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Lauren Bacall succumbs to stroke at 89

Bacall remembered
Bacall remembered
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A day after the big news about Robin Williams rumored suicide at 63 became a huge topic in entertainment circles, Hollywood and indeed the world mourns the loss of another icon. Lauren Bacall succumbed to a fatal stroke at 89, added a report that circulated from Associated Press reports today. For more on this celebrity obituary visit http://www.ap.org and the article that appeared in today's issue of The Staten Island Advance in http://www.silive.com.

"Lauren Bacall, the slinky, sultry-voiced actress who created on-screen magic with Humphrey Bogart in "To Have and Have Not" and "The Big Sleep" and off-screen magic in one of Hollywood's most storied marriages, died Tuesday at age 89," added Associated Press (AP).

Bacall, was always believed to be in love with Humphrey Bogart, a celebrity love affair that ended when Bogie died decades ago. Some say Bacall never got over Bogie.

"Bacall whose long career brought two Tonys and a special Oscar, died in New York," added AP. The managing partner of the Humphrey Bogart Estate, Robbert J.F. de Klerk, said that Bacall died at home, but declined to give further details. Bacall's son Stephen Bogart confirmed his mother's death to de Klerk, according to AP.

The New York Times added in its coverage of the Bacall story that Lauren Bacall 's brand of "provocative glamour" will not soon be forgotten, added http://www.nytimes.com. " “Her life speaks for itself,” Lauren Bacall's son added to The Times: “She lived a wonderful life, a magical life.”

"With an insinuating pose and a seductive, throaty voice — her simplest remark sounded like a jungle mating call, one critic said — Ms. Bacall shot to fame in 1944 with her first movie, Howard Hawks’s adaptation of the Ernest Hemingway novel “To Have and Have Not,” playing opposite Humphrey Bogart, who became her lover on the set and later her husband," added The Times article.

Added AP: "She (Bacall) was less than half Bogart's age, yet as wise and as jaded as him. Her sly glance, with chin down and eyes raised, added to her fame; she was nicknamed "The Look." Bogart and Bacall married amid headlines in 1945, and they co-starred in three more films, "The Big Sleep" (1946), "Dark Passage" (1947) and "Key Largo" (1948). Their marriage lasted until his death from cancer in 1957."

Although Bacall has always been in movies for over 50 years, Bacall received an Academy Award Best Supporting Actress nomination as Barbara Streisand's mother in "The Mirror Has Two Faces." "Although a sentimental favorite, she lost to Juliette Binoche for her performance in "The English Patient," added AP.

She finally got a statuette in November 2009 when she was presented with a special Oscar at the movie academy's new Governors Awards gala, added the report. "The thought when I get home that I'm going to have a two-legged man in my room is so exciting," she joked on national television.

When the American Film Institute compiled its list of screen legends in 1999, Bacall ranked No. 20 on the roster of 25 actresses. Bogart topped the list of actors. Some things like Bogie and Bacall just get better with age. What's your opinion Staten Island arts and film fans? We at Examiner would like your opinion and feedback!

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