Lauren Bacall, the husky-voiced actress whose marriage to Humphrey Bogart was the stuff of Hollywood legend, died Tuesday of a stroke in New York. She was 89.
Kathy Robinson, a spokeswoman for New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, told NBC News that Bacall died at 5:21 p.m. ET. Robbert de Klerk, co-manager of the Humphrey Bogart Estate, said she died quietly and suffered no pain.
Bacall, born Betty Joan Perske in New York in 1924, was a little-known 19-year-old fashion model when she was cast opposite Bogart in “To Have and Have Not” in 1944. Her impact was immediate, and with one memorable line — “You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.” — she became an instant star.
The following year, she and Bogart, 25 years her senior, were married. They remained a storybook couple until Bogart died in 1957, starring together in a series of film-noir classics that included “The Big Sleep” and “Key Largo.”
Bogart won the 1952 Academy Award for Best Actor for his appearance in “The African Queen.” In 1961, Bacall married another Oscar-winning actor, Jason Robards Jr. They divorced in 1969.
h/t: NBC News
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