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Lauren Bacall, Classic Hollywood Star, Dies at 89

Photo of Shipra Gupta By Shipra Gupta | Indiewire August 12, 2014 at 8:46PM

Bacall inspired generations of women with her sexy, femme fatale persona.
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Lauren Bacall Dark Passage

Actress Lauren Bacall died at her home today after suffering a massive stroke.

Bacall catapulted to fame at the tender age of 19 -- after starring opposite Humphrey Bogart in the 1944 film noir "To Have and Have Not." For the remainder of the decade, she continued to work in noir, playing the femme fatale in "The Big Sleep," "Dark Passage" and "Key Largo."

During the '50s, Bacall shifted away from noir -- starring alongside Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable in the 1953 comedy "How to Marry a Millionaire," as well as the 1956 Douglas Sirk melodrama "Written on the Wind."

Besides her robust list of screen credits, Bacall also made multiple appearances on Broadway -- most notably in "Applause" and "Woman of the Year," for which she received the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical both times.

Bacall's last screen credit was the voice of Evelyn in a 2014 episode of "Family Guy." In recent years, the actress made several appearances in independent features, including art forgery drama "The Forger" and Paul Schrader’s "The Walker." Bacall also memorably played herself in a 2006 episode of "The Sopranos," a cameo which featured her taking a punch in the face from Christopher (Michael Imperioli). 

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