Lauren Bacall Dead: Legendary Actress of Hollywood's Golden Age Dies at 89

Celebrity News Aug. 12, 2014 AT 8:25PM
Lauren Bacall Lauren Bacall, a legendary actress of both stage and screen, died at age 89 on Aug. 12 Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Lauren Bacall, a legendary actress who made a name for herself both on stage and on screen, died Tuesday, Aug. 12, the Humphrey Bogart Estate confirmed on its Facebook page. She was 89 years old.

Born Betty Joan Perske, Bacall rose to fame in the 1940s. Her first major movie role, according to her TCM biography, was opposite famed leading man Humphrey Bogart in To Have and Have Not. She and "Bogie," as he was called, went on to fall in love and get married, and later costarred in three other movies together, including The Big Sleep and Key Largo

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Tragically, Bogart died in 1957, leaving Bacall to raise their two kids, Stephen and Leslie. She got married again in 1961 to actor Jason Robards, with whom she had one son, Sam Robards; they divorced in 1969.

After their split, Bacall made the shift from screen to stage. In 1970, she won a Best Actress Tony Award for her portrayal of Margo Channing in the Broadway musical Applause, which was later adapted into a TV movie. 

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Roles in Murder on the Orient Express and John Wayne's The Shootist followed in the mid 1970s, and in the 1990s, she appeared in films including Ready to Wear and The Mirror Has Two Faces, for which she earned a Screen Actors Guild Award and an Oscar nomination. (She lost but won an honorary award in 2009.) More recently she appeared in Manderlay and Birth, opposite Nicole Kidman

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"My son tells me, 'Do you realize you are the last one? The last person who was an eyewitness to the golden age?'" she told Vanity Fair back in 2011. "Young people, even in Hollywood, ask me, 'Were you really married to Humphrey Bogart?' 'Well, yes, I think I was,' I reply. You realize yourself when you start reflecting — because I don't live in the past, although your past is so much a part of what you are — that you can’t ignore it."

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