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Lauren Bacall
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Lauren Bacall

Lauren Bacall (born September 16, 1924) is an American film and stage actress.

Born in New York, New York as Betty Joan Perske, Bacall studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and made her acting debut on Broadway in 1942. She made her film debut in 1944.

Bacall was married to Humphrey Bogart from 1945 until his death in 1957, and to Jason Robards from 1961 until their divorce in 1969. She is the mother of two sons, news producer Stephen Bogart and actor Sam Robards, and one daughter Leslie Bogart, who became a nurse.

Bacall's first motion picture was To Have and Have Not (1944), in which she appeared with Humphrey Bogart. She also starred with Bogart in The Big Sleep (1946), Dark Passage (1947), and Key Largo (1948).

Some of her other films include: How to Marry a Millionaire (1953), Written on the Wind (1956), Harper (1966), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), The Shootist (1976), and Diamonds (1999). She was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her role in The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996).

Bacall's Broadway stage roles have included Goodbye, Charley in 1959, Cactus Flower in 1965, Applause in 1970 and Woman of the Year in 1981.

Lauren Bacall has written two autobiographies, Lauren Bacall By Myself (1978) and Now (1994).

She coined the phrase Rat Pack.

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