The glamorous, beautiful, iconic Lauren Bacall, famed for her wonderful acting skill and her relationship with heartthrob actor Humphrey Bogart, has passed away. The lovely actress, who the world will always remember as one of the greats, was 89 when she passed away after a stroke in her Manhattan apartment earlier this week. The legendary actress became a household name in 1944 when she began her Hollywood career, and she will always be remembered as one of the most iconic and legendary actresses in the world.
The actress led a long, full life that included one great love, several marriages and three children as well as a successful career in film that spanned more than six decades. The 19-year-old model shot immediately to fame when she was featured on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar and signed by Warner Brothers in 1943. Her first role was in To Have and Have Not, the movie adaptation of a famous Hemingway novel. It was when her great love affair with the legendary Humphrey Bogart began.
Bogart, 25 years Bacall’s senior, was said to have fallen in love with his future wife when she uttered one of the most famous lines of all time to him in a scene, “You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow,”. This line also helped launch her straight to stardom.
Over the next few years, Bogart would divorce his third wife, marry Bacall, have two children, and pass away of esophageal cancer only 12 years into their marriage. The couple had two children together. She would remarry later on, have one more son, and eventually leave her husband due to his addictions. She also famously carried on a short-lived affair with Frank Sinatra, about whom she was not afraid to describe as less than gentlemanly. She made the decision to leave Hollywood and pursue a career on Broadway, spending the rest of her life in New York City. She was the recipient of a Life Achievement Award in 2010, as given to her by the Academy.
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