Golden Age of Hollywood’s Lauren Bacall dead at 89

BY newsdesk  August 13, 2014 at 8:24 AM EST
American screen star Lauren Bacall, pictured here circa 1945, died Aug. 12, 2014. Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images

American screen star Lauren Bacall, pictured here circa 1945, died Aug. 12, 2014. Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images

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:

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.

Actors Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall visit the New York Daily News in this undated photo by NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images

Actors Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall visit the New York Daily News in this undated photo by NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images

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.”