Hollywood legend Lauren Bacall has died at the age of 89.
Lauren Bacall’s Hollywood career spanned seven decades, with a memorable debut aged 19 opposite her future husband, Humphrey Bogart, in To Have and Have Not.
More than 50 years later, The Mirror Has Two Faces earned her a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1924, Lauren Bacall went on to become one of cinema’s biggest stars, best known for her husky voice and smoldering looks.
A Twitter account of the Bogart estate, run by Lauren Bacall’s son, tweeted: “With deep sorrow, yet with great gratitude for her amazing life, we confirm the passing of Lauren Bacall.”
The legendary actress reportedly died after suffering a major stroke at home in New York.
Lauren Bacall died after suffering a major stroke at home in New York (photo Getty Images)
Lauren Bacall was awarded an honorary Oscar in 2009 in recognition of “her central place in the golden age of motion pictures”.
Born Betty Joan Perske, Lauren Bacall took a variation of her mother’s last name after her parents divorced.
Her first film performance, as the tough and tender dame in To Have and Have Not, became one of the most powerful debuts in film history.
The movie featured her legendary lines: “You don’t have to act with me, Steve. You don’t have to say anything and you don’t have to do anything. Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and… blow.”
Lauren Bacall continued her on-screen partnership with Humphrey Bogart in Key Largo, The Big Sleep and Dark Passage after the couple were married in 1945.
They had two children and were married until Humphrey Bogart’s death in 1957. She had another child with her second husband, Jason Robards.
Lauren Bacall appeared in more than 30 movies, including How to Marry a Millionaire and Murder on the Orient Express.
She also acted on stage in New York, winning Tony Awards for best leading actress in a musical in 1970 for Applause and in 1981 for Woman of the Year.
Lauren Bacall won an Academy Award nomination in 1996 for her role opposite Barbra Streisand in The Mirror Has Two Faces.
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Drinking glasses that were a gift from Humphrey Bogart have sold for more than double their expected price.
Humphrey Bogart gave public relations man Bill Rowland Hill the six small and five large glasses for his help publicizing the 1951 film The African Queen.
They were sold for £8,000 ($12,500) to a private buyer from Europe at an art and antiques fair in London.
It had been expected that they would sell for about £3,500 ($5,500).
The glasses, which were engraved with the initials HB, were accompanied by a letter on 20th Century Fox-headed notepaper from Pinewood signed “Bogie”.
He thanks Bill Rowland Hill for his PR work and “all the other little things”.
Humphrey Bogart gave public relations man Bill Rowland Hill the six small and five large glasses for his help publicizing the 1951 film The African Queen
The letter reads: “My Dear Bill. Before I leave for home I want to say, one big <<thank you>> from the bottom of my heart for all you have done publicity wise both on the set, and in Africa.
“I wanted to send you some Hootch but on second thoughts I want you to have something to put it in.
“Will you call at that fancy store (Heal’s) on Tottenham Court Street and see a guy called Gaylard. Choose yourself a dozen glasses from the suite I have had made.
“Once again sport, thanks a million.”
John Huston’s World War 1 film, The African Queen, tells the story of American Rose Sayer – played by Katharine Hepburn – who escapes a village burned down in German East Africa on a boat owned by rough-and-ready Charlie Allnutt, played by Humphrey Bogart.
It won Humphrey Bogart the best actor Oscar in 1952.
The 11 glasses were being sold by antique glass dealers Mark J. West, of Redhill, Surrey, at the 23rd Winter Fine Art and Antiques Fair at London Olympia.
The piano that features in the classic 1940s film Casablanca has been sold for more than $600,000 at Sotheby’s auction in New York.
The upright piano appears in one of the film’s most iconic scenes, in which Humphrey Bogart’s character Rick utters the line: “Here’s looking at you, kid.”
It was sold to an unknown buyer at Sotheby’s in New York.
The piano had been offered for sale by its Japanese collector owner to mark the film’s 70th anniversary.
The piano that features in the classic 1940s film Casablanca has been sold for more than $600,000 at Sotheby’s auction in New York
It was expected to sell for as much as $1.2 million. The owner originally paid about $154,000 for the piano at auction in the late 1980s.
It is used in the film by pianist Sam, played by Dooley Wilson, to play the song As Time Goes By during a key flashback scene set in a Paris bar.
Rick Blaine, played by Humphrey Bogart, delivers the famous line as he and Ingrid Bergman’s character Ilsa Lund lean on the piano, toasting with glasses of champagne.
The piano’s sale marks the 70th anniversary of the Oscar-winning World War II classic, which is largely set in the Moroccan port city of Casablanca, then part of unoccupied French North Africa.