Hollywood Golden Age Star Lauren Bacall Passes Away
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 08.12.2014
Oscar-nominated actress was eighty-nine...
Lauren Bacall, who was one of the most well-known leading ladies during Hollywood's golden age, has passed away. TMZ reports that the Oscar- and Emmy-nominated actress passed away following a massive stroke at her home on Tuesday morning.
Bacall was born Betty Joan Perske in the Bronx, New York in 1924 to Jewish parents. After her parents divorced when she was five, she took on the name of Bacall, which was the Romanian form of her mother's surname Bacal. She trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and worked as a fashion model before she broke into film in 1944's To Have and Have Not opposite Humphrey Bogart. She would go on to marry Bogart and remained so until his death twelve years later in 1956. The two appeared together in 1946's The Big Sleep, 1947's Dark Passage and 1948's Key Largo. She became a marquee star through those films and through the fifties before her career waned in the 1960s and 1970s before making a bit of a comeback in the 1990s, most notably in The Mirror Has Two Faces in 1997. That film earned her a Best Supporting Actress nomination.
Bacall was known as one of the more seductive leading ladies of the golden era; her gravelly voice combined with her trademark "Look"--her head lowered with her eyes titled up toward the camera--to create an image that actresses trying to be sultry would emulate for decades to come. Ironically, "The Look" came from her audition for To Have and Have Not; she was nervous and to try and stop her shakiness she she pressed her chin against her chest shifted her eyes upward so she could face the camera.
Bacall is surved by three children, two of which were from Bogart and the third from her second husband, Jason Robards, Jr.
On behalf of 411, our condolences to the family, friends and the many, many fans of Ms. Bacall. There may never be another like her.