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Lauren Bacall, legendary actress, dies at 89

Lauren Bacall
Lauren Bacall
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Lauren Bacall, the actress known for her roles in Key Largo and To Have and Have Not, has died at the age of 89. Reports say that Bacall suffered a stroke.

Bacall was born Betty Joan Perske in the Bronx in 1924 and is an icon of Hollywood's golden age. She has 72 acting credits to her name, highlighted by films where she played opposite Humphrey Bogart — To Have and Have Not, The Big Sleep, Dark Passage, and Key Largo — whom she married in 1945. They stayed married until he died in 1957 and are often considered one of Hollywood's great love stories.

Bacall was known for her impossibly sultry voice — the kind of voice that makes you want to stop everything you're doing and listen. This voice:

Bacall also performed on Broadway, where she won Tony awards for her performances in Applause and Woman of the Year. She was nominated for best supporting actress at the 1996 Oscars for her role in The Mirror Has Two Faces. She continued to be active in the film world until her death, and her final movie credit is a voice in the English dub of the French animated film Ernest & Celestine.

Bacall is survived by her three children.

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