Hollywood Icon Lauren Bacall Dies at 89

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Legendary stage and film actress Lauren Bacall, best known for roles in films like To Have and Have Not and The Big Sleep, has died at the age of 89.

Bacall suffered a massive stroke Tuesday morning at her home in Manhattan, a family member told TMZ, which first reported the news. The Humphrey Bogart estate then confirmed the news with a tweet: "With deep sorrow, yet with great gratitude for her amazing life, we confirm the passing of Lauren Bacall."

Known for her husky voice and her May-December romance with actor Humphrey Bogart, Bacall was born Betty Joan Perske in the Bronx. She made her acting debut as a walk-on in a Broadway performance of Johnny 2x4 at age 17,  but it was her performance opposite Bogart in To Have and Have Not two years later, in 1944, that saw her emerge as a Hollywood leading lady.

In her 1979 biography Lauren Bacall By Myself, the actress chronicled her quick rise to fame at age 19 after being spotted on the cover of a fashion magazine in 1943 by the wife of director Howard Hawks, who then cast her opposite Bogey in the film.

Her 11-year marriage to Bogart—the two wed in 1945 at Malabar Farm in Ohio when she was 20 and he was 45—was cut short when he died at age 57 in 1957, but many of her most popular films, including The Big SleepDark Passage, and Key Largo featured the pair acting together. After his death, Bacall married Oscar-winner Jason Robards in 1961, but the pair divorced in 1969.

In 1982, Bacall was awarded the Cecil B. DeMille Award for Career Achievement from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. In 1996, she received her only Oscar nomination for her performance as Barbra Steisand's mother in The Mirror Has Two Faces. She didn't win, but she was awarded an honorary Academy Award several years later, in 2009, "in recognition of her central place in the Golden Age of motion pictures."

Bacall was also a talented stage performer, earning two Tony Awards for her performances in Applause (1970) and Woman of the Year(1981).

Bacall is survived by her three children, Stephen Bogart, Leslie Bogart, and Sam Robards.


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