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Award winning American actress Lauren Bacall dead at 89

Lauren Bacall passed away from natural causes Tuesday, she was 89 years old. Best known for her roles in the films "The Big Sleep", "Key Largo", "The Fan", "How to Marry a Millionaire" and "Blood Alley". Bacall was also a stage actress and model who was involved in politics and a staunch Democratic supporter. She was also married to her co-star Humphrey Bogart and the two were married in 1945 (she was 20 and he was 45) and their relationship caused quite a stir in Hollywood until his death in 1957.

Life and times of Lauren Bacall.
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Lauren Bacall
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Born Betty Joan Perkse on September 16, 1924 in Brooklyn, New York and was of European Jewish heritage. She attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (where she studied acting) and worked as a model in her spare time. Bacall got her big break in Hollywood when she screen tested for the role of Marie Browning in the 1944 Howard Hawks film "To Have and Have Not". Impressed with her audition Hawks signed her to a seven year personal contract. Whilst filming she met her future husband and co-star Humphrey Bogart.

Smitten with Bacall, Bogart divorced his wife of seven years Mayo Methot and the two were married shortly after. The two appeared in several films and television projects such as the film noirs "The Big Sleep", "Key Largo", "Dark Passage" and "The Petrified Forest". Bogart died 1957 and Bacall was left a widow with two children. She continued her career with the films "Gift of Love", "Designing Woman" and "North West Frontier".

Bacall would marry again for a second time to actor Jason Robards Jr. The two has a tumultuous relationship that ended in divorce due to Robards' severe drinking problem. During this time her career stalled and she appeared in a few movies. Her career would be revived in the seventies as she appeared in the films "Murder on the Orient Express", "The Shootist", "HealtH and "The Fan".

In her later years Lauren Bacall would make guest star and cameo appearances in film and television. She would receive an Academy Award nomination in 1997 for her role as Hannah Morgan in the movie "The Mirror has Two Faces" and would win a Golden Globe as well. Bacall would be awarded with an honorary Oscar in 2010 for her work in Hollywood's Golden Age. During the twilight of her life she continue to make sporadic in film doing voiceover work.

Lauren Bacall was another member of Hollywood's Golden Age has passed away. She was a unique actress whose unconventional approach to acting and her trademark husky voice made her an iconic figure. Another light from old Hollywood has flickered out and she will be missed. Bacall is survived by her three children.

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