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Legendary Actress Lauren Bacall Dies at 89

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Legendary American actress Lauren Bacall, the onetime model who became an overnight film star working opposite Humphrey Bogart, has died at the age of 89.

Her family says Bacall died after a massive stroke at her New York City home Tuesday morning.

Bacall captivated audiences from the moment she burst onto the silver screen in the 1940s, with her distinctively husky voice and sultry looks. She was just 20 - years - old when she played opposite Bogart in the film To Have and Have Not. Their onscreen romance in that movie spilled over to real life, even though he was 25 years older and married at the time.

Bacall and Bogart were married the next year and the two went on to star together in several films, including The Big Sleep, Dark Passage and Key Largo. She appeared in more than 30 other movies, including How to Marry a Millionaire, with Marilyn Monroe.

In 1999, the American Film Institute named Bacall 20th on its list of the top 25 actresses of all time.

She was married to Bogart from 1945 until his death in 1957. They had two children. She later had a well-publicized affair with Frank Sinatra and a turbulent marriage to actor Jason Robards.

In her later years, Bacall won two Best Actress Tony awards for her work on the stage. In 2009, she was awarded an honorary Oscar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.