Lauren Bacall passed away today in New York at the age of 89, after a career that spanned seven decades.
After the death of Robin Williams yesterday, another acting legend, Lauren Bacall has died. Known for her smoky voice and sultry looks, Lauren was one of the remaining stars of the golden age of Hollywood.
She became a bit of a gay icon, winning legions of fans, with her films, How To Marry A Millionaire (opposite Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable), Written On The Wind as Rock Hudson’s muse and the mother of Barbra Streisand’s character in the 1996 film, The Mirror Has Two Faces. That film earned the actress a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination.
She also lent her reputation to High Point coffee in the late 70s and early 80s – which resulted in these ultra campy commercials.
In pop cultural references, Bacall was also name checked in Madonna’s Vogue, which listed many Golden Age of Hollywood stars.
She was known as deeply liberal and anti-Republican. In an interview with Larry King in 2005 she said, ‘being a liberal is the best thing on earth you can be. You are welcoming to everyone when you’re a liberal. You do not have a small mind.’
She reportedly died after a major stroke in her New York home.