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Born: Betty Joan Perske
September 16, 1924, The Bronx, NY, US
Beginning as a fashion model, Lauren Bacall’s acting career spanned eight decades and over 60 films. Perhaps best known for her early starring roles opposite Humphrey Bogart in the film noir genre, Bacall’s unique vocal style and stunning beauty set her apart from many leading ladies of the 1940s. Receiving an Honorary Oscar for in recognition of her “central place in the Golden Age of motion pictures”, two of Bacall’s films, To Have and Have Not (1944) and The Big Sleep (1946) are included on the list of 1001 Movies to See Before You Die (Klaus Ming August 2014).