The great Lauren Bacall, movie and Broadway legend, has died at the age of 89
There are not many people – any people perhaps – who can claim to be an A-List star for the past 70 years.
Lauren Bacall, who died of a stroke today, certainly could.
She was 89 at the time of her death.
Miss Bacall was just 19 when she made her film debut opposite future husband Humphrey Bogart in 1944′s To Have and Have Not. They made three more movies together before Bogart’s death in 1957.
Miss Bacall has never stopped working in movies like How to Marry a Millionaire, Designing Woman, Murder on the Orient Express, The Shootist, Ready to Wear, The Mirror Has Two Faces and Dogville, among many others.
But it is on the stage where she has had her greatest triumphs with two sellout years on Broadway in Cactus Flower and Tony Award winning performances in Applause and Woman of the Year.
In addition to her two Tonys, Miss Bacall received an Honorary Oscar a few years ago and won the National Book Award for her outstanding autobiography By Myself.
She had two children with Bogart, Stephen and Leslie, and a son with second husband Jason Robards who is the actor Sam Robards.
Miss Bacall was one of my all-time favorite stars and I had the thrill of interviewing her twice – once on a red carpet and once at length on the phone for a magazine profile.
Here are some videos of this great star at the peak of her powers belting out Welcome to the Theater from Applause at the 1970 Tonys. The others are some nice Golden Globe wins.