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Lauren Bacall

Best known for her roles with husband Humphrey Bogart in Key Largo, To Have and Have Not and The Big Sleep.

Lauren Bacall

Filmography

1944      

To Have and Have Not

 

1945      

Confidential Agent

 

1946      

Two Guys from Milwaukee

The Big Sleep

 

1947      

Dark Passage

 

1948      

Key Largo

 

1950      

Young Man with a Horn

Bright Leaf

 

1953      

How to Marry a Millionaire

 

1954      

Woman’s World

 

1955      

The Cobweb

 Blood Alley

 

1956      

Written on the Wind

 

1957      

Designing Woman

 

1958      

The Gift of Love

 

1959      

North West Frontier

 

1964      

Shock Treatment

Sex and the Single Girl

 

1966      

Harper

 

1974      

Murder on the Orient Express

 

1976      

The Shootist

 

1978      

Perfect Gentlemen

 

1980      

Health

 

1981      

The Fan

 

1988      

Appointment with Death

Mr. North

John Huston: The Man, the Movies, the Maverick

 

1989      

Tree of Hands

Dinner at Eight

 

1990      

A Little Piece of Sunshine

Misery

 

1991      

A Star for Two

All I Want for Christmas

 

1993      

The Portrait

A Foreign Field

 

1994      

Prêt-à-Porter

 

1995      

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

 

1996      

The Mirror Has Two Faces

My Fellow Americans

 

1997      

Day and Night

 

1999      

Get Bruce

Too Rich: The Secret Life of Doris Duke

Madeline: Lost in Paris

Diamonds

The Venice Project

Presence of Mind

 

2000      

A Conversation with Gregory Peck

 

2003      

Gone Dark

Dogville

 

 

2004      

Howl’s Moving Castle

Birth

Amália Traïda

 

2005      

Manderlay

 

2006      

These Foolish Things

 

2007      

The Walker

 

2008      

Eve

Scooby-Doo! and the Goblin King

 

2010      

Wide Blue Yonder

Firedog

 

2012      

Ernest & Celestine

The Forger

Awards

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)

I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that. ~ Lauren Bacall

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.