if Brighton Rock seemed like a hundred years ago. He replied 'Oh, much more than that...'
"I also had the extraordinary pleasure of meeting the recently deceased Lauren Bacall... so beautiful, so cautious... and so sad that her death was overshadowed by that of Robin Williams. It was Lauren, not Robin, who changed motion picture history. Yet modern media has an odd way of forgetting the more senior servers of the arts."