The actress, born Bette Joan Perske, would have turned 90 this September. She made her film debut at age 19 in 1944's "To Have and Have Not," opposite Humphrey Bogart. Director Howard Hawks had handpicked her for the role and changed her name, which she never liked, insisting that friends continue to call her Bette.
Her onscreen chemistry with Bogart in their first film was undeniable, especially in her delivery of lines like "You know how to whistle, don't you?" The two married the next year and starred in several more films together, including "Key Largo," "The Big Sleep" and "Dark Passage.
She and Bogart were together until his death in 1957. They had two children: Stephen Humphrey Bogart (born January 6, 1949), aand daughter Leslie Bogart (born August 23, 1952). She also has a son, Sam Robards with her second husband, Jason Robards.
Her many other films include "Young Man With a Horn," "How to Marry a Millionaire," "Designing Woman," "Murder on the Orient Express," "From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler," "Dogville," and "Birth."
She was Oscar-nominated for "The Mirror Has Two Faces" (a role that netted her a SAG Award and Golden Globe) and received an honorary Academy Award in 2009.
She wrote two autobiographies, 1978's "Lauren Bacall By Myself" and 1994's "Now."
Her last film was "Ernest and Celestine," for which she provided her distinctively husky voice as The Grey One. She had previously voiced the Witch of the Waste in "Howl's Moving Castle."