Lauren Bacall

(1924 – 2014)

Lauren BacallBiographical Sketch

Lauren Bacall (born Betty Joan Perske; New York, NY, USA, September 16, 1924 – New York, NY, USA, August 12, 2014) was an American actress known for her distinctive voice and sultry looks. She was named the 20th greatest female star of Classic Hollywood cinema by the American Film Institute, and received an Academy Honorary Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2009, “in recognition of her central place in the Golden Age of motion pictures.”

Bacall began her career as a model, before making her debut as a leading lady with Humphrey Bogart in the film To Have and Have Not in 1944. She continued in the film noir genre with appearances with Bogart in The Big Sleep (1946), Dark Passage (1947), and Key Largo (1948), and starred in the romantic comedies How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) with Marilyn Monroe and Designing Woman (1957) with Gregory Peck. She co-starred with John Wayne in his final film, The Shootist (1976). Bacall also worked on Broadway in musicals, earning Tony Awards for Applause (1970) and Woman of the Year (1981). Her performance in The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996) earned her a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination.

A month before her 90th birthday, Bacall died in New York City after a stroke.

Read more about Lauren Bacall on Wikipedia.

 

Major Awards and Honors

Academy Awards (USA)
  • 2009: Academy Honorary Award
American Film Institute (AFI)
  • 1999: 100 Years, 100 Stars: Top 25 Legends (female) – No. 20
  • 2005: 100 Years, 100 Movie Quotes – 34th: “You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.” (Marie ‘Slim’ Browning, “To Have and Have Not”)
Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • 1960: Star plaque
Golden Globe Awards
(Hollywood Foreign Press Association)
  • 1993: Cecil B. DeMille Award – for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment
  • 1997: Best Supporting Actress, Motion Picture – “The Mirror Has Two Faces”
Tony Awards (Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in Theatre) (USA)
  • 1970: Best Actress in a Musical – “Applause”
  • 1980: Best Actress in a Musical – “Woman of the Year”
National Board of Review Awards (USA)
  • 1994: Best Cast – “Prêt-à-Porter: Ready to Wear”
Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards (USA)
  • 1997: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role – “The Mirror Has Two Faces”
National Book Awards (USA)
  • 1980: Autobiography – “By Myself”
Sarah Siddons Society (Chicago, IL, USA)
  • 1972: Sarah Siddons Award
  • 1984: Sarah Siddons Award
Kennedy Center Honors (USA)
  • 1997: for lifetime of contributions to American culture
Harvard University Hasty Pudding Theatricals society
  • 1967: Woman of the Year Award
George Eastman Museum (Rochester, NY, USA)
  • 1990: George Eastman Award – for distinguished contribution to the art of film 
César Awards (France)
  • 1996: Honorary César
Berlinale (Berlin International Film Festival, Germany)
  • 1997: Berlinale Camera
San Sebastián International Film Festival (Spain)
  • 1992: Premio Donostia
    (Basque: Donostia Saria)
Stockholm International Film Festival (Sweden)
  • 2000: Lifetime Achievement Award
Norwegian International Film Festival
  • 2007: Lifetime Achievement Award

 

Bibliography

  • Lauren Bacall: By Myself (1978)
  • Now (1994)
  • By Myself and Then Some (2005)
    – Amplified re-edition of By Myself.

 

Filmography

Movies
  • To Have and Have Not (1944)
    – Role: Marie ‘Slim’ Browning
    – With Humphrey Bogart.
    – Also recorded the songs she sang in the film.
  • Confidential Agent (1945)
    – Role: Rose Cullen
  • Two Guys from Milwaukee (1946)
    – Role: Herself (uncredited cameo).
    – UK title: Royal Flush
  • The Big Sleep (1946)
    – Role: Vivian Sternwood Rutledge
    – With Humphrey Bogart.
  • Dark Passage (1947)
    – Role: Irene Jansen
    – With Humphrey Bogart.
  • Key Largo (1948)
    – Role: Nora Temple
    – With Humphrey Bogart.
  • Young Man with a Horn (1950)
    – Role: Amy North
  • Bright Leaf (1950)
    – Role: Sonia Kovac
  • How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)
    – Role: Schatze Page
  • Woman’s World (1954)
    – Role: Elizabeth Burns
  • The Cobweb (1955)
    – Role: Meg Faversen
  • Blood Alley (1955)
    – Role: Cathy Grainger
  • Written on the Wind (1956)
    – Role: Lucy Moore Hadley
  • Designing Women (1957)
    – Role: Marilla Brown Hagen
  • The Gift of Love (1958)
    – Role: Julia Beck
  • North West Frontier (1959)
    – Role: Catherine Wyatt
    – U.S. title: Flame Over India; Australian title: Empress of India.
  • Shock Treatment (1964)
    – Role: Dr. Edwina Beighley
  • Sex and the Single Girl (1964)
    – Role: Sylvia Broderick
  • Harper (1966)
    – Role: Elaine Sampson
    – UK title: The Moving Target
  • Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
    – Role: Mrs. Harriet Belinda Hubbard
  • The Shootist (1976)
    – Role: Bond Rogers
  • Health (1980)
    – Role: Esther Brill
  • The Fan (1981)
    – Role: Sally Ross
  • Appointment with Death (1988)
    – Role: Lady Westholme
  • Mr. North (1988)
    – Role: Mrs. Cranston
  • John Huston: The Man, the Movies, the Maverick (1988)
    – Role: Herself (Documentary)
  • The Tree of Hands (1989)
    – Role: Marsha Archdale
    – Aka: Innocent Victim
  • Misery (1990)
    – Role: Marcia Sindell
  • A Star for Two (1991)
    – Role: Unknown
  • All I Want for Christmas (1991)
    – Role: Lillian Brooks
  • The Portrait (1993)
    – Role: Fanny Church
  • Prêt-à-Porter (1994)
    – Role: – U.S. title: Ready to Wear
  • From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (1995)
    – Role: Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
  • The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996)
    – Role: Hannah Morgan
  • My Fellow Americans (1996)
    – Role: Margaret Kramer
  • Day and Night (1997)
    – Role: Sonia
  • Get Bruce (1999)
    – Role: Herself (Documentary)
  • Madeline: Lost in Paris (1999)
    – Role: Madame Lacroque (voice)
  • Diamonds (1999)
    – Role: Sin-Dee
  • The Venice Project (1999)
    – Role: Countess Camilla Volta
  • Presence of Mind (1999)
    – Role: Mado Remei
  • A Conversation with Gregory Peck (2000)
    – Role: Herself (Documentary)
  • Gone Dark (2003)
    – Role: May Markham
    – Aka: The Limit
  • Dogville (2003)
    – Role: Ma Ginger
  • Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)
    – Role: Witch of the Waste (voice)
  • Birth (2004)
    – Role: Eleanor
  • Amália Traïda (2004)
    – Role: TV Announcer
    – 10-minute short film.
  • Manderlay (2005)
    – Role: Mam
  • These Foolish Things (2006)
    – Role: Dame Lydia
  • The Walker (2007)
    – Role: Natalie Van Miter
  • Eve (2008)
    – Role: Grandma
    – 20-minute short film.
  • Scooby-Doo! and the Goblin King (2008)
    – Role: Grand Witch (voice)
  • Wide Blue Yonder (2010)
    – Role: May
  • Firedog (2010)
    – Role: Posche (voice)
  • Ernest & Celestine (2012)
    – Role: Grey One (voice)
  • The Forger (2012)
    – Role: Annemarie Sterling
    – Aka: Carmel-by-the-Sea
Television
  • What’s My Line? (1953)
    – Role: Mystery Guest / Herself, 3 episodes.
  • Light’s Diamond Jubilee< (1954)
    – Role: Herself (TV film documentary).
  • Producers’ Showcase (1956)
    – Role: Gabby Maple, episode The Petrified Forest
  • Ford Star Jubilee (1956)
    – Role: Elvira Condomine, episode Blithe Spirit
  • The DuPont Show of the Week (1963)
    – Role: Lorraine Boswell, episode A Dozen Deadly Roses
  • Dr. Kildare (1963)
    – Role: Virginia Herson, episode The Oracle
  • Mr. Broadway (1964)
    – Role: Barbara Lake, 2 episodes
  • Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1965)
    – Role: Amanda / Barbara, episode Double Jeopardy
  • Perfect Gentlemen (1978)
    – Role: Mrs. Lizzie Martin (TV movie).
  • Rockford Files (1979)
    – Role: Kendall Warren, episode Lions, Tigers, Monkeys and Dogs, part 1 & 2
  • Dinner at Eight (1989)
    – Role: Carlotta Vance (TV movie).
  • A Little Piece of Sunshine (1990)
    – Role: Beatrix Coltrane (TV movie).
  • A Foreign Field (1993)
    – Role: Lisa (TV movie; part of the fifth series of the BBC anthology Screen One).
  • The Parallax Garden (1993)
    – Role: Host
  • Chicago Hope (1998)
    – Role:
    Samara Visco Klein, 2 episodes.
  • Too Rich: The Secret Life of Doris Duke (1999)
    – Role: Doris Duke (elderly) (TV movie).
  • The Sopranos (2006)
    – Role: Herself, episode Luxury Lounge
  • Family Guy (2014)
    – Role: Evelyn (voice), episode Mom’s the Word

 

Notable Stage Appearances

  • Franklin Street (pre-Broadway tryout, 1940)
    – Role:Unnamed teenager
  • Johnny 2×4 (Longacre Theatre, New York, 1942)
    – Role: Ensemble / walk-on; credited as Betty Bacall.
  • Goodbye Charlie (Lyceum Theatre, New York, 1959-1960)
    – Role: Charlie
  • Cactus Flower (Royale Theatre and Longacre Theatre, New York, 1965-1968)
    – Role: Stephanie
  • Applause (Palace Theatre, New York, 1970 / Civic Auditorium, Chicago, 1971 / Her Majesty’s Theatre, London, 1972)
    – Role: Margo Channing
  • Wonderful Town (Touring Production, 1977)
    – Role: Ruth
  • V.I.P. Night on Broadway (Sam S. Shubert Theatre, New York, 1979)
    – Role: Herself (benefit concert)
  • Woman of the Year (Palace Theatre, New York, 1981)
    – Role: Tess Harding
  • Night of 100 Stars (Radio City Music Hall, New York, 1982)
    – Role: Herself
  • Sweet Bird of Youth (Theatre Royal, Bath & Theatre Royal, Plymouth, 1985 / Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, 1987)
    – Role: The Princess Kosmonopolis
  • The Players Club Centennial Salute (Sam S. Shubert Theatre, New York, 1989)
    – Role: Herself (benefit concert)
  • Angela Lansbury: A Celebration (Majestic Theatre, New York, 1996)
    – Role: Herself (benefit concert)
  • Waiting in the Wings (Walter Kerr Theatre & Eugene O’Neill Theatre, New York, 1999–2000)
    – Role: Lotta Bainbridge

 

A Selection of Quotes

By Myself, and Then Some

“Imagination is the highest kite that can fly.”

To Have and to Have Not

“If you want me, just whistle. You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.”

Find more quotes by Lauren Bacall on Wikiquote and Goodreads.

 

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