Lauren Bacall

Lauren Bacall smoldered on screen with what became known as her signature “look,” glancing up with a downturned chin, shining in her roles both alone and opposite her husband, Humphrey Bogart. Bacall took acting classes on weekends in high school and supported herself as a model for Harper’s Bazaar, catching the eye of a Hollywood producer who cast her in her debut To Have and Have Not in 1944 with Humphrey Bogart, whom she married the following year. The couple acted together in a number of movies, including The Big Sleep, Dark Passage, and Key Largo, and Bacall also went solo in movies like How to Marry a Millionaire and Designing Woman. After Bogart died in 1957, Bacall left Hollywood for Broadway, earning Tony awards for Applause in 1970 and Woman of the Year in 1981. She also won a National Book Award for her autobiography By Myself in 1979, a lifetime achievement award at the Stockholm Film Festival, and an honorary Oscar in 2009. As of 2014, she continues to act and do voice work for live and animated movies.


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Lauren Bacall in "The Big Sleep".

Date of Birth

Brooklyn, NY
United States

Date of Death
Actress, Writer

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