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Lauren Bacall, Legend Of Stage And Screen Dies At 89

NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess) — Lauren Bacall, the sultry screen legend from Hollywood's golden age died of a stroke in New York on Tuesday. She was 89 at the time of her passing.

"With deep sorrow, yet with great gratitude for her amazing life, we confirm the passing of Lauren Bacall," a spokesman from the estate of the Bogart family said on their verified Twitter account.

Born in New York as Betty Joan Perske, Bacall is perhaps best known for her work in films, discovered as a teenager after appearing on the cover of Harper's Bazaar.

Bacall appeared in films such as "To Have and Have Not" (1944), "The Big Sleep" (1946), and "Key Largo" (1948), with leading man Humphrey Bogart, who she later married until his death in 1957.

Bacall also performed extensively on stage, telling Vanity Fair in 2011 that: "I finally felt that I came into my own when I went on the stage." Her Broadway hits included "Cactus Flower" (1966), "Applause" (1970) and the long running "Woman of the Year" (1981).

In her later years, Bacall also enjoyed a renaissance on screen, appearing in dramas such as Lars Von Trier's "Dogville" (2003) and "The Mirror Has Two Faces" (1996) for which she received and Oscar nod for best supporting actress.

She also published two memoirs, "Lauren Bacall by Myself" in 1979 and "By Myself and Then Some" in 1996.

In 2009, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented Bacall with an honorary Oscar "in recognition of her central place in the Golden Age of motion pictures."

She is survived by her children, two sons and a daughter. – Staff Writers