Lauren Bacall died

August 12, 2014 • 6:17 pm

From my CNN newsfeed:

Actress Lauren Bacall has died, an official from the estate of her late husband, Humphrey Bogart, tells CNN. She was 89.

The husky-voiced Hollywood icon made five films with Bogart, including “To Have and Have Not” and “The Big Sleep.” She went on to receive two Tony Awards and an honorary Oscar.

And from the Los Angeles Times:

Her death was confirmed by Robbert de Klerk, the co-managing partner of the Humphrey Bogart Estate with her son Stephen Bogart.

“She passed away peacefully earlier today in New York,” according to family, de Klerk said.

She’s another one of those halcyon-days-of-Hollywood actors who simply seemed immortal, so this is a surprise. Bacall—dead? I met her once (a friend had a bit part in one of her plays), but of course this is the Bacall we remember:

If ever a woman could be described as “feline,” it was her. 

17 thoughts on “Lauren Bacall died

  1. One of the best of her generation! I was a fan first time I saw her (and that was a long time ago– in the 1950s!)

      1. Hmmm, one wonders to oneself how long it would take, given the discovery of immortality (or greatly increased life durations ; definition needed), for the song line about “the living outnumbering the dead to become true.
        It would be the difference between two exponential curves, which initially have different half-life constants. But then again, that describes most of demographics. I shall try to not think about it while driving on the wrong (right) side of the road.

          1. Caution is an effective substitute for invulnerability.
            Which still doesn’t explain why I ain’t dead yet. Playing nip’n’tuck with hypothermia this PM.

  2. Of the many beautiful actresses, some look “of their time” and others seem to transcend their time.

    Bacall is one of the latter. Her beauty
    has always seemed “still modern” to me, decade after decade. In other words, she remains so damned hawt!

    1. He really took a beating for that one yesterday, didn’t he! Making it look like you’re mocking heartfelt grief is not the best way to win friends and influence people. Ironic that he was going after Dawkins for the “different shades of rape” comments.

    2. Though Bacall was wealthy and white, she was a woman so Myers probably would go a bit easier on our being able to mourn her passing than the way more tragic one of Robin Williams’.

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