Obituary: Lauren Bacall

Lauren Bacall, the sultry actress with the husky voice who captured Humphrey Bogart’s heart both on and off the movie screen, has died at the age of 89.

Bacall suffered a massive stroke at her New York home on Tuesday morning (local time), a family member said.

Bacall was married to Bogart from 1945 until his death in 1957.

They appeared together in several films, including The Big Sleep (1946) and Key Largo (1948).

She was born Betty Joan Perske on 16 September 1924, in New York City, the only child of immigrant parents.

After her parents’ divorce, she adopted a variation of her mother’s maiden name, Bacal.

The public knew her as Lauren, the screen name hung on her by director Howard Hawks, while friends called her Betty.

Bogart simply called her Baby, in a love story that ended prematurely with his death from throat cancer at the age of 57 — via redwolf.newsvine.com

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