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Remembering Hollywood legend Lauren Bacall

August 13, 2014 at 6:32 PM EST
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JUDY WOODRUFF: Now we remember a sultry symbol of old Hollywood glamour, Lauren Bacall, known for her strong presence on screen and famous romances off camera.

Jeffrey Brown has our look at her work and life.

JEFFREY BROWN: Sometimes, the line, the look, and the delivery have a way of living on forever.

LAUREN BACALL, Actress: You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve?  You just put your lips together and blow.

JEFFREY BROWN: Lauren Bacall was just 19, a model and a daughter of Jewish immigrants, when she made her movie debut alongside Humphrey Bogart in the 1944 film “To Have and Have Not.”

It was the beginning of a beautiful relationship, on screen and off, as the two fell in love and eventually married, despite a 25-year age gap, becoming the epitome of Hollywood glamour, and making four movies together, including “Key Largo” and “The Big Sleep.”

HUMPHREY BOGART, Actor: You better run along, because you made a deal and you’re going to stick it, right or wrong. We will take up the question of you and I when the race is over. The only trouble is, we could have…

ACTOR: Pardon me.

LAUREN BACALL: Yes.

The only trouble is, we could have had a lot of fun if you weren’t a detective.

HUMPHREY BOGART: We still can.

LAUREN BACALL: So long.

JEFFREY BROWN: Bacall would make more than 40 films in all.

Confirming her death last night, her son Stephen Bogart said his mother’s life — quote — “speaks for itself. She lived a wonderful life, a magical life.”

Humphrey Bogart died of throat cancer in 1957 at age 57. Bacall became briefly engaged to Frank Sinatra, and then married actor Jason Robards. They divorced in 1969. Her film career would have highs, lows, and periods of inactivity.

During one lull, she won a Tony Award for best actress, the first of two, in the 1970 Broadway show “Applause.” In 1974, she returned to film in “Murder on the Orient Express.”

ACTOR: Your handkerchief, Mrs. Hubbard.

LAUREN BACALL: That’s not mine. I have mine right here.

ACTOR: Oh, I thought the initial H.

LAUREN BACALL: H for Harriet. H for Hubbard. But it’s still not mine.

JEFFREY BROWN: Bacall even won a National Book Award for her 1980 memoir, “By Myself.”

She continued to appear on television and in films and earned an Oscar nomination for her role as a vain, imposing mother to Barbra Streisand in the 1996 film “The Mirror Has Two Faces.”

LAUREN BACALL: It’s an awful thing to look back on your life and realize that you have settled. The problem was that I always thought that I had more time.

JEFFREY BROWN: She was given an honorary Oscar in 2009 and returned to that very first role.

LAUREN BACALL: I have been very lucky in my life, probably luckier than I deserve, but to at the age of 19 have been chosen by Howard Hawks to work on a film with a man named Humphrey Bogart. And he gave me a life and he changed my life.

JEFFREY BROWN: Lauren Bacall died yesterday at a hospital in New York City. She was 89 years old.