Lauren Bacall has passed away at the age of 89 at her home in home in The Dakota, an Upper West Side apartment building overlooking Central Park in Manhattan.
The news became known to the public by an announcement made by the Bacall estate: “With deep sorrow for the magnitude of our loss, yet with great gratitude for her amazing life, we confirm the passing of Lauren Bacall.”
She was a well-known film & stage actress and model, known for her distinctive husky voice, cat-like green eyes and sultry looks. Baccall was a classic femme fatale.
She first emerged as a leading lady with the on-screen partnership with her first husband, the legendary Humphrey Bogart. Bacall starred in such noir classics as To Have and Have Not (1944); The Big Sleep (1946); Dark Passage (1947) and Key Largo (1948).
Bacall was nominated for an Oscar just once in her career, which spanned for 7 decades. This nomination was as a Best Supporting Actress in The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996) .
However, she was presented with an honorary Academy Award in 2010. In 1999, Bacall was ranked #20 of the 25 actresses on the AFI's 100 Years... 100 Stars list by the American Film Institute.
Her big-screen career would continue into her later years, including a couple of collaborations with Lars von Trier on Dogville (2003) and Manderlay (2005). She has also starred in two adaptations of Agatha Christie's works - Murder on the Orient Express (1974) and Appointment with Death (1988).
Words seem inadequate to express the sadness we feel about the death of Lauren Bacall. My thoughts go out to the Bacall family during this difficult time.
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