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Lauren Bacall (born Betty Jean Perske on September 16, 1924) is an American veteran film and stage actress and model, known for her distinctive husky voice and sultry looks. Her name is often mentioned mentioned in the same breath as some legendary Hollywood actresses as Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell, Bette Davis, and Joan Crawford, and over the course of her long and venerable career, has been recognized as one amongst the most talented actresses in motion picture history.
Lauren Bacall Early life and career
Lauren was born the only child of Natalie Weinstein-Bacal, a secretary who later legally changed her surname to Bacall, and William Perske, who worked in sales. Her parents were Jewish immigrants, their families having come from Poland, Romania and Germany. She is first also the cousin of Shimon Peres, current President and former Prime Minister of Israel. Born and raised in New York City, Young Betty Jean's parents divorced when she was five, and she took her mother's last name, Bacall. After her parents divorce, Bacall seldom ever saw her father, and formed a close bond with her mother, whom she took with her to California after she became a movie star.
Lauren studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. She worked as a model and appeared off-Broadway, during which she changed her name to "Betty Bacall". Bacall became a part-time fashion model. Nancy Hawks, the wife of legendary Hollywood director Howard Hawks, spotted her on the March 1943 cover of Harper's Bazaar magazine, and then urged Hawks to have her take a screen test for To Have and Have Not. Hawks invited her to Hollywood for the audition. He signed her up to a seven-year personal contract, brought her to Hollywood, gave her $100 a week, and began to manage her career. Hawks rechristened her, giving her the stage name of "Lauren Bacall".
Lauren Bacall Career including works with Humphrey Bogart
Lauren was barely 20 when she starred in her first film, To Have and Have Not (1944) with Humphrey Bogart, whom she married soon after. Bacall reportedly practiced for months to get her voice at that low, dusky pitch for the role. It became her trademark, and eventually became her day-in day-out voice. Her other films with Bogart include The Big Sleep (1946), Dark Passage (1947), and Key Largo (1948). Memorable later career titles among her many, many other movies include How To Marry a Millionaire (1953) with Monroe and Russell, Harper (1966) with Paul Newman, The Shootist (1976) with John Wayne (in what was Wayne's last film role), and the blockbuster crime drama/action flick Murder on the Orient Express (1974) with Sean Connery.
Lauren Bacall Relationship with Bogart
On May 21, 1945, Bacall married Bogart. Their wedding and honeymoon took place at Malabar Farm in Lucas, Ohio. It was the country home of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Louis Bromfield, a close friend of Bogart. The wedding was held in the Big House. Bacall was only 20 and Bogart was 45. They remained together, until Bogart's death from esophageal cancer in 1957, with Lauren caretaking after him, after he began to fail in health, showing signs of the illness in 1955.
Bogart usually called Laurenl "Baby," even when referring to her in conversations with other people. During the filming of The African Queen (1951), Bacall and Bogart became close friends of Bogart's co-star Katharine Hepburn and her partner Spencer Tracy.
Bogart and Bacall both suffered from a mild vocal disorder that has been named for them, Bogart-Bacall Syndrome. BBS is now the medical term for an ongoing hoarseness that often afflicts actors, singers or TV/radio voice workers who routinely speak in a very low pitch. She and Bogart had two children together, son Stephen Humphrey Bogart (born January 6, 1949), a news producer, documentary film maker and author; and her daughter Leslie Bogart (born August 23, 1952), a yoga instructor.
Lauren Bacall Marriage to Jason Robards
Lauren was married to actor Jason Robards from 1961 to 1969. According to her autobiography, she divorced Robards mainly because of his alcoholism. Sam Robards (born December 16, 1961), her son with Robards, is also an actor.
Lauren Bacall Present life and career
Bacall is currently the spokesperson for the Tuesday Morning discount store chain. Commercials show her in a limousine waiting for the store to open at the beginning of one of their sales events. She is currently producing a jewelry line with the company, Weinman Brothers. She currently resides in Southern California.