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Lauren Bacall


Real name: Perske, Betty Joan
Nickname: Baby The Look
Birthdate: 16 September 1924, New York, New York, USA.
Height: 5' 8 1/2"

  • 'Jason Robards' (4 July 1961 - 10 September 1969) (divorced); 1 child
  • 'Humphrey Bogart' (21 May 1945 - 14 January 1957) (his death); 2 children
  • Her deep, sexy voice
    Today presence:
  • (1999): On December 16, Noel Coward's 100th birthday, she will open on Broadway in his comedy, "Waiting in the Wings."


    Lauren Bacall was born Betty Joan Perske on September 16, 1924 in New York City. Her parents were middle-class with her father working as a salesman and her mother as a secretary. They divorced when she was five. When she was a young sbackchool girl, Lauren originally wanted to be a dancer, but later became enthralled with acting so she switched gears to head into that field. She had studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, after high school, which enabled her to get her feet wet in some off-Broadway productions. Once out of school, Lauren entered modeling and, because of her beauty, appeared on the cover of Harper's Bazaar, one of the most popular magazines in the US. The wife of famed director, Howard Hawks spotted the picture in the publication and arranged with her husband to have Lauren take a screen test. As a result, which was entirely positive, she was given a part as Marie Browning in TO HAVE OR HAVE NOT (1944), a thriller opposite the great Humphrey Bogart, when she was just 19 years old. This not only set the tone for a fabulous career, but also one of Hollywood's greatest love stories. (She married him in 1945.) It was, also, the first of several Bogie-Bacall films. After 1945's CONFIDENTIAL AGENT, Lauren received second billing in THE BIG SLEEP (1946) with Bogart. The mystery, in the role of Vivian Sternwood Rutledge, would be a resounding success. Although she was making one film a year, each production would be eagerly awaited by the public. In 1947, again with her husband, Lauren starred in the thriller DARK PASSAGE. The film kept movie patrons on the edge of their seats. The following year she starred with Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, and Lionel Barrymore in KEY LARGO. The crime drama was even more of a nail biter than the previous film. In 1950, Lauren played in BRIGHT LEAF (1950), a drama set in 1894. It was a film of note because she appeared without her husband. Her co-star was Gary Cooper. In 1953, Lauren appeared in her first comedy as Schatze Page in HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE. The film, with co-stars Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable, was a smash hit all across the theaters of America. After filming DESIGNING WOMEN which was released in 1957, Humphrey Bogart died on January 14, 1957 from throat cancer. Devastated at being a widow, Lauren returned to the silver screen with THE GIFT OF LOVE in 1958 opposite Gregory Peck. The production turned out to be a big disappointment. Not undaunted, Lauren moved back to New York City and appeared in several Broadway plays to huge critical acclaim. She was enjoying playing before live audiences and the audiences in turn enjoyed her fine performances. Lauren was away from the big screen for five years returning in 1964 to appear in SHOCK TREATMENT and SEX AND THE SINGLE GIRL. The latter film was a comedy starring Henry Fonda and Tony Curtis. In 1966, Lauren starred in HARPER with Paul Newman and Julie Harris. It was one of Newman's signature films. Alternating her time between films and the stage, Lauren returned in 1974's MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS. The film, based on Agatha Christie's best selling book was a huge hit. It, also, garnered Ingrid Bergman her third Oscar. Actually, the huge star studded cast helped to ensure its success. Two years later, in 1976, Lauren co-starred with John Wayne in THE SHOOTIST. The film was to be Wayne's last. He died from cancer in 1979. In 1981, Lauren played an actress being stalked by a crazed admirer in THE FAN. The thriller was absolutely fascinating with Lauren in the lead role. After that production, Lauren was away from films, again, this time for seven years. In the interim, she again appeared on the stages of Broadway. When she returned, it was for the filming of 1988's MR. NORTH. After MISERY, in 1990, and several made for television films, Lauren appeared in 1996's MY FELLOW AMERICANS. It was a wonderful comedy romp with Jack Lemmon and James Garner as two ex-presidents and their escapades. Lauren's last public performance was in the TV mini-series "Too Rich: The Secret Life of Doris Duke". Currently she has completed two films scheduled for release in 1999, DIAMONDS and JOHNNY HIT AND RUN PAULINE. Both are in different phases of production.
    Author: Denny Jackson


    1955 Motion Picture Theatre Celebration (1955) (uncredited) [Herself]
    All I Want for Christmas (1991) [Lillian Brooks] <3>
    Applause (1973) (TV) [Margo Channing]
    Appointment with Death (1988) [Lady Westholme] <2>
    Big Sleep, The (1946) [Vivian Sternwood Rutledge] <2>
    Blithe Spirit (1955) (TV) [Elvira Condomine]
    Blood Alley (1955) [Cathy Grainger] <2>
    Bright Leaf (1950) [Sonia Kovac] <2>
    Casablanca 50th Anniversary Special: You Must Remember This (1992) (V) (voice) [Narrator] <1>
    Circus of the Stars #3 (1979) (TV) [Ringmaster] <1>
    Cobweb, The (1955) [Mrs. Meg Faversen Rinehart] <2>
    Confidential Agent (1945) [Rose Cullen] <2>
    Conversation with Gregory Peck, A (1999)Dark Passage (1947) [Irene Jansen] <2>
    Designing Woman (1957) [Marilla Hagen] <2>
    Diamonds (1999) [Sin-Dee, Prop. State of Nirvana] <4>
    Dinner at Eight (1989) (TV) [Carlotta Vance]
    Dogville (2003) [Ma Ginger] <9>
    Fan, The (1981) [Sally Ross] <1>
    Foreign Field, A (1993) [Lisa] <6>
    From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (1995) (TV) [Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler] <1>
    Gift of Love, The (1958) [Julie Beck] <1>
    Greta Garbo: A Lone Star (2001) (TV) (voice) [Narrator] <1>
    H.E.A.L.T.H. (1979) [Esther Brill] <4>
    Harper (1966) [Elaine Sampson] <2>
    How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) [Schatze Page] <3>
    John Huston: The Man, the Movies, the Maverick (1988) [Herself]
    Jour et la nuit, Le (1997) [Sonia] <2>
    Key Largo (1948) [Nora Temple] <3>
    Light's Diamond Jubilee (1954) (TV)Line King: Al Hirschfeld, The (1996) [Herself]
    Little Piece of Sunshine, A (1990) (TV) [Beatrix Coltrane] <5>
    Madeline: Lost in Paris (1999) (voice) [Madame Lacroque] <1>
    Man Who Had Everything, The (1998) (TV) (voice) (also archive footage) [Narrator] <3>
    Marilyn Monroe: The Final Days (2001) (TV) (archive footage) (uncredited) [Herself, Visitor on Set]
    Mirror Has Two Faces, The (1996) [Hannah Morgan] <3>
    Misery (1990) [Marcia Sindell, Paul Sheldon's Publicist] <5>
    Mr. North (1988) [Mrs. Cranston] <3>
    Murder on the Orient Express (1974) [Harriet Belinda Grunvald Hubbard] <2>
    My Fellow Americans (1996) [Margaret Kramer] <6>
    North West Frontier (1959) [Catherine Wyatt] <2>
    Parallax Garden, The (1993) (TV)Perfect Gentlemen (1978) (TV) [Mrs. Lizzie Martin] <1>
    Portrait, The (1993) (TV) [Fanny Church] <2>
    Presence of Mind (1999) [Mado Remei] <2>
    Pręt-ŕ-Porter (1994) [Slim Chrysler] <20>
    Salute to John Huston, A (1983) (TV) [Hostess]
    Sex and the Single Girl (1964) [Sylvia Broderick] <1>
    Shock Treatment (1964) [Dr. Edwina Beighley] <4>
    Shootist, The (1976) [Bond Rogers] <2>
    Star for Two, A (1991)To Have and Have Not (1944) [Slim (Marie Browning)] <3>
    Tree of Hands (1990) [Marsha Archdale] <2>
    Two Guys from Milwaukee (1946) (uncredited) [Herself]
    Venice Project, The (1999) [Countess Camilla Volta] <1>
    Woman's World (1954/I) [Elizabeth Burns] <4>
    Written on the Wind (1956) [Lucy Moore Hadley] <2>
    Young Man with a Horn (1950) [Amy North] <2>
    "Cold War" (1998) (mini) (archive footage) (uncredited) [Herself (concerned about HUAC hearings)]
    "Fifties, The" (1997) (mini) (archive footage) (uncredited) [Herself (concerned about HUAC)]
    "Too Rich: The Secret Life of Doris Duke" (1999) (mini) [Doris Duke (elderly)] <1>

    Guest apperance(s)

  • '"So Graham Norton" (1998)' , as Herself (episode 4.2 (11/10/2000)')
  • '"Chicago Hope" (1994)' , as Samara Visco Klein (episode 4.23 'Absent Without Leave (5/6/1998)')
  • '"Chicago Hope" (1994)' , as Samara Visco Klein (episode 4.22 'Risky Business (4/29/1998)')
  • '"Inside the Actors Studio" (1994)' , as [unknown]
  • '"Full Wax, The" (1991)' , as Herself (episode 2.1 (1992)')
  • '"Rockford Files, The" (1974)' , as Kendall Warren (episode 6.2-6.3 'Lions, Tigers, Monkeys and Dogs (10/12/1979)')
  • '"Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre" (1963)' , as [unknown] (episode 'Double Jeopardy (1/8/1965)')
  • '"Mr. Broadway" (1964)' , as [unknown] (episode 1.11 'Something to Sing About (12/19/1964)')
  • '"Celebrity Game, The" (1964)' , as Guest Panelist
  • '"Dr. Kildare" (1961)' , as Virginia Herson (episode 3.13 'Oracle, The (12/19/1963)')
  • '"Ford Star Jubilee" (1955)' , as [unknown] (episode 'Blithe Spirit (1/14/1956)')
  • '"Producers' Showcase" (1954)' , as Gaby (episode 'Petrified Forest, The (5/30/1955)')


  • (1995) Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#6).
  • Ranked #20 in the AFI's top 25 Actress Legends.
  • She has a daughter and a son from her marriage to 'Humphrey Bogart' : Leslie and Stephen.
  • (October 1997) Ranked #11 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list.
  • Mother of actor 'Sam Robards' .
  • (1997) Chosen by "People" magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World.
  • Bacall was staying in the same New York apartment building as Beatle 'John Lennon' when he was shot (and later died on 8th December in the Roosevelt Hospital) in 1980. When interviewed on the subject in a recent UK TV programme hosted by former model Twiggy, Bacall said she had heard the gunshot but assumed that it was a car tire bursting or a vehicle backfiring.
  • Was crowned "Miss Greenwich Village" in 1942.
  • Used her mother's maiden name of Bacal, but added an extra "L" when she entered the cinema.
  • Hobby is collecting beer mugs.
  • Shortly after Bogart's death, Miss Bacall announced her engagement to 'Frank Sinatra' to the press. Mr. Sinatra promptly backed out.
  • Her screen personna was totally based and modeled after 'Howard Hawks' 's wife, Slim. She even uses her name in "To Have and Have Not."
  • She and former Israeli Prime Minister 'Shimon Peres' (currently the foreign minister) are cousins. Both have the same original last name -- Perske.
  • Those close to her call her by her real first name, "Betty".


  • "She's a real Joe. You'll fall in love with her like everybody else." - 'Humphrey Bogart'
  • "I never believed marriage was a lasting institution... I thought that to be married for five years was to be married forever."
  • "They will be able to hold the Widow Bogart's wake in a telephone booth." Frank Sinatra

    Book(s) Biography

  • "Lauren Bacall: By Myself" By Lauren Bacall, Alfred A. Knopf, 1978, Ballantine Books, 1980, isbn 0345260406
  • Bacall, Lauren. "Jag sjaelv". Hoeganaes: Bra Boecker 1979
  • Bacall, Lauren. Now (Knopf, 1994)
  • Royce, Brendan Scott. Lauren Bacall: a bio-bibliography (Greenwood Press, 1992)

    Others film(s) apperance

  • 'Bogie (1980) (TV)'


  • "Diário de Notícias" (Portugal), 1997, Iss. 46691, pg. 38, by: Al Weisel
  • "Dagens Nyheter" (Sweden), 15 December 1996, by: Birgit Munkhammar
  • "Cinema" (Hungary), May 1996, Iss. 54, pg. 32, by: Scott Orlin, "A modellek nem helyettesíthetik a sztárokat"
  • "Studio" (France), 1996, Iss. 118, pg. 38, by: Michel Rebichon


  • "Newsweek" (USA), 28 June 1999, pg. 50, by: Lauren Bacall, "A Fine Romance"
  • "Empire" (UK), October 1997, Iss. 100, pg. 189, by: Ian Freer and Jake Hamilton, "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time"
  • "TV Guia" (Portugal), 1997, Iss. 946, pg. 88-89
  • "TV Filmes" (Portugal), 1997, Iss. 13, pg. 34, by: Bernardo de Brito e Cunha

    Cover photo(s)

  • "Look" (USA), 30 June 1953
  • "Novella" (Italy), 2 March 1947
  • "Life" (USA), 16 October 1944
  • "Harpers Bazaar" (USA), 1943

    Other work(s)

  • Provides voice-overs for Carnival Cruise Lines television
  • (1942-1943) Fashion model for Harper's Bazaar magazine; March 1943 cover
  • (1965) Broadway play "Cactus Flower"
  • (1970) Broadway play "Applause" (Tony Award)
  • (1981) Broadway play "Woman of the Year" (Tony Award)
  • (1985) London play "Sweet Bird of Youth"
  • TV commercial for Arby's (1998)
  • Provided the voiceover narration for TV commercials for Fancy Feast cat food in the 1990s.