Hollywood legend Lauren Bacall dies aged 89

Bacall formed one of the most famous power couples of the Golden Age of Hollywood with husband Humphrey Bogart


Lauren Bacall, the husky-voiced icon of the Golden Age of Hollywood, has died at the age of 89.


Bacall is reported to have passed away following a stroke at her home in New York. Her death was confirmed in a post from the Twitter account of the estate of her former husband Humphrey Bogart:

“With deep sorrow, yet with great gratitude for her amazing life, we confirm the passing of Lauren Bacall.”

Bacall is perhaps best known for her sultry delivery of the lines “You know how to whistle don’t you? You just put your lips together and blow…” in her first movie To Have and Have Not (1944), on which she met future husband Humphrey Bogart, when she was just 19 and he was 44.

Bogart and Bacall were one of Tinseltown’s most influential power couples of the 1940s and 1950s, also starring together in films including Key Largo, Dark Passage and The Big Sleep, in which their real-life chemistry sizzled – and in which Bacall put to use her singing as well as acting talent.

After Bogart’s death in 1957, Bacall was involved in a relationship with Frank Sinatra before marrying actor Jason Robards in 1961. They divorced in 1969. During that time her acting career waned but in 1996 her performance in The Mirror Has Two Faces landed her a Golden Globe win and an Oscar nomination.


Bacall had two children with Bogart, Stephen and Leslie, and a son, Sam, with Robards.