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Lauren Bacall R.I.P

lauren-bacall1One of the leading ladies of Hollywood’s Golden Age died today after a stroke. The sultry, fiery Lauren Bacall was 89. MSNBC’s Thomas Robert broke the news in a tweet, and the Bogart estate has confirmed it. She was famous for starring — on screen and off — with Humphrey Bogart in such 1940s classics as The Big Sleep, To Have and Have Not, Dark Passage and Key Largo. In one of Hollywood’s great love stories, they married in 1945 and stayed together until his death in 1957. Four years later she married another acting legend, Jason Robards Jr.; they divorced in 1969.

Bacall worked in films consistently and enjoyed a career renaissance a decade later with key roles in Murder On The Orient Express (1974), alongside the likes of Albert Finney, Ingrid Bergman and Sean Connery, and The Shootist (1976), starring John Wayne as a dying gunfighter. Bacall continued to act in films and telepics, eventually landing a supporting role as the mother of Barbra Streisand’s character in 1996’s The Mirror Has Two Faces, which Streisand directed. It landed Bacall her only career Academy Award nomination; she lost to Juliette Binoche in The English Patient — she won the Golden Globe and SAG Award that year — but went to receive an Honorary Oscar in 2010.

One response

  1. Jukebox

    Another sad day 😦
    She was so beautiful … and I loved a Mirror has two faces – LOVED IT!!!!

    August 13, 2014 at 11:24 pm

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