Sunday 23 October 2016

Golden Age Star Lauren Bacall Dies at 89

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Hollywood beauty Lauren Bacall, known for starring in films such as To Have and Have Not and Key Largo, has died here at the age of 89.

Bacall died at her home in New York City after suffering an apparent stroke yesterday morning.

The estate of her first husband Humphrey Bogart, who starred with her in a series of classic movies, confirmed the news on Twitter.

"With deep sorrow, yet with great gratitude for her amazing life, we confirm the passing of Lauren Bacall," the Bogart estate tweeted.

The actress' sultry appearance, smoky voice and provocative roles propelled her to fame, and would inspire generations of actresses.

Her mastery of The Look, a suggestive expression where she lowered her head and glanced up, has taken a place in Hollywood lore.

Bacall and Bogart met while filming 1944's To Have And Have Not, the first of their four movies together. The couple married in 1945, had two children, and remained together until Bogart's death in 1957.

She later married actor Jason Robards Jr, with whom she had another child. Robards Jr died in 2000.

Born Betty Joan Perske on September 16, 1924 in the Bronx, the actress had 72 film credits to her name. She began taking modelling and acting classes as a teen, and landed several walk-on roles in theater.

Bacall received her only Academy Award nomination for her supporting role in the 1996 film The Mirror Has Two Faces, where she played Barbara Streisand's mother.

She won two Tony Awards for her stage performances and received the Cecil B DeMille Award for Career Achievement from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in 1992.

Bacall wrote two memoirs, including Lauren Bacall: By Myself, which won a National Book Award in 1980.

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