Hollywood legend Lauren Bacall passed away on Tuesday at her home in New York City. She was 89. According to Variety, the cause was most likely a stroke.
Born in 1924, Bacall made her film debut in 1944 and continued to act for the next 70 years.
Bacall’s most famous films were released in the 1940s and included To Have And Have Not and Key Largo. After more than 50 years in the business, she was finally nominated for an Oscar in 1996 for The Mirror Has Two Faces. Though she was the favorite to win it, she lost out to Juliette Binoche, but she was awarded an honorary Oscar in 2009 for her cinematic accomplishments.
Bacall was very well known for her personal life as well. She met 45 year-old Humphrey Bogart on the set of her first film when she was not yet 20, and married him a year later. They had two children and remained married for 12 years until his death in 1957.
Bacall later married Oscar winner Jason Robards in the 1960s, and had a child with him as well. The couple divorced in 1969, and she never married again.
Lauren Bacall will always be remembered for her role as a screen siren, as well as her “tell it like it is” attitude. She was proud to still be working right up until this year, and scoffed when anyone told her she should retire.
In a recent interview she told a stunned reporter “I am still working, I’ve never stopped and, while my health holds out, I won’t stop.”
Young people today could really learn something from this work ethic. Rest in peace, Lauren Bacall.