Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Lauren Bacall Dead at 89

Legendary actress Lauren Bacall, who taught Humphrey Bogart how to whistle in To Have and Have Not, has died at the age of 89, according to her family.

Her death was confirmed by Robbert de Klerk, the co-managing partner of the Humphrey Bogart Estate with her son Stephen Bogart.

"She passed away peacefully earlier today in New York," according to family, de Klerk said.

In a statement released on social media, the Bogart Estate expressed deep sorrow and "great gratitude for her amazing life."

Bacall was born Betty Joan Perske on September 16, 1924, in New York City.

She began her career on the stage returned to her Broadway roots many times. She appeared in the 1959-60 comedy "Goodbye Charlie," the 1965-68 comedy "Cactus Flower" and the 1970-72 musical "Applause," which earned her her first Tony Award.

Bacall launched her movie career with the 1944 film that turned "Bogie and Bacall" into one of Hollywood's legendary couples on screen and off. The couple married in 1945 and were together until his death 12 years later. They teamed up in three more Warner Bros. movies, The Big Sleep, Dark Passage and Key Largo.

She also costarred with Kirk Douglas in Young Man With a Horn, Gary Cooper in Bright Leaf, Betty Grable and Marilyn Monroe in How to Marry a Millionaire, John Wayne in Blood Alley, Rock Hudson in Written on the Wind and Gregory Peck in Designing Woman.

In 1961 she married the actor Jason Robards. The couple, who divorced in 1969, had a son, Sam Robards.

In 1996, Bacall appeared as the meddling mother to Barbra Streisand in The Mirror Has Two Faces, a role for which Bacall received her only Academy Award nomination as supporting actress.

She made a cameo appearance as herself on primetime serial The Sopranos in the April 2006 episode, "Luxury Lounge", during which she was punched and robbed by a masked hoodlum played by Michael Imperioli.

Her other television credits included Dr. Kildare, Chicago Hope and Family Guy.

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