WASHINGTON– Lauren Bacall, the sultry, sharp Hollywood ingenue who charmed and married actor Humphrey Bogart, launched a silver screen romance and a subsequent career that lasted more than 50 years, has passed away. She was 89.
The Humphrey Bogart Estate, led by Bogart and Bacall’s son Stephen Bogart, confirmed her death on its Facebook page Tuesday night.
“With deep sorrow for the magnitude of our loss, yet with great gratitude for her amazing life, we confirm the passing of Lauren Bacall,” a posting read.
Bacall shot to fame in her first movie, “To Have and Have Not,” in 1944 opposite Bogart, her future husband. From there, her career spanned decades, even after “Bogie” died in 1957.
She starred in such films as “The Big Sleep” (1946), “Dark Passage” (1947) and “Key Largo” (1948), “How to Marry a Millionaire” (1953) and “Murder on the Orient Express” (1974). Of her career and life, Bacall once said, “I traveled by roller coaster, a roller coaster on which the highs were as high as anyone could ever hope to go. And the lows! Oh, those lows were lower than anyone should ever have to go — 10 degrees below hell.”
She later married Jason Robards in 1961. She is survived by three children, Leslie Howard Bogart, Sam Robards and Stephen Humphrey Bogart.
Bacall received the Kennedy Honors in 1997; and in 1999, she was voted one of the 25 most significant female movie stars in history by the American Film Institute.