Lauren Bacall dies at 89

August 13, 2014
With a career that spanned eight decades, Lauren Bacall won two Tony Awards and an honorary Oscar. (Oscars.org)

With a career that spanned eight decades, Lauren Bacall won two Tony Awards and an honorary Oscar. (Oscars.org)

Staff Report

Just a day after Robin Williams committed suicide, the entertainment industry mourned the loss of another film legend when Lauren Bacall died from a stroke at the age of 89.

Bacall died Tuesday, Aug. 12, in New York.

She began her career her after high school, landing minor stage roles while working as a fashion model. A small picture of her in Vouge was spotted by director Howard Hawks, who cast the 19-year-old beauty in the Humphrey Bogart film, To Have and Have Not (1944). She starred in three more films with her then-husband:  The Big Sleep (1946), Dark Passage (1947) and Key Largo (1948).

Born Betty Joan Perske, Bacall had two children with Bogart, to whom she was married from 1945 until his death in 1957. She married Jason Robards in 1961. Their son, Sam Robards, is a veteran stage, film and television actor. The couple divorced in 1969. Robards died in 2000.

Bacall’s career spanned eight decades with films like Written on the Wind, with Rock Hudson, How to Marry a Millionaire, with Marilyn Monroe, Sex and the Single Girl, with Tony Curtis and 1996’s  My Fellow Americans, with James Garner, Dan Aykroyd and Jack Lemmon.

In addition to her work in Hollywood, Lauren Bacall was a proud liberal and, alongside Bogart, supported several Democratic candidates and causes.

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