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US actress Lauren Bacall 'dies at 89'




American actress Lauren Bacall has died at the age of 89, according to reports.


Her Hollywood career spanned seven decades, with a memorable debut aged 19 opposite her future husband, Humphrey Bogart, in To Have and Have Not.


More than 50 years later, The Mirror Has Two Faces earned her a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination.


Born in Brooklyn, New York, in in 1924, she went on to become one of cinema's biggest stars, best known for her husky voice and beauty.


A Twitter account of the Bogart estate, run by Bacall's son, tweeted: "With deep sorrow, yet with great gratitude for her amazing life, we confirm the passing of Lauren Bacall."


Bogart was awarded an honorary Oscar in 2009 in recognition of "her central place in the golden age of motion pictures".



Born Betty Joan Perske, Bacall took her a variation of her mother's last name after her parents divorced.


Her first film performance, as the tough and tender dame in To Have and Have Not, became one of the most powerful debuts in film history.


The film featured her legendary lines: "You don't have to act with me, Steve. You don't have to say anything and you don't have to do anything. Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? You just put your lips together and... blow.


She continued her on-screen partnership with Bogart in Key Largo, The Big Sleep and Dark Passage after the couple were married in 1945.

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She did the voice of tbe aged Sophie in the anime Howl's Moving Castle.


I know I have seen her in live action as well, was she in Black Narcissus?


Such a shame.

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I was very sad to hear this yesterday. She was a remarkable woman and a huge influence in my life. Her strength of character, her beauty and that gorgeous voice. A true star in every sense of the word.


If you haven't seen her movies, you must. She was brilliant in her debut, To Have and Have Not.


Rest in peace, Ms. Bacall. :rose:

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