Lauren Bacall Dead: Golden Age Star Dies At 89

Hollywood icon Lauren Bacall, star of films such as "To Have and Have Not" and "Key Largo," died Tuesday at her home in New York City after suffering a stroke, according to reports.

She was 89.

The estate of her first husband, Humphrey Bogart, confirmed the news on Twitter:

Bacall's 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.

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Humphrey Bogart, left, and his wife, Lauren Bacall at the premiere of "The Desperate Hours," in Los Angeles on Oct. 12, 1955. (AP Photo/Harold Filan)

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.

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Actor Humphrey Bogart holds actress Lauren Bacall in a scene from their first film together, "To Have And Have Not." (AP Photo).

Bacall would go without acting for almost 20 years after his death.

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

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Lauren Bacall. (Photo by Baron/Getty Images)

Born Betty Joan Perske on Sept. 16, 1924 in the Bronx, the actress had 72 film credits to her name. She began taking modeling and acting classes as a teen, and landed several walk-on roles in theater. A Harper's Bazaar editor hired her to model for the magazine, and she landed on the cover in 1943.

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Lauren Bacall in 1944. (AP PHOTO)

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, but her list of accolades is indeed substantial. 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. In 1997, she received the Kennedy Center Honor, which the Los Angeles Times reports surprised her.

"Listen, I never went into this business thinking of winning anything," Bacall was quoted as saying. "I went into it because I loved it and I wanted to be good at it. It was a form of expression for me. I love to hide behind characters. So [any recognition] I get is a perk. It's just an extra. Just the fact that all that happened to me last year, it is -- well -- fabulous."

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



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