Legendary screen siren Lauren Bacall died of a massive stroke at her home in Los Angeles on Tuesday morning.
Her death was confirmed by Robbert de Klerk, the co-managing partner of the Humphrey Bogart Estate with her son Stephen Bogart. In a statement he said: “She passed away peacefully earlier today in New York.”
Her daughter, Leslie Bogart, said the family was not sharing any additional information at this time.
The 89-year-old actress has appeared in more than sixty films over her career and was best known for her distinctive smoky voice. Smart, sultry and witty – she was a beauty with brains and a devastating wit, always a highly assertive and sassy on screen presence who classed up every film she was in.
Her film debut was also one of her more memorable roles – she was 19 and co-starred with Humphrey Bogart in “To Have and Have Not”. She would go on to marry Bogart in real life and work together in several films with him including “Key Largo,” “Dark Passage” and the cinematic classic which is also one of my all time favorite films – “The Big Sleep”.
Since then she has appeared in numerous films including “Murder on the Orient Express,” “How to Marry a Millionaire,” “Misery,” “Appointment with Death,” “My Fellow Americans,” “The Mirror Has Two Faces,” “Pret-a-Porter,” “Dogville,” “Written on the Wind,” “Shock Treatment,” “The Fan” and “Blood Alley”
Source: The Los Angeles Times