Lauren Bacall was born on September 16 1924. As a school girl she became enthralled with acting and studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York after high school, which led to her performing in some off-Broadway productions. She did some modeling which led to her being discovered by the wife of famed director Howard Hawks and she arranged for Ms Bacall to take a screen test. She was given the part of Marie Browning in To Have and Have Not (1944), a thriller opposite the great Humphrey Bogart and a star was born. She was just 19 years old. This started her on a fabulous career and led to one of Hollywood's greatest love stories.
Bacall and Bogie, Bogie and Bacall. They were a team made in heaven,on screen and off. They fell in love during To Have and Have Not and were married in 1945. They made other movies together like The Big Sleep, in 1946 a mystery,and with Lauren in the role of Vivian Sternwood Rutledge, it was a resounding success. In 1947, again with Bogie, Lauren starred in the thriller Dark Passage 1947. The film kept movie patrons on the edge of their seats. The next year she starred with Bogart,Edward G. Robinson, and Lionel Barrymore in Key Largo a truly great film. She appeared in her first comedy as Schatze Page in How to Marry a Millionaire in 1953. Her co-stars were Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable. This was a smash hit all across the theaters of America. She has been quoted numerous times especially for her first film where she told Bogie “ You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.”
Humphrey Bogart developed cancer of the esophagus in 1956. Although an operation was successful — his esophagus and two lymph nodes were removed — after some months the cancer returned. He died in January 1957 at the age of 57.Ms Bacall was often quoted as saying that their 12-year marriage was the happiest period of her life.
Ms Bacall made over 40 movies and went on to work on Broadway in musicals, earning Tony Awards for Applause in 1970 and Woman of the Year in 1981. Her performance in the movie The Mirror Has Two Faces(1996) earned her a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination.
Though she never won an Academy Award, In 2009, she was selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to receive an Academy Honorary Award "in recognition of her central place in the Golden Age of motion pictures
She also won a National Book Award in 1980 for the first of her two autobiographies, “Lauren Bacall: By Myself.”
Ms Bacall was a big actress in the Golden years of Hollywood and stood out with her gorgeous figure, her classy attitude and her husky, sexy voice that made her one of a kind. She was a consummate actress who made wonderful movies with some of the biggest stars of that era
Lauren Bacall died on August 12, 2014, at the age of 89 after suffering a massive stroke. She is survived by her sons, Stephen Bogart and Sam Robards, her daughter, Leslie Bogart; and six grandchildren
“I had one great marriage, I have three great children and four grandchildren. I am still alive. I still can function. I still can work.”
Her work will live on forever and no one will ever replace her. She was one of a kind. The very best kind!