Legendary Silver Screen actress Lauren Bacall dies at 89
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8/13/2014 (2 years ago)
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As an actress, she started things off right. She got to costar with Humphrey Bogart at the age of 19 in "To Have and To Have Not" in 1944. In that classic wartime drama she told Bogie that if he ever needed her, to whistle. She later walked Bogart down the wedding aisle. Silver Screen icon Lauren Bacall has died at the age of 89.
Lauren Bacall was one of the last of an era of classic screen actresses that included Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth, Lana Turner, Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Bacall died following a massive stroke, her family members confirmed. The smoky-voiced movie legend, never afraid to crack wise when women in movies were usually just decorative passed away peacefully in New York, according to Robbert de Klerk.
The co-managing partner of the Humphrey Bogart Estate,
De Klerk expressed deep sorrow and "great gratitude for her amazing life." Bacall's daughter, Leslie Bogart, said the family was not sharing any additional information at this time.
Bacall launched her career with "To Have and Have Not," the 1944 film that turned "Bogie and Bacall" into one of Hollywood's legendary couples. Born Betty Joan Perske on September 16, 1924, in New York, she was a fledgling New York stage actress when she came to the attention of director Howard Hawks, who placed her under contract.
Outspoken and unafraid to crack wise, Lauren Bacall has died of a massive stroke at the age of 89.
Only 19 when she made her Hollywood debut, Bacall was known for her deep, husky voice and "The Look," a sultry look with her chin low and eyes up toward the actor or camera.
Wedding Humphrey Bogart in 1945, their romantic relationship that would continue until his death 12 years later. Bogart and Bacall would team up in three more Warner Bros. movies, "The Big Sleep," "Dark Passage" and "Key Largo."
Bacall was one of the last of an era of classic screen actresses that included Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth, Lana Turner, Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn.
Bacall also costarred with many of the era's biggest names, Kirk Douglas in "Young Man With a Horn," Gary Cooper in "Bright Leaf," Betty Grable and Marilyn Monroe in "How to Marry a Millionaire," John Wayne in "Blood Alley," Rock Hudson in "Written on the Wind" and Gregory Peck in "Designing Woman."
Lauren Bacall launched her career with "To Have and Have Not," the 1944 film that turned "Bogie and Bacall" into one of Hollywood's legendary couples.
She would later marry actor Jason Robards. The couple, who divorced in 1969, had a son, Sam Robards, who went on to have his own successful acting career.
Bacall returned to her Broadway roots many times. She appeared in the 1959-60 comedy "Goodbye Charlie," the 1965-68 comedy "Cactus Flower" and the 1970-72 musical "Applause," which earned her a Tony Award.
In 1996, Bacall appeared as the meddling mother to Barbra Streisand in "The Mirror Has Two Faces," a role for which she received her only Academy Award nomination as supporting actress. She lost out to Juliette Binoche for "The English Patient."
Bacall remained philosophical about her loss. "The part I had in Barbra's movie was a terrific part just on its own," she said. "The opportunity to work with her was great, but you know, the whole thing of awards is a nightmare, I think. It has gotten out of hand. There are too many awards."
She would later remark, "Listen, I never went into this business thinking of winning anything . I went into it because I loved it and I wanted to be good at it. It was a form of expression for me. I love to hide behind characters. So [any recognition] I get is a perk. It's just an extra. Just the fact that all that happened to me last year, it is -- well -- fabulous."
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