Breaking News - Tony Award Winner Lauren Bacall Dies at 89
Film and stage legend and two-time Tony Award winner Lauren Bacall, passed away on Tuesday morning (first reported by TMZ) at the age of 89. The legendary actress suffered a massive stroke and died at home (New York City's famous Dakota Building) according to a family member. BroadwayWorld.com has now confirmed the sad news.
Joe Benincasa, President and CEO, The Actors Fund tells us that "Lauren Bacall helped The Actors Fund in a thousand ways, helping to build our nursing home and lending her enormous talent to fundraising events. Betty even allowed us to honor her in 2001, and what an honor that was for us. Ms. Bacall distinguished herself as a leader, always on the side of what's right. We will miss her."
Her career as a leading lady took off when she starred in the Humphrey Bogart film To Have and Have Not (1944). The film made Bacall an overnight success and featured one of the most famous lines in film history, "You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? You just put your lips together and... blow." Following her first collaboration with Bogart, the couple became romantically involved and married on May 21, 1945.
The actress continued on in the film noir genre, starring in the Bogart-led films The Big Sleep (1946), Dark Passage (1947), and Key Largo (1948), as well as comedic roles in How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) with Marilyn Monroe and Designing Woman (1957) with Gregory Peck.
Bacall's work on Broadway included Goodbye, Charlie (1959), Cactus Flower (1965), Applause (1970) and Woman of the Year (1981). She won Tony Awards for her performances in the latter two. For her work in the Chicago theatre, Bacall won the Sarah Siddons Award in 1972 and again in 1984.
Her performance in the movie The Mirror Has Two Faces opposite Barbra Streisand (1996) earned her a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination. In 2009, she was selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to receive an Academy Honorary Award "in recognition of her central place in the Golden Age of motion pictures." Her movie career also included such high-profile projects as Dogville (2003) and Birth (2004), both with Nicole Kidman. She was also one of the leading actors in Paul Schrader's 2007 movie The Walker.
Her TV work included appearances in 1964's Craig Stevens's CBS drama, Mr. Broadway: first in "Take a Walk Through a Cemetery", with then husband Jason Robards, Jr. and Jill St. John, and then as Barbara Lake in "Something to Sing About", with Martin Balsam as Nate Bannerman. She made a cameo appearance as herself on The Sopranos, in the April 2006 episode, "Luxury Lounge". Most recently, she lent her voice for the twelfth season of Family Guy in the episode titled, "Mom's the Word"
In September 2006, Bacall was awarded the first Katharine Hepburn Medal, which recognizes "women whose lives, work and contributions embody the intelligence, drive and independence of the four-time-Oscar-winning actress", by Bryn Mawr College's Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center.
Bacall received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1997. In 1999, she was voted one of the 25 most significant female movie stars in history by the American Film Institute.
Check out highlights from Bacall's career below:
Bacall performs from "Applause" at the 1970's Tony Awards
Applause 1973 telecast with Lauren Bacall
Bacall sings accompanied by Hoagy Carmichael in 'To Have and Have Not'
1994 Interview with Charlie Rose
Lauren Bacall performs from Broadway's Woman of the Year at the 1981 Tony Awards
Bacall's famous 'whistle' line from To Have and Have Not
Official Trailer for 'The Mirror Has Two Faces'
Photo Credit: Linda Lenzi
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