Screen legend Lauren Bacall dies at 89

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(WAVY/AP) — The 19-year-old model, who quickly won the heart of one of Hollywood’s biggest stars in the 1940s, passed away Tuesday.

Family members say Lauren Bacall died in New York following a stroke at the age of 89. Her smoky sultry voice epitomized the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Bacall’s first film was a big one, opposite Humphrey Bogart in “To Have and Have Not” (1944). Bogart was 44 and married when he and Bacall began a whirlwind romance. The couple married and later starred together in three more films: “The Big Sleep” (1946), “Dark Passage” (1947) and “Key Largo” (1948). They would remain married until 1957, when Bogart died of cancer.

Bacall later drew accolades for her work on the stage, staring on Broadway in “Goodbye, Charlie” (1959) and “Cactus Flower” (1965). She won Tony Awards for her performances in “Applause” (1970) and “Woman of the Year” (1981).

In 1997, Bacall was nominated for a best supporting actress Academy Award for her role in “The Mirror Has Two Faces,” opposite Barbra Streisand. She did not win, but was awarded an Honorary Academy Award in 2009.

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