Classic film star Lauren Bacall, famed for her sultry onscreen persona and her legendary romance with Humphrey Bogart, died Tuesday, August 12, 2014, at the age of 89. According to the Los Angeles Times, Bacall's death was confirmed but the details were still emerging as of Tuesday evening.
Born Betty Joan Perske in New York in 1924, Bacall shot to stardom at the age of 20 in 1944 when she starred with Bogart in "To Have and Have Not." The pair's powerful onscreen chemistry spilled over into real life, with Bogart and Bacall wedding in 1945. They remained together until Bogart's death in 1957, and they had two children, son Stephen and daughter Leslie. In 1961, Bacall married a second time, to actor Jason Robards, who became the father of her third child. The couple divorced in 1969.
Bacall made many memorable screen appearances, with and without her iconic husband. She had major roles in "The Big Sleep" (1946), "Key Largo" (1948), "How to Marry a Millionaire" (1953), and "The Shootist" (1976). Late in her career, she earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for "The Mirror Has Two Faces" (1996). She continued to work, though less frequently, right up until 2014, although several of her last roles were voice work for animated productions.
Despite her long and varied career, Bacall remained particularly associated with classic film noir, thanks to the pictures she made with Bogart during the 1940s. In movies like "To Have and Have Not," "The Big Sleep," and "Dark Passage," she exuded a world weary cool that still smoldered beneath a jaded exterior. She even inspired a Looney Tunes tribute to her distinctive screen persona in the 1947 cartoon, "Slick Hare."
Classic movie fans poured out tributes to the screen star on Tuesday evening, even as film lovers reeled from Monday's news of the suicide of actor Robin Williams. Twitter, Facebook, and other social media outlets were filled with praise for Bacall's talent, intelligence, and beauty. The Humphrey Bogart Estate confirmed the star's passing on Twitter, and classic movie bloggers posted memorials mourning the loss of one of Hollywood's greatest leading ladies.
The actress helped to shape her own legacy through books as well as her long acting career. She wrote several memoirs about her life in Hollywood, including "Lauren Bacall By Myself" in 1978 and "Now" in 2012. She also assisted with Stephen Bogart's 1995 biography of his father, "Bogart: In Search of My Father."
For more reports on Bacall's passing, read the obituaries posted by USA Today and The Hollywood Reporter. Learn more about the legendary romance between Bogart and Bacall by watching the video at the top of this article.