So sad. Lauren Bacall, legendary actress of the Golden Age of Hollywood and beloved wife of leading man Humphrey Bogart, passed away on Aug. 12 after suffering a massive stroke at her home.
The world lost another star on Aug. 12, when Academy Award-winning actress Lauren Bacall passed away at 89. The estate of Humphrey Bogart — Lauren’s first husband and the great love of her life — confirmed the sad news on Facebook on Aug. 12.
Lauren Bacall Dead — Actress Dies At 89
The heartbreaking Facebook post from the Humphrey Bogart Estate reads, “With deep sorrow for the magnitude of our loss, yet with great gratitude for her amazing life, we confirm the passing of Lauren Bacall.”
Lauren, born Betty Joan Perske on Sept. 16, 1924, began her career as a fashion model, famously gracing the cover of Harper’s Bazaar magazine. She went on to become one of the sexiest and most successful leading ladies of her time, and was widely known for her sultry looks and beautiful, husky voice. She made her acting debut at 17 and starred in a slew of hit films, including How to Marry a Millionaire, Sex and the Single Girl and Designing Woman.
Many of her most popular and acclaimed performances were alongside real-life love Humphrey Bogart. The duo met on the set of 1944’s To Have and Have Not, which was Lauren’s first leading lady role, and quickly began a torrid and infamous romance. She was just 19 at the time, a Jewish girl from the Bronx, and he was 44 and married to his third wife, Mayo Methot. After a heartrending decision, Humphrey left Mayo and eventually married Lauren in 1945.
The pair went on to heat up the silver screen with their off-the-charts chemistry, co-starring in The Big Sleep, Dark Passage and Key Largo. Lauren and Humphrey remained together until his death from lung cancer in 1957 at the age of 57.
Lauren later became engaged to one of Humphrey’s best friends, legendary singer/actor Frank Sinatra, but he dumped her without giving her a reason, shortly before they were to be married. Lauren later married another legendary, accomplished actor, Jason Robards, in 1961, but they divorced in 1969. Lauren had two children with Humphrey, Leslie Howard Bogart and Stephen Humphrey Bogart, and one son with Jason, Sam Robards.
Lauren went on to enjoy a unique and full career that spanned more than 70 years, earning a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination for her performance in 1996’s The Mirror Has Two Faces, as well as an honorary Academy Award “in recognition of her central place in the Golden Age of motion pictures” in 2009. Lauren also starred on Broadway, winning Tony Awards for her performances in Applause in 1970 and Woman of the Year in 1981.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Lauren’s loved ones as they mourn this tragic loss.
— Tierney McAfee