Best known for her roles with husband Humphrey Bogart in Key Largo, To Have and Have Not and The Big Sleep.
Young Man with a Horn
Written on the Wind
The Gift of Love
North West Frontier
Murder on the Orient Express
Appointment with Death
John Huston: The Man, the Movies, the Maverick
Tree of Hands
Dinner at Eight
A Little Piece of Sunshine
A Star for Two
All I Want for Christmas
A Foreign Field
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
The Mirror Has Two Faces
My Fellow Americans
Day and Night
Too Rich: The Secret Life of Doris Duke
Madeline: Lost in Paris
The Venice Project
Presence of Mind
A Conversation with Gregory Peck
Howl’s Moving Castle
These Foolish Things
Scooby-Doo! and the Goblin King
Wide Blue Yonder
Ernest & Celestine
Lauren Bacall was only nominated for one Best Actress in a Supporting Role Academy Award for her role in The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996)
Lauren Bacall was born Betty Joan Perske on September 16, 1924, in The Bronx, New York, the only child of Natalie (née Weinstein; 1901–1977), a secretary who later legally changed her surname to Bacall, and William Perske, who worked in sales.
Soon after her birth, Bacall’s family moved to Brooklyn’s Ocean Parkway. She was educated with the financial support of her wealthy uncles at a private boarding school. Her parents divorced when she was five. She no longer saw her father and formed a very close bond with her mother, who remarried Lee Goldberg and came to live in California after Bacall became a movie star.
In 1941, Bacall took lessons at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, where she was classmates with Kirk Douglas, while working as a fashion model and theatre usher at the St. James Theatre.
She made her acting debut on Broadway in 1942, at age 17, as a walk-on in Johnny 2 X 4. By then, she lived with her mother on Bank Street, Greenwich Village, and in 1942 she was crowned Miss Greenwich Village.
As a teenage fashion model she appeared on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar, as well as in magazines such as Vogue.
Though Diana Vreeland is often credited with discovering Bacall for Harper’s Bazaar, it was in fact Nicolas de Gunzburg who introduced the 18-year-old to Vreeland. He had first met Bacall at Tony’s, a club in the East 50s. De Gunzburg suggested that Bacall stop by his Bazaar office the next day. He then turned over his find to Vreeland, who arranged for Louise Dahl-Wolfe to shoot Bacall in Kodachrome for the March 1943 cover.