Biography and best films of the great actress ..Lauren Bacall

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Lauren Bacall  – Betty Joan Perske, (born September 16, 1924, New York, New York, U.S.—died August 12, 2014, New York, New York), American actress known for her portrayals of provocative women who hid their soft core underneath a layer of hard-edged pragmatism.

 

Bacall started modeling in 1941 and supplemented her income with jobs as a theatre usher and as a hostess at the Stage Door Canteen, which kept her next to the Broadway theatre scene that she loved. In 1942 she appeared as an ingénue in the George S. Kaufman-directed Franklin Street, but the play closed before reaching New York. Bacall’s photo on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar in 1943 caught the attention of the wife of film director Howard Hawks. Cast in Hawks’s To Have and Have Not (1944) as the leggy sardonic beauty who gives Humphrey Bogart a famous lesson in whistling, the 19-year-old Bacall was an overnight sensation. Nervous throughout the shooting, Bacall kept her head low to keep it from shaking; this, combined with her bedroom eyes and husky voice, resulted in a sultry aura that was touted in promotional campaigns as “The Look.” She and Bogart fell in love during the filming and were married in 1945; they subsequently costarred in the successful thrillers The Big Sleep (1946), Dark Passage (1947), and Key Largo (1948). Bacall’s other successful films include Young Man with a Horn (1950), How to Marry a Millionaire (1953), and Designing Woman (1957).

Bacall’s performances of the 1990s, most of which capitalized on her brash-but-endearing personality, are among her most respected. She received good notices for supporting roles in Misery (1990), The Portrait (1993; made for television), My Fellow Americans (1996), and Diamonds (1999). For her performance in The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996), Bacall received her first Academy Award nomination, for best supporting actress. Her later films include Dogville (2003) and Birth (2004), both of which also featured Nicole Kidman, and The Walker (2007). In 1999 she scored another Broadway triumph in a revival of Noël Coward’s Waiting in the Wings. Bacall wrote three autobiographies—By Myself (1978), Now (1994), and And Then Some (2005).

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10.Appointment with Death

Carrie Fisher, Lauren Bacall

Released: 1988

Directed by: Michael Winner

Appointment with Death is a 1988 mystery film, made by Golan-Globus Productions and produced and directed by Michael Winner. It is an adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel

9.The Gift of Love

Lauren Bacall, Robert Stack

Released: 1958

Directed by: Jean Negulesco

The Gift of Love is a 1958 drama film directed by Jean Negulesco..

8.Harper

Paul Newman, Lauren Bacall

Released: 1966

Directed by: Jack Smight

Harper, released in the UK as The Moving Target, is a 1966 film based on Ross Macdonald’s novel The Moving Target and adapted for the screen by novelist William Goldman, who admired..

7.Sex and the Single Girl

Natalie Wood, Lauren Bacall

Released: 1964

Directed by: Richard Quine

Sex and the Single Girl is a 1964 American comedy film directed by Richard Quine and starring Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood, Henry Fonda, Lauren Bacall, and Mel Ferrer. The film was inspired by..

6.To Have and Have Not

Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart

Released: 1944

Directed by: Howard Hawks

To Have and Have Not is a 1944 American romance-adventure film directed by Howard Hawks, and starring Humphrey Bogart, Walter Brennan and Lauren Bacall in her film debut. Although it is..

5.Key Largo

Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart

Released: 1948

Directed by: John Huston

Key Largo is a 1948 film noir directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson and Lauren Bacall and featuring Lionel Barrymore and Claire Trevor. The movie was..

4.The Big Sleep

Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart

Released: 1946

Directed by: Howard Hawks

The Big Sleep is a 1946 film noir directed by Howard Hawks, the first film version of Raymond Chandler’s 1939 novel of the same name. The movie stars Humphrey Bogart as detective Philip..

3.Designing Woman

Lauren Bacall, Gregory Peck

Released: 1957

Directed by: Vincente Minnelli

Designing Woman is a 1957 romantic comedy about fashion. Vincente Minnelli directed stars Lauren Bacall and Gregory Peck. George Wells won an Academy Award for the screenplay…

2.Murder on the Orient Express

Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman

Released: 1974

Directed by: Sidney Lumet

This film is a 1974 British Technicolor mystery film directed by Sidney Lumet, starring Albert Finney as Hercule Poirot, and based on the 1934 novel of the same name by Agatha Christie…

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The Mirror Has Two Faces

Barbra Streisand, Pierce Brosnan

Released: 1996

Directed by: Barbra Streisand

The Mirror Has Two Faces is a 1996 American romantic comedy-drama film produced and directed by Barbra Streisand, who also stars. The screenplay by Richard LaGravenese is loosely..
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