Legendary stage and film actress Lauren Bacall, best known for roles in films like To Have and Have Not and The Big Sleep, has died at the age of 89.
Bacall suffered a massive stroke Tuesday morning at her home in Manhattan, a family member told TMZ, which was first to report the news. The Humphrey Bogart estate then confirmed the news with a tweet: "With deep sorrow, yet with great gratitude for her amazing life, we confirm the passing of Lauren Bacall."
Known for her husky voice and her May-December romance with actor Humphrey Bogart, Bacall was born Betty Joan Perske in the Bronx. She made her acting debut as a walk-on in a Broadway performance of Johnny 2x4 at the age of 17, but it was her performance opposite Bogart in To Have and Have Not two years later in 1944 that saw her emerge as a Hollywood leading lady.
In her 1979 biography Lauren Bacall By Myself, the actress chronicled her quick rise to fame at the age of 19 after being spotted on the cover of a fashion magazine in 1943 by the wife of director Howard Hawks, who then cast her opposite Bogey in the film.
Her 11-year marriage to Bogart—the two married in 1945 at Malabar Farm in Ohio when she was 20 and he was 45— was cut short when he died at the age of 57 in 1957, but many of her most popular films, including The Big Sleep, Dark Passage, and Key Largo were opposite him. After his death, Bacall married Oscar winner Jason Robards in 1961 until their divorce in 1969.
In 1996, Bacall received her only Oscar nomination for her performance as Barbra Steisand's mother in The Mirror Has Two Faces. She was, however, awarded an honorary Academy Award in 2009 "in recognition of her central place in the Golden Age of motion pictures." In 1982 she was awarded the Cecil B. DeMille Award for Career Achievement from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
In addition to film, Bacall was a talented stage performer, earning two Tony Awards for her performances in Applause (1970) and Woman of the Year(1981).
Bacall is survived by her three children, Stephen Bogart, Leslie Bogart, and Sam Robards.