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Screen siren Lauren Bacall passes away aged 89

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Lauren Bacall

has died at the age of 89. The US actress, a star of

Hollywood's golden age of cinema

, passed away at home after suffering a stroke. In a short statement, her family said, "With deep sorrow, yet great gratitude for her amazing life, we confirm the passing of Lauren Bacall."

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Lauren Bacall, star of Hollywood's golden age of cinema, has passed away

Lauren, who was best known for her

husky voice and smouldering stare

, had a Hollywood career that spanned a remarkable seven decades.Born Betty Joan Perske in Brooklyn, New York, in 1924, she made her

silver screen debut

at the age of 19 in

To Have and Have Not

, opposite her future husband

Humphrey Bogart


Iconic couples: Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart

That film also gave her one of her most memorable 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.


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Lauren Bacall and husband Humphrey Bogart

She went on to star with Humphrey in

Key Largo


The Big Sleep


Dark Passage

. The couple were

married from 1945 until his death in 1957

, and had two children together.She had a third baby with her second husband

Jason Robards

, to who she was married between 1961 and 1969.Lauren's other screen credits included

How To Marry A Millionaire

, which she starred in alongside

Marilyn Monroe

and Betty Grable, and

Murder On The Orient Express


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Lauren Bacall with Anjelica Huston, after receiving her honourary Oscar in 2009

As late as 1996, she

won a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination

for her work in

The Mirror Has Two Faces

, and in 2009 received an

honourary Academy Award

for "

her central place in the golden age of motion pictures


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