Actress Lauren Bacall dies at 89: Bogart Estate

Wed Aug 13, 2014 10:17am EDT
 
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By Bill Trott

(Reuters) - Lauren Bacall, the sultry actress with the heavy-lidded eyes and husky voice who captured Humphrey Bogart's heart both on and off the movie screen, died on Tuesday at the age of 89.

"With deep sorrow, yet with great gratitude for her amazing life, we confirm the passing of Lauren Bacall," the estate of the Bogart family said on a verified Twitter account.

Bacall was married to Bogart from 1945 until his death in 1957. They had two children.

The public knew her as Lauren, the screen name hung on her by director Howard Hawks, while friends used her given name, Betty. Bogart simply called her "Baby" in a love story that ended prematurely with his cancer death in 1957.

She was born Betty Joan Perske on Sept. 16, 1924, in New York City, the only child of immigrant parents. After her parents' divorce, she adopted a variation of her mother's maiden name, Bacal.

Bacall had set out to be a Broadway star. She played small roles on stage and modeled for Harper's Bazaar magazine, which published a photograph of her that was spotted by Hawks' wife.

Bacall was only 19 when Hawks cast her in her first movie, 1944's "To Have and Have Not," as an American girl who shows up at a seedy hotel in Martinique. She won a place in Hollywood history with her sexy query to Bogart, "You know how to whistle, don't you? You just put your lips together - and blow."

Bacall and Bogart were married the next year after he ended his turbulent third marriage to actress Mayo Methot. Bacall and Bogart went on to star together in "The Big Sleep" (1946), "Dark Passage" (1947) and "Key Largo" (1948).   Continued...

 
Actress Lauren Bacall arrives on the red carpet at the Kennedy Center for Senator Ted Kennedy's Birthday Celebration in Washington in this March 8, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Molly Riley/Files