Actress Lauren Bacall dies at 89

(NBC NEWS) – She delivered one of the most memorable movie lines ever. “You know how to whistle now don’t you Steve. You just put your lips together and blow.”

Lauren Bacall to Humprhey Bogart in 1944’s “To have and have not.” Just 19 years old, it was her first film opposite a movie icon who, a year later, would become her husband. Bacall would refer to Bogart as “my great love” for the rest of her life.

“I was so lucky to have had him, to have had that life and that romance. Everything that happened to me at once at the age of 19,” said Bacall.

Lauren BacalTheir marriage led to three more movie collaborations before his death in 1957; “The Big Sleep”, “Dark Passage”, and “Key Largo”. Each one showcasing Bacall’s smoky voice and sultry looks.

She was born Betty Joan Perske on September 16, 1924, in New York City.  Bacall’s meteoric rise to Hollywood stardom led to more than 30 films in a career spanning more than 60 years.

In 1953, Bacall starred with Marilyn Monroe in “How to Marry a Millionaire”. Other roles had her opposite some of Hollywood’s greatest leading men.

Bacall was also at home on the stage, “Applause” brought her a Tony Award in 1970, .she won another in 1981 for “Woman of the Year”.

On film, her 1996 performance in “The Mirror has Two Faces” earned a Golden Globe Award, and the first and only Academy Award nomination of Bacall’s career, Best Supporting Actress. An honorary academy award came her way in 2009.

It was an accolade that came late in life, but served as a testament to a Lauren Bacall’s role in Hollywood’s golden age.

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