Actess suffered "massive stroke" at her home in Wisconsin
Hollywood legend Lauren Bacall has died aged 89 after suffering a “massive stroke” at her home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The Humphrey Bogart estate made this announcement yesterday via twitter: “With deep sorrow, yet with great gratitude for her amazing life, we confirm the passing of Lauren Bacall.”
Born in New York to Jewish immigrants Bacall’s real name was Betty Perske and her acting career was launched via the cover of magazine Harpers Bazaar when the 19-year-old wannabe model was working as an usherette.
Bacall was first cast opposite Humphrey Bogart by Howard Hawks for the 1944 film To Have and Have Not in which she uttered the now immortal line: “You know how to whistle, don’t you? You just put your lips together… and blow.”
The actress forged her career playing tough-talking femme fatales and went on to appear with Bogart in The Big Sleep, Dark Passage and Key Largo. The couple were married for 12 years and had two children, Stephen and Leslie.
Following the Casablanca star’s death from throat cancer in 1957 Bacall was romantically involved with Frank Sinatra. In 1961 she married the actor Jason Robards Jr. The couple had one son before divorcing in 1969.
Bacall also appeared on screen with Natalie Wood in Sex and the Single Girl (1964), Marilyn Monroe in How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) and John Wayne in The Shootist (1976).
The actress transferred her talent to Broadway winning a Tony award in 1970 and received an Honorary Oscar in 2009 “in recognition of her central place in the Golden Age of motion pictures”.
Hollywood stars have paid tribute to the actress.
Seth MacFarlane said: “Lauren Bacall’s life is a life to be celebrated. I am told her last performance was on Family Guy. For that we are forever honored and privileged. Thank you, Lauren, for teaching us all how to whistle.”
Joan Collins posted on twitter: “One of the the last of the iconic stars of the Golden age of Hollywood — Lauren Bacall RIP.”
John Cusack remembered, “Lauren Bacall. She of supreme “Come hither…if you dare” glance. Dame-est of the dames.”
Burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese tweeted: “Sad to hear we’ve lost one of the last legends of the Golden Age of Hollywood. I met Lauren Bacall once… a serious “pinch me!” moment!”