Loss of a Legend: Hollywood Mourns Lauren Bacall

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By Angel Lenise August 13, 2014
“Listen, I never went into this business thinking of winning anything. I went into it because I loved it and I wanted to be good at it. It was a form of expression for me. I love to hide behind characters. So [any recognition] I get is a perk. It's just an extra. Just the fact that all that happened to me last year, it is — well — fabulous.” — Bacall at the 1997 Kennedy Center Honors (not pictured).
Bogart and Bacall in To Have and Have Not, 1994.
Bacall in The Big Sleep, 1946.
Bogart and Bacall in Dark Passage, 1947.
Bacall and Bogart in Key Largo, 1948.
Bacall in The Mirror Has Two Faces, 1996.
"No, I don't like legend. I mean, I don't like the category. And to begin with, to me, a legend is something that is not on the Earth, that is dead.” — Bacall in an interview with Larry King in 2005.
Hollywood has been hit hard this week, not just with the untimely passing of Robin Williams, but now, with the death of legendary screen siren Lauren Bacall. The film noir great, wed to frequent co-star Humphrey Bogart until his 1957 death, suffered a stroke Tuesday morning at home in her native New York. She was 89 years old. Bacall made her motion picture debut with 1944’s To Have and Have Not opposite Bogart, and went on to star in more than 60 films, earning Tonys, Golden Globes, SAGs, and Kennedy Center Honors along the way. As we look back on some of her most memorable film moments, we leave you with one question. “You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.”
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