Lauren Bacall, cinema icon of Hollywood's golden age, 1924-2014

Lauren Bacall

Lauren Bacall

Lauren Bacall, the great actor who became best known as Humphrey Bogart's on and offscreen partner, has died. She was 89, and died Tuesday morning of a stroke at her longtime home at the Dakota, a famous building in New York City overlooking Central Park.

The Bogart Estate first tweeted the news. Obituaries: THR, Variety, NYT.

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  1. She didn't need to bring sexy back. It was always with her. In spades.

  2. bwv812 says:

    Lauren Bacall "became best known as Humphrey Bogart's on and offscreen partner"? What a horrible way to discount her and what she accomplished. And, really, the reverse is true: her initial prominence was not doubt aided by her debut with Bogart in To Have and Have Not, as well as their partnership going forward from there, but she's really known as a damn fine actress.

  3. Old says:

    <'bogey>She was a classy dame.<'/bogey>

  4. I very rarely have any reason to quote myself, but I wrote this just a week ago on another site…

    "What a woman. Lauren Bacall is one for the ages. She defines the red line at the top of the scale.

    She must have driven Bogart bonkers (in the best possible way.) I mean, just look at her. And besides being an archetype of beauty and sexuality, she's freaking brilliant. Everything.

    That's evolution, doing its stuff. I could go on at much greater length, but I need a shower. And a drink."

    Yes, she was breathtaking, but what I remember most is how her intellect just poured off the screen. She really was brilliant; she and Lenny Bernstein were best buds, and more than anyone else in her life, I think of them being very happy to see each other again.

    He'll have a cigarette and a glass of scotch waiting for her, and then he'll conduct God's own version of Beethoven's 9th just to say "hi."

  5. mocon says:

    I missed her early cinematic years, but what I loved about Lauren Bacall was her combination of confidence, humor, and wrinkles. She never looked like she was trying to hide her age or relive her "glory days."

    She seemed very comfortable in her skin and that will always be sexy.

    ...And I do agree with my claim.

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