Lauren Bacall, the legendary film and stage actress has died on Tuesday in a New York City Hospital. The cause of death appears to be a stroke.
She was well known for her distinctive husky voice and sultry looks, apart from her outstanding talent and hard work. She lived a truly incredible life: she won numerous awards (including a Tony) she was a friend to the Kennedys, she was a fashion icon, a National Book Award-winning author, she was wife and co-star to one of the golden Hollywood greats Humphrey Bogart. She was one of the last survivors of the old Hollywood studio age.
From the first time she appeared on screen, at the age of 19, she was a star. She used to say that stardom isn’t a career, it’s an accident.
The actress received a Golden Globe and an honorary Oscar, but she didn’t receive an Academy Award nomination until 1996, as supporting actress for her role as Barbra Streisand’s mother in “The Mirror Has Two Faces.” She didn’t win, although she was considered to be the sentimental favorite.
Lauren outlived her first husband, Bogart, by more than 50 years but she never outlived their legend. It all began in their first movie that they did together, “To Have and Have Not,” when she uttered to him one of the sultriest lines in Hollywood history: “You don’t have to say anything, and you don’t have to do anything. Not a thing. Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.”
The pair was considered to be A-list glamour and B-movie danger. “Bogie and Bacall” were a hard-boiled couple who would fight and make up on a regular basis. She was less than half of Bogart’s age, but just as wise and jaded as he was. They both had smoldering spirits. They threw parties that are still considered to be one of the craziest and celebrity-packed ones ever. They even formed a gang of California carousers known as the Holmby Hills Rat Pack.
She continued her on-screen partnership with Bogart in “Key Largo,” “The Big Sleep” and “Dark Passage” after the couple were married in 1945. They had two children and were married until his death in 1957. She had another child with her second husband, Jason Robards.
Suring her rich career, she appeared in more than 30 movies, including “How to Marry a Millionaire” and “Murder on the Orient Express.”
Lauren Bacall was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1924 as Betty Joan Perske. She took a variation of her mother’s last name after her parents divorced.
She was 89.