She slouched on to screens in the 1940s, a new kind of female star: sexy, smart, able to give as good as she got. Sixty years on, Lauren Bacall is still making films - but it is those early lines and angled looks that cast her for ever as an icon. In 1999, Bacall was ranked as one of the 25 greatest female stars of all time by the American Film Institute.
Lauren Bacall's favorite books:
- All The Pretty Horses By Cormac Mccarthy
(literature and fiction, mystery and thrillers)
"The most beautiful writing I have read in years-- a joy to read."
- Remains Of The Day By Kazuo Ishiguro
(literature and fiction)
"Wonderful story--perfectly fascinatingly told."
Why should you listen to her?
Lauren Bacall (born September 16, 1924) is an American film and stage actress and model. Known for her husky voice and sultry looks, she has continued acting to the present day.
Bacall is perhaps best known for being a film noir leading lady in films such as The Big Sleep (1946) and Dark Passage (1947), as well as a comedienne, as seen in 1953's How to Marry a Millionaire and 1957's Designing Woman. Bacall also enjoyed success starring in the Broadway musicals Applause in 1970 and Woman of the Year in 1981. She won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in the movie The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996).
In 1999, Bacall was ranked as one of the 25 greatest female stars of all time by the American Film Institute.
She has been married to actors Humphrey Bogart, with whom she worked in four films, and Jason Robards.
Bacall has written two autobiographies, Lauren Bacall By Myself (1978), which won 1980 National Book Award for Best Non-Fiction and Now (1994). In 2005, she re-published the first volume and updated it with an extra chapter. She released it as By Myself and Then Some.
Lauren Bacall: By Myself By Lauren Bacall