Lauren Bacall

Born Sep 16, 1924

Lauren Bacall is an American film and stage actress and model, known for her distinctive husky voice and sultry looks. She first emerged as leading lady in the Humphrey Bogart film To Have And Have Not and continued on in the film noir genre, with appearances in Bogart movies The Big Sleep (1946), Dark Passage (1947), and Key Largo (1948), as well as a comedienne in How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) with Marilyn Monroe and Designing Woman (1957) with Gregory Peck.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Lauren Bacall.


1924 Birth Bacall was born Betty Joan Perske on September 16, 1924, in The Bronx, New York, the only child of Natalie, née Weinstein-Bacal (1901 - 1977), a secretary who later legally changed her surname to Bacall, and William Perske, who worked in sales. … Read More


1941 16 Years Old In 1941 Bacall took lessons at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where she was classmates with Kirk Douglas, while working as a theatre usher at the St. James Theatre and fashion model.
1942 17 Years Old 1 More Event
She made her acting debut on Broadway in 1942, at age 17, as a walk-on in Johnny 2 X 4.
1943 18 Years Old He then turned over his find to Vreeland, who arranged for Louise Dahl-Wolfe to shoot Bacall in Kodachrome for the March 1943 cover. … Read More
1944 19 Years Old Bacall began her career as a model, before making her debut as a leading lady with Humphrey Bogart in the film To Have and Have Not in 1944. … Read More


1945 20 Years Old 1 More Event
Warner Bros. launched an extensive marketing campaign to promote the picture and to establish Bacall as a movie star. As part of the public relations push, Bacall made a visit to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on February 10, 1945. … Read More
1948 - 1951 2 More Events
1952 27 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1952, she gave campaign speeches for Democratic Presidential contender Adlai Stevenson. … Read More
1953 28 Years Old In 1953 she starred in the CinemaScope comedy How to Marry a Millionaire, a runaway hit among critics and at the box office. … Read More


1955 30 Years Old 1 More Event
In the late 1990s, Bacall donated the only known kinescope of the 1955 performance to The Museum Of Television & Radio (now the Paley Center for Media), where it remains archived for viewing in New York City and Los Angeles.
1957 32 Years Old 1 More Event
While struggling at home with Bogart's battle with esophageal cancer, Bacall starred with Gregory Peck in Designing Woman to solid reviews. The musical comedy was her second feature with director Vincente Minnelli and was released in New York on May 16, 1957, four months after Bogart's death on January 14. … Read More
1959 - 1961 2 More Events
1964 39 Years Old In 1964 she appeared in two episodes of Craig Stevens's Mr. Broadway: first in "Take a Walk Through a Cemetery", with then husband, Jason Robards, Jr., and later as Barbara Lake in the episode "Something to Sing About", co-starring future co-star Balsam.


1972 47 Years Old For her work in the Chicago theatre, Bacall won the Sarah Siddons Award in 1972, and again in 1984.


1976 51 Years Old In 1976 she co-starred with John Wayne in his last picture, The Shootist. … Read More


1990 - 1996 2 More Events
1997 72 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1997 Bacall was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her role in The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996), her first nomination after a career span of more than fifty years. … Read More
1999 74 Years Old In 1999 Bacall starred on Broadway in a revival of Noël Coward's Waiting in the Wings. … Read More
In March 2006, Bacall was seen at the 78th Annual Academy Awards introducing a film montage dedicated to film noir.
2007 82 Years Old She gave an address at the memorial service of Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. at the Reform Club in London in June 2007.
2009 84 Years Old She finished her role in The Forger in 2009. … Read More
2013 88 Years Old In July 2013, Bacall expressed interest in taking the starring role in the film Trouble Is My Business. … Read More
Her final role was in 2014: a guest vocal appearance in the twelfth season Family Guy episode "Mom's the Word".
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