Lauren Bacall was born Betty Joan Perske on September 16, 1924, in NewYork City. She is the daughter of Natalie Weinstein-Bacal, a RomanianJewish immigrant, and William Perske, who was born in New Jersey, toPolish Jewish parents. Her family was middle-class, with her fatherworking as a salesman and her mother as a secretary. They divorced whenshe was five.
When she was a school girl, Lauren originally wanted tobe a dancer, but later, she became enthralled with acting, so sheswitched gears to head into that field. She had studied at the AmericanAcademy of Dramatic Arts in New York after high school, which enabledher to get her feet wet in some off-Broadway productions. Once out of school, Lauren entered modeling and, because of her beauty,appeared on the cover of Harper's Bazaar, one of the most popularmagazines in the US. The wife of famed director 'Howard Hawks' spotted the picture in the publication and arranged with her husband tohave Lauren take a screen test. As a result, which was entirelypositive, she was given the part of Marie Browning in To Have and Have Not (1944) , a thriller opposite the great'Humphrey Bogart' , when she was just 19 years old.
This not onlyset the tone for a fabulous career but also one of Hollywood's greatestlove stories (she married Bogart in 1945). It was also the first ofseveral Bogie-Bacall films. After 1945's Confidential Agent (1945) , Lauren received secondbilling in The Big Sleep (1946) with Bogart. The mystery, in therole of Vivian Sternwood Rutledge, was a resounding success. Althoughshe was making one film a year, each production would be eagerlyawaited by the public.
In 1947, again with her husband, Lauren starredin the thriller Dark Passage (1947) . The film kept movie patronson the edge of their seats. The following year, she starred withBogart, 'Edward G. Robinson (I)' , and 'Lionel Barrymore' in Key Largo (1948) . The crime drama was even more of a nail biterthan her previous film.
In 1950, Lauren starred in Bright Leaf (1950) , a drama set in 1894. It was a film of notebecause she appeared without her husband - her co-star was'Gary Cooper (I)' . In 1953, Lauren appeared in her first comedy asSchatze Page in How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) . The film,with co-stars 'Marilyn Monroe' and 'Betty Grable' , was asmash hit all across the theaters of America. After filming Designing Woman (1957) , which was released in 1957,'Humphrey Bogart' died on January 14 from throat cancer.
Devastated at being a widow, Lauren returned to the silver screen with The Gift of Love (1958) in 1958 opposite'Robert Stack (I)' . The production turned out to be a bigdisappointment. Undaunted, Lauren moved back to New York City andappeared in several Broadway plays to huge critical acclaim. She wasenjoying acting before live audiences and the audiences in turn enjoyedher fine performances. Lauren was away from the big screen for five years, but she returned in1964 to appear in Shock Treatment (1964) and Sex and the Single Girl (1964) .
The latter film was a comedystarring 'Henry Fonda' and 'Tony Curtis (I)' . In 1966, Laurenstarred in Harper (1966) with 'Paul Newman (I)' and'Julie Harris (I)' , which was one of former's signature films. Alternating her time between films and the stage, Lauren returned in1974's Murder on the Orient Express (1974) . The film, based on'Agatha Christie' 's best-selling book was a huge hit. It alsogarnered 'Ingrid Bergman (I)' her third Oscar.
Actually, the hugestar-studded cast helped to ensure its success. Two years later, in1976, Lauren co-starred with 'John Wayne (I)' in The Shootist (1976) . The film was Wayne's last - he died fromcancer in 1979. In 1981, Lauren played an actress being stalked by a crazed admirer in The Fan (1981) . The thriller was absolutely fascinating withLauren in the lead role.
After that production, Lauren was away fromfilms again, this time for seven years. In the interim, she againappeared on the stages of Broadway. When she returned, it was for thefilming of 1988's Mr. North (1988) . After Misery (1990) ,in 1990, and several made for television films, Lauren appeared in1996's My Fellow Americans (1996) .
It was a wonderful comedyromp with 'Jack Lemmon' and 'James Garner (I)' as twoex-presidents and their escapades. Despite her advanced age and deteriorating health, she made asmall-scale comeback in the English-language dub of'Hayao Miyazaki' 's Hauru no ugoku shiro (2004) ("Howl'sMoving Castle," based on the young-adult novel by'Diana Wynne Jones' ) as the Witch of the Waste, but futureendeavors for the beloved actress became increasingly rare. LaurenBacall died on 12 August 2014, five weeks short of her 90th birthday. .
|1||7th Annual American Cinema Awards||1990||as Herself - Presenter|
|2||A Benefit Celebration: A Tribute to Angela Lansbury||1996||as Herself - Performer|
|3||A Star Is Born World Premiere||1954||as Herself|
|4||All I Want for Christmas||1991||as Lillian Brooks|
|5||Appointment with Death||1988||as Lady Westholme|
|6||Hauru no ugoku shiro||2004||as Witch of the Waste|
|7||Heavyweight Elimination Contest: Cassius Clay vs. Doug Jones||1963||as Herself - Audience Member|
|8||How to Marry a Millionaire||1953||as Schatze Page|
|9||Howard Hawks: American Artist||1997||as Herself|
|10||John Huston: The Man, the Movies, the Maverick||1988||as Herself|
|11||Johnny Mercer: The Dreams on Me||2009||as Herself|
|12||Katharine Hepburn: All About Me||1993||as Herself|
|13||Madeline: Lost in Paris||1999||as Madame Lacroque|
|14||Marilyn Monroe: The Final Days||2001||as Herself|
|15||Moving Image Salutes Al Pacino||1993||as Herself|
|16||Nicole Kidman: An American Cinematheque Tribute||2003||as Herself|
|17||Parade of Stars||1983||as Herself - Tess Harding|
|18||Premiere Bond: Opening Nights||2006||as Herself|
|19||Premio Donostia a Max Von Sydow||2006||as Herself|
|20||Premio Donostia a Willem Dafoe||2005||as Herself|
|21||Screen Snapshots: Photoplay Gold Medal Awards||1948||as Herself|
|22||The 16th Annual Tony Awards||1962||as Herself - Audience Member|
|23||The 24th Annual Academy Awards||1952||as Herself - Audience Member|
|24||The 47th Annual Academy Awards||1975||as Herself - Presenter: Best Costume Design|
|25||The 51st Annual Academy Awards||1979||as Herself - Co-Presenter: Writing Awards|
|26||The 59th Annual Academy Awards||1987||as Herself - Presenter: Best Costume Design|
|27||The 65th Annual Academy Awards||1993||as Herself|
|28||The 8th Annual American Cinema Awards||1991||as Herself - Winner|
|29||The American Film Institute Presents a Salute to William Wyler||1976||as Herself|
|30||The GQ Men of the Year Awards||1997||as Herself|
|31||The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts||1980||as Herself|
|32||The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts||1990||as Herself|
|33||The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts||1991||as Herself|
|34||The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts||1994||as Herself|
|35||The Mirror Has Two Faces||1996||as Hannah Morgan|
|36||Travel the World: Eastern Cities - Prague, Budapest and Istanbul||1997||as Herself|
|37||Travel the World: Ireland - Western Ireland, Dublin and Belfast||1997||as Herself|
|38||Tribeca Film Festival Presents||2003||as Herself|
|39||Written on the Wind||1956||as Lucy Moore Hadley|
|40||You Must Remember This: A Tribute to Casablanca||1992||as Narrator|