Actress Lauren Bacall Dead at 89

NEW YORK (KRON) — Oscar-winning actress Lauren Bacall, famous for her sultry voice and steamy onscreen persona, died Tuesday, a spokesman for the family said.

She was 89.

Robbert de Klerk, co-managing partner of the Humphrey Bogart Estate, said Bacall died in New York.

Details surround her death were not made available at this time.

The actress got her start in show business as a model and was featured on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar as a 19-year-old. Film director Howard Hawkes spotted her on the cover. He would eventually be credited for launching Bacall to Hollywood stardom after casting her opposite Bogart in the 1944 film “To Have and Have Not.”

In one of the films most memorable scenes, Bacall tells Bogart’s character, “You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.”

Hawks later gave Bacall, who was born Betty Joan Perske, the name Lauren. Her last name, Bacall, came from her mother’s maiden name.

The silverscreen legend married actor Bogart in 1945 and would have two children together. He was 25 years her senior.

The couple, well known for their electrifying onscreen chemistry, appeared in three more films including the hit movie “Key Largo” in 1948.

Bacall and Bogart remained together until his death in 1957 of cancer. She later married Jason Robards in 1961 and had another child, but their marriage ended in divorce in 1969. She was engaged to Frank Sinatra, briefly, between marriages.

She starred in several iconic movies, including “The Mirror Has Two Faces,” “How to Marry a Millionaire” and “Designing Woman.”

News of her death was met with speculation after a story by satire site Media Mass claimed that Bacall’s death was a hoax.

The Humphrey Bogart estate later tweeted: “With deep sorrow, yet with great gratitude for her amazing life, we confirm the passing of Lauren Bacall.”

The death was first reported on Twitter by MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts on Tuesday night. Roberts’ Tweet said: “BREAKING NEWS – actress Lauren Bacall passes away at the age of 89 according to my source who is connected with friends & family.”

Bacall had 3 children.

Stay with KRON 4 for more on this developing story.


“Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) & Vivian Rutledge (Lauren Bacall) confound the police in Howard Hawks, “The Big Sleep,” 1946.”
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