Lauren Bacall's Biography
Lauren Bacall was born Betty Joan Perske on September 16, 1924 in New York City. Her parents were middle-class with her father working as a salesman and her mother as a secretary. They divorced when she was five, and grew up with her Uncle and her mom. Her mother then went back to her maiden name and changed Betty's last name as well to "Bacall."
Lauren originally wanted to be a dancer, but later became enthralled with acting so she switched gears. She had studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, after high school, which enabled her to get her feet wet in some off-Broadway productions. Once out of school, Lauren entered modeling. She would fashion outfits at stores. Her big break came when she appeared on the cover of Harper's Bazaar, one of the most popular magazines in the US. The wife of famed director, Howard Hawks spotted the picture in the publication and arranged with her husband to have Lauren take a screen test. As a result, which was entirely positive, she was given a part as Marie Browning in TO HAVE OR HAVE NOT (1944), a thriller opposite the great Humphrey Bogart, when she was just 19 years old.
This not only set the tone for a fabulous career, but also one of Hollywood's greatest love stories.
(She married Bogart in 1945.) It was, also, the first of several Bogie-Bacall films. They had two kids together a boy and a girl. And where married to his death January 14, 1957 from throat cancer. :-(
Later she had a brief affair with Frank Sinatra. But later married the then famous broadway actor Jason Robards ("Philadelphia," "Max Dugan Returns," and "Julia") When she moved back to New York City and appeared in several Broadway plays to huge critical acclaim. Jason and her were married in 1961 and divorced in 1969, due to his drinking problem. Together she had another son, Sam Robards, who is also an actor.
She was enjoying playing before live audiences and the audiences in turn enjoyed her fine performances. Lauren was away from the big screen for five years returning in 1964 to appear in SHOCK TREATMENT and SEX AND THE SINGLE GIRL. The latter film was a comedy starring Henry Fonda and Tony Curtis. In 1966, Lauren starred in HARPER with Paul Newman and Julie Harris. It was one of Newman's signature films. Alternating her time between films and the stage, Lauren returned in 1974's MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS. The film, based on Agatha Christie's best selling book was a huge hit. It, also, garnered Ingrid Bergman her third Oscar. In 1981, Lauren played an actress being stalked by a crazed admirer in THE FAN. The thriller was absolutely fascinating with Lauren in the lead role. After that production, Lauren was away from films, again, this time for seven years. After MISERY, in 1990, and several made for television films,
Bacall then appeared in "The Mirror Has Two Faces," with Barbara Striesand. In this 1997 film she was nominated for the Best Actress Oscar. She did win the Golden Globe, and the Screen Actors Guild Award!!! yea!
"I never believed marriage was a lasting institution... I thought that to be married for five years was to be married forever."
"I figure if I have my health, can pay the rent and I have my friends, I call it 'content'." --Lauren Bacall
"Imagination is the highest kite that can fly."
"She's a real Joe. You'll fall in love with her like everybody else." - Humphrey Bogart
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