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Legendary `femme fatale` actress Lauren Bacall dies at 89

Legendary `femme fatale` actress Lauren Bacall dies at 89

Posted August. 14, 2014 03:25,   


"Anybody got a match?"

It is one of her most famous lines. Actress Lauren Bacall, whose smoking scenes were alluring, died Tuesday (local time). She was 89.

In 1999, Bacall ranked 20th on the American Film Institute (AFI) list of the top 25 actress legends in the U.S. film history. In 2002, she was the ninth on Britain`s Sunday Express list of 300 most beautiful women in the world.

After debuting as a model at age 17 in 1942, she caught director Howard Hawks` eyes and made her film debut in his "To Have and Have Not" (1942). She tied the knot with her co-star Humphrey Bogart, who was 25 years older, in 1945. The couple co-starred in "The Big Sleep" (1946), "Dark Passage" (1947) and "Key Largo" (1948).

Boasting a 174-centimeter-long slim body, captivating eyes and a husky voice, she was synonymous with a "femme fatale" in the 1940s noir films. Many people abused their vocal cords while trying to imitate the couple`s husky voices to the extent that the disorder was called the "Bogart–Bacall syndrome."

After Bogart died of cancer in 1957, she focused on her Broadway stage career, capturing two Tony Awards. She got married to Jason Robards in 1961 before they divorced in 1969. Then she returned to Hollywood to star in some 40 movies including "Murder on the Orient Express" (1974), "Misery" (1990) and "Ready to Wear" (1994). She received her first and only Oscar nomination for her supporting role in "The Mirror Has Two Faces" (1996). She was the recipient of an honorary Academy Award in 2009 in recognition of her central place in the Golden Age of motion pictures.