Golden Age of Hollywood’s Lauren Bacall dead at 89
Husky-voiced actress Lauren Bacall, who leapt to fame after starring in her first movie at age 19, died Tuesday at a New York City hospital at the age of 89.
That movie was “To Have and Have Not,” in which Bacall played opposite her future husband Humphrey Bogart and delivered the classic line, “You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.”
The Bogart Estate confirmed her death on Twitter:
With deep sorrow, yet with great gratitude for her amazing life, we confirm the passing of Lauren Bacall. pic.twitter.com/B8ZJnZtKhN
— BogartEstate (@HumphreyBogart) August 12, 2014
The power duo, known as “Bogie and Bacall”, went on to star in three more films together: “The Big Sleep” (1946), “Dark Passage” (1947) and “Key Largo” (1948).
Bogart, with whom she had a son Stephen and daughter Leslie, died in 1957 of esophageal cancer. Bacall later married actor Jason Robards Jr., and they had a son Sam.
In her lifetime, Bacall made more than 30 movies, including “How to Marry a Millionaire” (1953) with Marilyn Monroe and “Designing Woman” (1957) with Gregory Peck.
She won Tony awards for “Applause” in 1970 and “Woman of the Year” in 1981, a Golden Globe for “The Mirror Has Two Faces” (1996), and an honorary Academy Award in 2009 “in recognition of her central place in the Golden Age of motion pictures.”