Lauren Bacall, Hollywood and Broadway Legend, Dead at 89

| August 12, 2014
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Just a day after the loss of one of the world’s funniest actors, the legendary Lauren Bacall has passed away at the age of 89 of a stroke. She burst onto the scene in 1944 with To Have and Have Not, matching Humphrey Bogart’s star power with her husky voice and no-nonsense attitude. They would later marry and star in a string of noir classics (The Big Sleep, Dark Passage and Key Largo). But her creative and personal collaborations with Bogart aren’t the full story. “The only thing that I am not pleased about is when people only talk about ‘Bogie’ to me as though I had no other life at all,” she said on NPR’s Morning Edition in 2005, “when I had, unfortunately, many, many more years without him than I did with him.”

Bacall went on to juggle being a single mother with being a movie star and Broadway diva. “I remember my oldest son, Steve, saying to me once, ‘I don’t ever remember seeing you with an apron on.’ And I thought, that’s right, honey, you did not. That was his concept of what a mother should be.”

60 years after her screen debut, she was still taking names in films like Lars von Trier’s Dogville and Jonathan Glazer’s Birth. And she worked right until the very end. “What is the point of working all your life and then stopping?”

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Emmanuel Hapsis studied creative writing at University of Maryland, College Park and went on to receive his MFA in the field from California College of the Arts. After a few years of odd jobs, he landed at KQED, where he worked his way up from an intern to being the lead producer of a literature podcast and then the creator and editor of KQED Pop. In his free time, he teaches yoga and sings his heart out at karaoke.
  • Fay Nissenbaum

    Her maturity at age 19 in To Have and Have Not is a lesson the starlet brats should consider in their public behavior.

  • Marcia Tracy

    she didn’t die of a stroke though, at least that’s not what was released by her representatives. Please delete that. The official announcement of her passing did not release a cause of death. Media is purely speculating it was a stroke due to the fact that an ambulance was called to the Dakota for someone suffering a stroke there, who went to the hospital…while Bacall died at home. Therefore, it could not have been Miss Bacall who was the stroke victim.