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Actress Lauren Bacall Dies at 89

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The “Bacall” of “Bogie and Bacall” has died. A family member says screen legend Lauren Bacall passed away Tuesday after suffering a stroke. She was 89. Known for her sultry looks and husky voice, Bacall became one of film noir’s most famous leading ladies starring in several movies in the 1950s with fellow screen legend and late husband Humphrey Bogart. Together, they were known as “Bogie and Bacall,” sharing screen time in films such as “To Have and Have Not,” “The Big Sleep,” “Dark Passage” and “Key Largo.”

Born Betty Joan Perske in The Bronx, New York on September 16th, 1924, Bacall made her acting debut on Broadway at age 17. She also worked as a fashion model, which caught the attention of Hollywood agents who invited her to audition for “To Have and Have Not,” where she met Bogart. The two married in 1945 and remained wed until Bogart’s death in 1957.

“How To Marry A Millionaire” with Marilyn Monroe and “Designing Woman” with Gregory Peck were also among her early film credits. Bacall appeared in fewer films in the 1960s though she did appear in memorable star-studded features such as “Sex and the Single Girl” and won Tony Awards back on Broadway for her work in “Cactus Flower” and “Applause.” In 1997, Bacall earned her first Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in “The Mirror Has Two Faces.” She received the Kennedy Center Honors later that year, and in 2009 the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented her with an Honorary Oscar.

In 1961, Bacall wed actor Jason Robards with whom she had three children before their divorce in 1969. Bacall’s famous first cousin is former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres, whose term expired just last month.  (Metro Networks Inc.)

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