Lauren Bacall, whose seven-decade-long acting career saw her go from sultry-voiced siren to chic grande dame, and whose marriage to Humphrey Bogart was one of the most celebrated in Hollywood history, died Tuesday at her Manhattan home, her family said. She was 89.
Though best known for her film work, Ms. Bacall twice won a Tony Award for best actress in a musical, for “Applause” (1970) and “Woman of the Year” (1981), and an American Book Award for her best-selling memoir, “By Myself” (1979).
A 1997 Kennedy Center honoree, she was the recipient of a special Academy Award in 2009.
Ms. Bacall made her film debut, in “To Have and Have Not” (1944), with one of the most memorable opening lines in screen history. “Anybody got a match?” she inquired of her costar, Bogart. Ms. Bacall’s knowing manner and throaty delivery could make reciting the multiplication table seem suggestive, and those four words were as much challenge as question.
Bogart responded affirmatively to both, off screen as well as on. Ms. Bacall’s verdict on their work together in “To Have and Have Not” might apply equally well to their relationship: “You can’t beat chemistry.”
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