Lauren Bacall

Birthday: Sep 16, 1924
Birthplace: New York, New York, USA
Following study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and subsequent stage and modeling experience, legendary actress Lauren Bacall gained nationwide attention by posing for a 1943 cover of Harper's Bazaar magazine. This photo prompted film director Howard Hawks to put her under personal contract, wanting to "create" a movie star from fresh, raw material.For her screen debut, Hawks cast Bacall opposite Humphrey Bogart in To Have and Have Not (1944). The young actress was so nervous that she walked around with her chin pressed against her collarbone to keep from shaking. As a result, she had to glance upward every time she spoke, an affectation which came across as sexy and alluring, earning Bacall the nickname "The Look." She also spoke in a deep, throaty manner, effectively obscuring the fact that she was only 19-years-old. Thanks to the diligence of Hawks and his crew -- and the actress' unique delivery of such lines as "If you want anything, just whistle..." -- Bacall found herself lauded as the most sensational newcomer of 1944. She also found herself in love with Humphrey Bogart, whom she subsequently married. Bogie and Bacall co-starred in three more films, which increased the actress' popularity, but also led critics to suggest that she was incapable of carrying a picture on her own. Bacall's disappointing solo turn in Confidential Agent (1945) seemed to confirm this, but the actress was a quick study and good listener, and before long she was turning in first-rate performances in such films as Young Man With a Horn (1950) and How to Marry a Millionaire (1953). Bogart's death in 1957 after a long and painful bout with cancer left Bacall personally devastated, though, in the tradition of her show-must-go-on husband, she continued to perform to the best of her ability in films such as Designing Woman (1957) and The Gift of Love (1958). In the late '60s, after Bacall's second marriage to another hard-case actor, Jason Robards Jr., she received only a handful of negligible film roles and all but dropped out of moviemaking. In 1970, Bacall made a triumphant comeback in the stage production Applause, a musical adaptation of All About Eve, in which she played grand dame Margo Channing, a role originally played by Bette Davis in the film version. Her sultry-vixen persona long in the past, Bacall spent the '70s playing variations on her worldly, resourceful Applause role, sometimes merely being decorative (Murder on the Orient Express, 1974), but most often delivering class-A performances (The Shootist, 1976). After playing the quasi-autobiographical part of a legendary, outspoken Broadway actress in 1981's The Fan, she spent the next ten years portraying Lauren Bacall -- and no one did it better. In 1993, Bacall proved once more that she was a superb actress and not merely a "professional personality" in the made-for-cable film The Portrait, in which she and her Designing Woman co-star Gregory Peck played a still-amorous elderly couple. During the filming of The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996), Bacall traveled to France to accept a special César Award for her lifetime achievement in film. For her role in Mirror, which cast her as Barbra Streisand's mother, Bacall earned a Golden Globe award and an Oscar nomination. She continued to work on a number of projects into the next decade, including Diamonds, in which she appeared alongside Kirk Douglas, with whom she last co-starred in the 1950 romantic drama Young Man with a Horn.In the new century she worked twice with internationally respected filmmaker Lars von Trier, appearing in Dogville and Manderlay. She was in the Nicole Kidman film Birth, and appeared in the documentary Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff. Bacall won an Honorary Oscar in 2010. She died in 2014 at age 89.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Forger Anne-Marie 2012
96% Cameraman: The Life And Work Of Jack Cardiff Actor $20.5K 2011
No Score Yet Wide Blue Yonder May 2010
No Score Yet Great Performances Actor 2010
No Score Yet Carmel Actor 2010
No Score Yet You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story Actor 2008
No Score Yet Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King Grand Witch 2008
52% The Walker Natalie Van Miter $43.7K 2007
No Score Yet These Foolish Things Dame Lydia Simons 2007
50% Manderlay Mam 2006
No Score Yet Firedog Actor 2005
38% Birth Eleanor $5.1M 2004
No Score Yet Gone Dark Actor 2004
No Score Yet Broadway's Lost Treasures II Host 2004
No Score Yet The Limit (Gone Dark) May 2003
70% Dogville Ma Ginger $1.5M 2003
No Score Yet The Fabulous '50s Actor 2002
No Score Yet Presence of Mind Mado Remei 2000
No Score Yet Best of Film Noir Actor 2000
26% Diamonds Sin-Dee 1999
71% Get Bruce Actor 1999
No Score Yet Madeline: Lost in Paris Madame Lacroque 1999
No Score Yet Le Jour et la nuit Sonia 1997
No Score Yet Howard Hawks: American Artist Actor 1997
No Score Yet Judy Garland's Hollywood Actor 1997
47% My Fellow Americans Margaret Kramer 1996
56% The Mirror Has Two Faces Hannah Morgan 1996
No Score Yet The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story Actor 1996
No Score Yet From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler 1995
24% Ready to Wear (Prêt-à-Porter) Slim Chrysler 1994
No Score Yet A Foreign Field Lisa 1994
No Score Yet Little Piece of Sunshine Beatrix Coltrane 1994
No Score Yet The Portrait Fanny Church 1993
No Score Yet Leonard Bernstein: The Gift of Music Narrator [English Version] 1993
0% All I Want for Christmas Lillian Brooks 1991
No Score Yet Kisses Actor 1991
90% Misery Marcia Sindell 1990
No Score Yet Innocent Victim Marsha Archdale 1990
No Score Yet Dinner at Eight Carlotta Vance 1989
No Score Yet John Huston - The Man, the Movies, the Maverick Actor 1989
43% Mr. North Mrs. Cranston 1988
No Score Yet Appointment with Death Lady Westholme 1988
No Score Yet Bacall on Bogart Actor 1988
No Score Yet Smoke That Cigarette Actor 1987
43% The Fan Sally Ross 1981
No Score Yet Health Esther Brill 1980
90% The Shootist Bond Rogers 1976
91% Murder on the Orient Express Mrs. Hubbard 1974
100% Harper (The Moving Target) Mrs. Simpson 1966
60% Sex and the Single Girl Sylvia 1964
No Score Yet North West Frontier Actor 1960
No Score Yet Northwest Frontier Catherine Wyatt 1959
No Score Yet The Gift of Love Julie Beck 1958
81% Written on the Wind Lucy Moore Hadley 1957
80% Designing Woman Marilla Brown Hagen 1957
No Score Yet Blood Alley Cathy Grainger 1955
80% The Cobweb Meg Rinehart 1955
No Score Yet Woman's World Elizabeth 1954
83% How to Marry a Millionaire Schatze Page 1953
80% Young Man With a Horn Amy North 1950
No Score Yet Bright Leaf Sonia Kovac 1950
97% Key Largo Nora Temple 1948
93% Dark Passage Irene Jansen 1947
97% The Big Sleep Vivian 1946
No Score Yet Confidential Agent Actor 1945
97% To Have and Have Not Marie Browning 1944


70% Family Guy
  • 2014
92% The Sopranos
  • 2006
No Score Yet Chicago Hope
Samara Visco Klein
  • 1998
  • 1997
No Score Yet The Rockford Files
  • 1979