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Lauren Bacall, the sultry blonde siren who became an overnight star via a memorable film debut at age 19 opposite Humphrey Bogart in Howard Hawks' To Have and Have Not, died Tuesday of a suspected stroke at her home in the Dakota in Manhattan. She was 89. Much later in life, she was Oscar-nominated for supporting actress for her role as Barbra Streisand's mother in 1997's The Mirror Has Two Faces.

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Born Betty Joan Perske, "a nice Jewish girl from the Bronx," she stunned audiences in the forever-after-famous "you know how to whistle" scene in the 1944 romance To Have and Have Not, in which she was as flirtatious as possible within the parameters of the Hays Code. Audiences were impressed; her co-star, the 44-year-old Bogart, even more so. They were soon married and remained devoted to one another for the next 12 years, until Bogart's death in 1956.

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"You just put your lips together and blow."

Bacall, age 19.

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With President Harry Truman at the piano.

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She was we Baby Boomer's parents age, and still winning an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in the 1990's.

RIP Betty

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2014-08-12 08:57 PM | Reply | Flag:

She was hot. Way hot.

#2 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2014-08-12 09:00 PM | Reply | Flag:

Classy and sassy
RIP Ms. Bacall.

#3 | Posted by squinch at 2014-08-12 09:14 PM | Reply | Flag:

An Icon passes. She was great. I only wish that opportunities for acting genius were the same today.

#4 | Posted by danni at 2014-08-12 11:21 PM | Reply | Flag:

Oh man...I've always loved her. Lauren, Grace Kelly, and Audrey Hepburn are my all time favorite leading ladies....along with the evil Joan Crawford :-) and feisty Bette Davis!

RIP Lauren & Bogey

#5 | Posted by DeadSpin at 2014-08-13 10:27 AM | Reply | Flag:

Only five posts? She deserves more. RIP. Say hi to Bogey

#6 | Posted by kanrei at 2014-08-13 10:31 AM | Reply | Flag:

One of the all-time greats. Tough, classy and cool under pressure. And I can't think of a woman I would call more beautiful than she was.

#7 | Posted by cbob at 2014-08-13 11:52 AM | Reply | Flag:

We had it all
Just like Bogie and Bacall
Starring in our old late, late show
Sailing away to Key Largo

Here's lookin' at you kid
Missing all the things we did
We can find it once again, I know
Just like they did in Key Largo

#8 | Posted by kanrei at 2014-08-13 11:55 AM | Reply | Flag:

Good post Kanrei. Have had that song in my head all day.

#9 | Posted by bogey1355 at 2014-08-13 01:30 PM | Reply | Flag:

Rcade, How is it that she 'dies'?

Why is it not "Lauren Bacall has died".

Wanna know who 'dies'?

There is a character in the "Fantasticks" who is referred to as "Mortimer, the man who dies". His specialty was death scenes.

Mortimer 'dies'.

Bacall, Williams, et.al. have died.

When a person has passed away, he or she has 'died'. They do not continue to die. A past tense is appropriate.

Just sayin.

#10 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2014-08-13 05:10 PM | Reply | Flag:

OWS Because it's a current event. Not something in the past.

#11 | Posted by LarryMohr at 2014-08-13 05:16 PM | Reply | Flag:

www.verbix.com

#12 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2014-08-13 05:43 PM | Reply | Flag:

Something I've mentioned to kids is that very few people have ever regretted behaving with class and style. Lauren Bacall is a prime example.

#13 | Posted by USAF242 at 2014-08-13 07:05 PM | Reply | Flag:

she outlived her husband by 57 years-- the same age he was when he died.

#14 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2014-08-13 10:02 PM | Reply | Flag:

These things usually come in threes.

See Lauren. I know how to whistle...even right past the graveyard.

RIP you sexy thang.

#15 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-08-13 10:11 PM | Reply | Flag:

#10 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour
"A past tense is appropriate."

Not the way most headlines are written though.
(I'd tell you more, but my AP Stylebook is in a book in the garage.)

On a side note, also in a box in the garage is a WW2-era newspaper with the headline LINDY SHOOTS DOWN ---! (Note the tense)

#16 | Posted by TheTom at 2014-08-13 11:48 PM | Reply | Flag:

I wouldn't call her a great actress but Bacall did have a screen presence that made the audience constantly look at her. She was in one of my favorite film noir, the highly underrated "Confidential Agent": www.youtube.com
Do check out that masterpiece.

#17 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2014-08-14 08:08 AM | Reply | Flag:

Rcade, How is it that she 'dies'?

The media always uses "dies" instead of "dead" in stories like this.

#18 | Posted by rcade at 2014-08-15 11:16 AM | Reply | Flag:

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