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Stage & Screen Icon Lauren Bacall Dead at 89

Stage & Screen Icon Lauren Bacall Dead at 89
Clockwise from top: A Hollywood glamour shot of Bacall; in Applause on Broadway; winning an honorary Oscar in 2009
Bacall won two Tony Awards for her Broadway musical turns.

Hollywood and Broadway legend Lauren Bacall died of a stroke in her home in New York City on August 12 at the age of 89.

Bacall was born Betty Joan Perske in the Bronx on September 16, 1924. She made her movie debut in To Have and Have Not opposite future husband Humphrey Bogart in 1944. She went on to appear in countless classic films, including The Big Sleep, Key Largo, How to Marry a Millionaire, Written on the Wind, Designing Woman, Sex and the Single Girl, Harper and Murder on the Orient Express and received an Academy Award nomination for playing Barbra Streisand’s mother in 1996’s The Mirror Has Two Faces. In 2009, she received an honorary Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Although she made her Broadway debut as a teenager in the 1942 melodrama Johnny 2 x 4, Bacall came back to Broadway after her time in Hollywood as a star. She headlined Goodbye, Charlie in 1959, Cactus Flower in 1965, Applause in 1970, Woman of the Year in 1981 and the comedy Waiting in the Wings in 1999. She won two Tony Awards, for her musical turns in Applause and Woman of the Year.

Bacall is survived by three children: Stephen H. Bogart, Leslie Bogart and Sam Robards, her child with second husband Jason Robards.

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