One of the last remaining film icons, Lauren Bacall, 89, died in her home in New York on Tuesday morning, supposedly after suffering a stroke.
Bacall will probably be remembered as one of few actresses who acted opposite her husband, Humphrey Bogart, in several 40s classics. Additionally, their marriage also had a famous tag “Bogie and Bacall”, as one of the original Hollywood power couples.
She became famous in her teenage years as a fashion model, covering both Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. Her fashion career brought her the film career: wife of Howard Hawks suggested her for the role in “To Have and Have Not” in 1944, a romance-war adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s novel. That was the first collaboration between Bacall and Bogart, later husband and wife. Two years later, she was a part of, arguably, one of the best film noirs of that time, “The Big Sleep”. Her role in this phenomenal drama, directed by Hawks and co-written by William Faulkner, sent a big signal to the Hollywood. A year after, 1947, came another noir with Bogart again, “Dark Passage”, directed by Delmer Daves.
In the 50s she appeared more in musical dramas or romance movies, such as “Young Man With A Horn”, directed by Michael Curtiz. Later on she became more of a stage actress, playing on Broadway for several years. The most noted roles were in “Applause” in 1970 and “Woman of the Year” in 1981. She was awarded a Tony Award for both roles.
In 1974 she was a part of Sidney Lumet’s big film project “Murder on the Orient Express”, acting alongside Anthony Perkins, Ingrid Bergman, Albert Finney, Vanessa Redgrave and etc.
Her latests contributions to the film industry included “Dogville”, “Maderlay” and “Eve”, a short film directed by Natalie Portman. In 2014 she was a special guest voice on two occasions, for one episode of “Family Guy” and for “Ernest & Celestine”, an animated drama.
When it comes to the inevitable awards, Bacall was nominated for an Oscar only once in 1997, for a Supporting Role in “The Mirror Has Two Faces”, a romantic comedy directed by Barbra Streisand, losing to Juliette Binoche (The English Patient). However, in 2010 American Academy decides to award her with an Honorary Oscar for her achievements in the film industry.
Maybe she was forgotten on several occasions for a statuette, but I am sure her talent and touch won’t be for the years to come.
Thank you for all the memorable roles.