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Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Actress Lauren Bacall has died

Another shinning star has just left  this world


The 89-year-old actress died in her apartment in The Dakota building on the Upper West Side, best known as the former home of John Lennon. 
Since news of Bacall's passing broke in the media and on Twitter, grieving fans have been flocking to the legendary actress' star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, leaving flowers and teddy bears.
Bacall's screen and stage career spanned more than six decades, with dozens of memorable roles to her name. 
Most recently, the 89-year-old was busy with voice-over work, including in the popular cartoon TV show Family Guy and the animated feature Ernest and Celestine.  

Bacall's short biography

Born on September 16, 1924 in New York City, 
Lauren Bacall was a fashion mag cover model before landing her debut film role in To Have and Have Not, co-starring with Humphrey Bogart, whom she would marry.
    A decades-long career ensued with movies that included Key LargoA Woman's WorldMurder on the Orient Express,The FanThe Portrait and The Mirror Has Two Faces. 

Early Life

Lauren Bacall was born Betty Joan Perske on September 16, 1924 to a working-class family in New York City. Her father, William, was an alcoholic who left the family when Bacall was six; Bacall and her mother later changed their last name to her grandmother's maiden name, Bacal, and added the second "l."
Enthralled by the theater from an early age, Bacall started working in high school as an usher, and then performed in plays both on and off Broadway. However, it was her work as a model, and in particular her appearance on a Harper's Bazaar cover in 1943, that caught the eye of Nancy Hawks, wife of Howard Hawks, a powerful Hollywood director. At Nancy's encouragement, Hawks gave Bacall a screen test. Hawks then brought her to Hollywood, taught her to speak in a lower register and convinced her to take the first name Lauren to deemphasize her Jewish heritage. For that reason, Bacall had never been entirely comfortable with the name the world knows her by.
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