Actress Lauren Bacall dies at 89
WATCH: Global National’s Eric Sorensen looks back at the life of Lauren Bacall, one of the last stars of Hollywood’s golden age.
TORONTO – Actress Lauren Bacall died Tuesday morning at her home in New York City. She was 89.
“With deep sorrow, yet with great gratitude for her amazing life, we confirm the passing of Lauren Bacall,” read a tweet from the Bogart Estate, which is co-managed by Robbert de Klerk and Bacall’s son Stephen Bogart.
According to TMZ, Bacall suffered a fatal stroke.
Born Betty Jean Perske in the Bronx, she was a child of Jewish immigrants who was mostly raised by her single mother. While studying acting in New York, she started modelling and competing in pageants.
Discovered on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar at 19, she signed with Warner Bros. and kicked off a movie career.
Bacall, who married her co-star Humphrey Bogart in 1945, was best known for films she made during the Golden Age of Hollywood, such as 1946’s The Big Sleep, 1948’s Key Largo and 1953’s How to Marry a Millionaire.
She and Bogart had children Stephen and Leslie.
Following Bogart’s death in 1957, Bacall had a relationship with Frank Sinatra and then went on to marry actor Jason Robards. They had a son, Sam.
Her long list of credits includes Sex and the Single Girl, Shock Treatment, Harper, Murder on the Orient Express and The Shootist — films in which she worked with stars like Henry Fonda, John Wayne, Paul Newman and Natalie Wood.
Later in her career, Bacall took roles in Misery, Pret-a-Porter and Dogville.
Bacall earned a Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for 1996’s The Mirror Has Two Faces and accepted an honourary Oscar in 2010 for her contributions to film.
Bacall — and her dog Sophie — attended the Toronto International Film Festival in 2007 to support The Walker.
Her stage work earned her two Tony Awards — for 1970’s Applause and 1981’s Woman of the Year. She also appeared in Broadway productions of Cactus Flower and Goodbye Charlie.
Bacall’s television roles included guest parts on series like The Rockford Files and Chicago Hope. She also lent her voice to a Scooby Doo video in 2008 and an episode of Family Guy earlier this year.
Bacall’s 1978 memoir By Myself won a National Book Award and she followed it up in 1994 with Now.
Within hours of the news of Bacall’s passing, celebrities reacted on Twitter.
Rest with the angels, Lauren Bacall…
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) August 12, 2014
Lauren Bacall. The greats are leaving us. http://t.co/fWIF5Yna4A
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) August 13, 2014
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