Vale: Lauren Bacall

2014-08-13_1125Hollywood royalty Lauren Bacall, best known for her movies To Have and Have Not, Dark Passage and Key Largo has died, aged 89.

Bacall died on Tuesday morning of a stroke in her Manhattan home.

She is remembered today as the husky voice, sultry beauty, romantically linked with Humphrey Bogart, forever remembered as ‘Bogie & Bacall.’ Their 11-year marriage was the stuff of Hollywood legend.

Her most famous films, many of them considered classics, were with Bogart: To Have and Have Not (1944), The Big Sleep (1946), Dark Passage (1947) and Key Largo (1948).

Other films included All About Eve How to Marry a Millionaire (1953), Designing Women (1957), The Gift of Love (1958), Shock Treatment (1964), Sex and the Single Girl (1964), Harper (1966), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), The Shootist (1976), The Fan (1981), Mr. North (1988) Misery (1990), Pret-a-Porter (1994), My Fellow Americans (1996), Le Jour et la Nuit (1997), Presence of Mind with Harvey Keitel, Dogville (2003) and in The Forger (2012).

Bacall received her only Oscar nomination for her supporting role as Barbra Streisand’s mother in The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996). She was the recipient of an honorary Academy Award in 2010 “in recognition of her central place in the Golden Age of motion pictures.”

In television her credits include The Sopranos, Family Guy, The Rockford Files, Chicago Hope, Screen One, Dinner at Eight, A Little Piece of Sunshine, Dr. Kildare and the musical telemovie Applause, which she created on Broadway.

She captured two Tony Awards for best actress in a musical: in 1970 for Applause, the adaptation of All About Eve, in which she played Margo Channing, the role created by her idol Bette Davis; and in 1981 for Woman of the Year in a part originated by Katharine Hepburn. She also starred on Broadway in Cactus Flower and Goodbye Charlie while venturing to London and Australia for Sweet Bird of Youth. I remember seeing that performance many years ago in Melbourne.

But it will be a line to Humphrey Bogart that she is most remembered for:

“You don’t have to say anything, Steve, just whistle. You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve?” … You just put your lips together and blow.”

Source: Hollywood Reporter



  1. I adored her movies with Bogart.
    She was one of a kind.
    Now reunited with Bogart forever!
    Rest In Peace & Thank You.
    Condolences to family, friends, fans.

  2. Another Hollywood legend has gone from us. It will be sad at the next Oscars when they remember all of those who have gone during the year – Lauren Bacall, Robin Williams, James Garner etc. She was a beautiful lady and a wonderful actress. Loved her films with Bogart but also recently enjoyed watching her in The Mirror Has Two Faces.

  3. mark from hawthorn

    Remember seeing her on stage in Melbourne some years ago opposite Colin Friels in Tennessee Williams “Sweet bird of youth”… Vale

  4. Another one gone.
    I remember mentioning Lauren as one of the few screen legends left from that era on here a few months back, when Eli Wallach died.
    Very few left now…

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