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Lauren Bacall

Lauren Bacall was born Betty Joan Perske on September 16, 1924, in New York City. She is the daughter of Natalie Weinstein-Bacal, a Romanian Jewish immigrant, and William Perske, who was born in New Jersey, to Eastern European Jewish parents. Her family was 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 school girl, Lauren originally wanted to be a dancer, but later, she 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. Bacall is known for her distinctive husky voice and sultry looks. She first emerged as leading lady in the film-noir genre, including appearances in The Big Sleep (1946) and Dark Passage (1947), as well as a comedienne in How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) and Designing Woman (1957). Bacall has also worked in the Broadway musical, gaining Tony Awards for Applause in 1970 and Woman of the Year in 1981. Her performance in the movie The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996) earned her a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination. In 1999, Bacall was ranked #20 of the 25 actresses on the AFI's 100 Years... 100 Stars list by the American Film Institute. In 2009, she was selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to receive an Academy Honorary Award at the inaugural Governors Awards.

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Sep 16, 1924 In New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Another Thin Man 1939-01-01
Latest Project:
Series You Are a Gift 2016-06-13
Known For
Poster of Birth
Poster of Ready to Wear
Poster of Carter Country
Poster of Murder on the Orient Express
Series You Are a Gift Herself 2016-06-13
Movie Classic Movie Bloopers: Uncensored Herself (archive footage) 2013-01-29
Movie Ernest & Celestine The Grey One (voice) 2012-12-12
Movie The Forger Anne-Marie 2011-03-09
Movie Embracing Chaos: Making the African Queen Herself (archive footage) 2010-01-01
Movie Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff Himself - Interviewee 2010-05-05
Movie Vengeance Lorraine Boswell 2009-05-20
Movie Eve Grandma 2008-08-27
Movie The Walker Natalie Van Miter 2007-02-13
Series Tin Man Bond Rogers 2007-12-02
Movie These Foolish Things Dame Lydia 2006-03-10
Movie Manderlay Mam 2005-05-16
Series Pinoy Big Brother: Si kuya, kabarkada mo Sin-Dee 2005-08-21
Movie The Limit May Markham 2004-12-28
Movie Judy Garland: By Myself Herself 2004-02-25
Movie Birth Eleanor 2004-09-08
Movie Dogville Confessions Herself 2004-06-27
Movie Howl's Moving Castle Witch of the Waste (voice) 2004-11-19
Movie Broadway's Lost Treasures II Host 2004-10-26
Movie Dogville Ma Ginger 2003-05-19
Movie Presence of Mind Mado Remei 2001-04-20
Movie Too Rich: The Secret Life of Doris Duke Doris Duke (elderly) 1999-02-22
Series The Sopranos Unknown 1999-01-10
Movie A Conversation with Gregory Peck 1999-10-14
Movie Madeline: Lost in Paris 1999-08-20
Series The Early Show Unknown 1999-11-01
Movie UFC 17: Redemption Unknown 1998-05-15
Movie Day and Night Sonia 1997-02-12
Movie Bogart: The Untold Story Herself 1997-01-05
Series The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Movie The Mirror Has Two Faces Hannah Morgan 1996-11-15
Movie My Fellow Americans Margaret Kramer 1996-12-20
Movie From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler Mrs. Basil E. Frankkweiler 1995-06-06
Series Inside the Actors Studio Unknown 1994-06-01
Series Intimate Portrait Unknown 1994-01-03
Series Chicago Hope Unknown 1994-09-18
Movie Ready to Wear Slim Chrysler 1994-12-23
Movie The Portrait Fanny Church 1993-02-13
Movie La classe américaine Christelle 1993-12-30
Movie You Must Remember This: A Tribute to 'Casablanca' Narrator 1992-01-01
Series Sjans Lisa 1992-02-12
Movie A Star for Two 1991-08-10
Movie All I Want for Christmas Lillian Brooks 1991-11-08
Movie Misery Marcia Sindell 1990-11-30
Movie John Huston: The Man, the Movies, the Maverick Herself 1989-01-01
Series Screen One Unknown 1989-09-10
Movie Dinner at Eight Carlotta Vance 1989-12-11
Movie Bacall on Bogart Herself 1988-03-13
Movie Mr. North Mrs. Cranston 1988-07-22
Movie Appointment with Death Lady Westholme 1988-04-15
Movie Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage Herself (archive footage) 1983-02-25
Movie The Fan Sally Ross 1981-05-15
Movie HealtH Esther Brill 1980-09-12
Series The Kennedy Center Honors Unknown 1978-12-28
Series Carter Country Schatze Page 1977-09-15
Movie Murder on the Orient Express Mrs. Harriet Belinda Hubbard 1974-11-24
Movie Applause Margo Channing 1973-03-15
Series ABC Stage 67 Unknown 1966-09-14
Movie Harper Mrs. Sampson 1966-02-23
Movie Shock Treatment Dr. Edwina Beighley 1964-07-22
Movie Sex and the Single Girl Sylvia Broderick 1964-12-25
Movie Marilyn 1963-04-18
Series Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Unknown 1963-10-04
Series Dr. Kildare Unknown 1961-09-27
Movie North West Frontier Catherine Wyatt 1959-10-13
Movie The Gift of Love Julie Beck 1958-02-11
Movie Designing Woman Marilla Brown Hagen 1957-05-16
Movie Blithe Spirit Elvira Condomine 1956-01-14
Movie Written on the Wind Lucy Moore Hadley 1956-12-01
Movie The Cobweb Meg Faversen Rinehart 1955-06-07
Series Ford Star Jubilee Unknown 1955-09-24
Movie Blood Alley Cathy Grainger 1955-10-01
Movie A Star Is Born World Premiere Herself 1954-09-28
Series Producers' Showcase Gaby 1954-10-18
Movie Woman's World Elizabeth Burns 1954-09-30
Series The Academy Awards Unknown 1953-03-18
Movie Young Man with a Horn Amy North 1950-03-01
Movie The Hollywood Ten Herself (archive footage) (uncredited) 1950-01-01
Series The Colgate Comedy Hour Unknown 1950-09-10
Movie Bright Leaf Sonia Kovac 1950-07-02
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20
Movie Key Largo Nora Temple 1948-07-31
Series Tony Awards Unknown 1947-04-06
Movie Dark Passage Irene Jansen 1947-09-27
Movie Blow-Ups of 1946 Herself 1946-01-01
Movie The Big Sleep Vivian Sternwood Rutledge 1946-08-23
Movie Two Guys from Milwaukee Herself 1946-07-26
Movie Confidential Agent Rose Cullen 1945-11-09
Movie Breakdowns of 1944 Herself 1944-01-01
Movie To Have and Have Not Marie Browning 1944-10-11
Movie Another Thin Man Unknown 1939-01-01