ByKen Anderson, writer at
Ken Anderson

Legendary screen star Lauren Bacall has passed away at age 89 in her Manhattan home on August 12, 2014. A former model, Bacall made her film debut opposite Humphrey Bogart in Howard Hawk's To Have and Have Not (1944) and became an overnight star. The 19-year-old actress, born Betty Joan Perske, wed the 44-year-old Bogart the following year. The pair had two children and remained married until Bogart's death in 1957.

Known for her sultry look and husky voice, Lauren Bacall made three more films with Bogart (The Big Sleep, Dark Passage, & Key Largo) later going on to prove herself adept at both dramatic and comedy roles. In 1970 she made her Broadway singing debut and won a Tony Award for Applause, a musical adaptation of All About Eve. More than a decade later she won another Tony Award for starring in the Broadway musical, Woman of the Year, another musical based on a movie (the 1942 Tracy-Hepburn film of the same name).

Over the years, Bacall continued to work in both stage and screen, occasionally lending her distinctive voice to commercials and animated films.

In 1996 she received an Academy Award nomination for the Barbra Streisand vehicle, The Mirror Has to Faces, but finally won the award when the Academy granted her an Honorary Oscar in 2009.

Bacall was married to actor, Jason Robards, Jr. from 1961 to 1969, with whom she had one son.

Over the course of her career she worked with such luminaries as Marilyn Monroe, Rock Hudson, Kirk Douglas, Gregory Peck, James, Caan, and John Wayne. Her last film was The Forger (2002). She'll be remembered as one of the last of the Great Icons of the Silver Screen.

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