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Two-Time Tony Winner Lauren Bacall Has Died at the Age of 89

The 1940s Hollywood leading lady and wife of Humphrey Bogart achieved great success on both stage and screen. logo
Two-time Tony Award winner Lauren Bacall died today.

Lauren Bacall, screen legend and two-time Tony winner, died today in New York at the age of 89.

Bacall, who was born Betty Joan Perske to Jewish parents in the Bronx, was an actress who began her career as a part-time model. In 1942, at only 17, Bacall made her Broadway debut as a walk-on in Johnny 2 X 4. She first gained real notoriety as an actress for her roles in several 1940s films opposite Humphrey Bogart, including To Have and Have Not, The Big Sleep, Dark Passage, and Key Largo.

It was on her first film, To Have and Have Not (1944), that Bacall met Bogart, and the two quickly began a relationship. The two were married one year later and remained so until Bogart's death in 1957.

In addition to her roles opposite Bogart, Bacall's film carreer included Young Man With a Horn opposite Kirk Douglas, How to Marry a Millionaire with Marilyn Monroe, Designing Woman alongside Gregory Peck, and many more roles. More recently, she appeared in Dogville and provided voices for the animated films Howl's Moving Castle and Ernest & Celestine.

Bacall returned to Broadway frequently, following her film success. She appeared in the plays Goodbye, Charlie and Cactus Flower. Her roles in the musicals Applause and Woman of the Year both resulted in Tony Award wins. Her last Broadway appearance was in Noël Coward's 1999 play Waiting in the Wings.

Following Bogart's death, Bacall had a relationship with singer Frank Sinatra and later married actor Jason Robards Jr. in 1961. They divorced in 1969.

Bacall is survived by her children, Stephen Humphrey Bogart, Leslie Bogart, and Sam Robards.


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