24 hours after the shocking news of Robin Williams’ suicide, another acting great has passed away. Ms. Lauren Bacall, the Oscar-nominated actress who was a staple during the “Golden Age of Hollywood,” suffered a massive stroke at her home and died on Tuesday morning.
Born in New York City in 1924, Bacall has been a mainstay in cinema, television and on stage for seventy years, her most recent work providing her voice for two disparate projects, the Oscar-nominated French-Belgian animated film Ernest & Celestine and Seth MacFarlane’s “Family Guy.”
Bacall may be best known among cinephiles for her work with her future husband Humphrey Bogart in movies like To Have and Have Not, The Big Sleep, Dark Passage and Key Largo. Later, she’d be a part of all-star ensemble casts for Sex and the Single Girl (1964) and Murder on the Orient Express (1974).
Despite receiving only a single Oscar nomination for her supporting role in The Mirror Has Two Faces, Bacall received an honorary Oscar in 2010. She received many other accolades including a Golden Globe and SAG award (both for The Mirror Has Two Faces) as well as Career and Lifetime Achievement awards from the National Board of Review and the Broadcast Film Critics.
After Humphrey Bogart died in 1957, Bacall eventually married actor Jason Robards in 1961 although they only remained together for eight years. Bacall leaves behind three children, two from Bogart and one from Robards.
Bacall has had two memoirs published, “Lauren Bacall By Myself” in 1978 and “Now” in 1994.