Barbra Streisand Releases Statement on Passing of Lauren Bacall

Yesterday, BWW reported the sad news that fllm and stage legend and two-time Tony Award winnerLauren Bacall, passed away at the age of 89.

Today, Barbara Streisand, who worked with Bacall in The Mirror Has Two Face, released the following statement:

"What a terrible loss for us all. First Robin, who was a genius, and now Lauren. It was my privilege to have known her, to have acted with her, and to have directed her. And, most of all, to have had her as a wise and loving friend. She was an original. Even with those great films we can visit again and again, she will be missed."

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.

Click here to see video highlights from her career.

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.

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.

Photo Credit: Walter McBride / WM Photos

Source: ET

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