American film and stage actress and model, known for her distinctive husky voice and sultry looks Lauren Bacall ( born Betty Joan Perske; September 16, 1924 – August 12, 2014) ," died Tuesday, The Bogart Estate said. She suffered a suspected stroke.
She rose to fame in the 1940s opposite her husband Humphrey Bogart in films such as The Big Sleep (1946), Dark Passage (1947), and Key Largo (1948), as well as comedic roles in How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) with Marilyn Monroe and Designing Woman (1957) with Gregory Peck.
Bacall worked on Broadway in musicals, earning Tony Awards for Applause (1970) and Woman of the Year (1981). Her performance in the movie The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996) earned her a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination.
"With deep sorrow, yet with great gratitude for her amazing life, we confirm the passing of Lauren Bacall," the Humphrey Bogart Estate tweeted.
Bogart was married at the time he met Bacall, and, within months, divorced his wife. The couple married in 1945 and co-starred in three more films, "The Big Sleep," "Dark Passage", and "Key Largo."
Bogart died of lung cancer in 1957 and in 1961 Bacall married actor Jason Robards, Jr. Bacall later shone on stage as well, starring in "Cactus Flower" and winning Tonys for "Applause" and "Woman of the Year." Bacall was always a star. With her lanky figure and flowing blonde hair, she was seemingly born for checked suits and silk dresses.
In 1999, Bacall was ranked #20 of the 25 actresses on the AFI's 100 Years...100 Stars list by the American Film Institute.
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.