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Lauren Bacall

Highest Rated:   100% Harper (The Moving Target) (1966)
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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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
54% 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 Broadway's Lost Treasures II
  • Host
2004
No Score Yet Gone Dark
  • Actor
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 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
55% 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
26% 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
89% 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
38% The Fan
  • Sally Ross
1981
No Score Yet Health
  • Esther Brill
1980
93% The Shootist
  • Bond Rogers
1976
95% 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
78% 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
No Score Yet Young Man With a Horn
  • Amy North
1950
No Score Yet Bright Leaf
  • Sonia Kovac
1950
97% Key Largo
  • Nora Temple
1948
92% Dark Passage
  • Irene Jansen
1947
96% The Big Sleep
  • Vivian
1946
No Score Yet Confidential Agent
  • Actor
1945
97% To Have and Have Not
  • Marie Browning
1944

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Family Guy
1999
  • Voice
  • 2014
97% The Sopranos
1999-2007
  • Herself
  • 2006

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