Hollywood icon Lauren Bacall dies, aged 89

Lauren Bacall, an actress and model known for her husky voice and sultry glances, has died of after suffering a suspected stroke at her Wisconson home, aged 89.

Her death was confirmed by the Humphrey Bogart estate this morning.

With deep sorrow, yet with great gratitude for her amazing life, we confirm the passing of Lauren Bacall. pic.twitter.com/B8ZJnZtKhN

— BogartEstate (@HumphreyBogart) August 12, 2014

One of the leading ladies of the Golden Age in Hollywood, Bacall leaves behind three children and a legendary career in film.

Known for her work in film noir, she was brought to Hollywood as a 19-year-old after being spotted on the cover of Harper's Bazaar magazine.

Signed by Warner Bros. in 1943, she first starred as leading lady opposite Humphrey Bogart in the 1944 film 'To Have and Have Not'. Bacall married Bogart, who was 25 years her senior, the following year.

Bacall went on to star in many of Bogart's films and the pair soon became a legendary Hollywood couple. Bacall is quoted as saying, "No one has written a romance better than we lived it."

Bacall and Bogart were together until he died of esophageal cancer in 1957, aged 57.

However, their legacies remained so intertwined that Bacall says she moved to New York in 1961 to "get out from under being 'Bogart's widow".

Following a romance with Frank Sinatra and an ill-fated eight-year marriage to actor Jason Robards, Bacall took to Broadway where she found further success.

She went on to win two Tony Awards for the 1970-72 Broadway musical 'Applause' and another for the 1981 musical 'Woman of the Year'.

Bacall took to the screen once again for several film roles and even an appearance on TV show 'The Sopranos'. She was awarded an honorary Oscar in 2009.


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