Actress Lauren Bacall, who paired with spouse Humphrey Bogart in films including The Big Sleep and Key Largo, has died at the age of 89, according to her family’s estate.
Bacall was married to Bogart from 1945 until his death in 1957, and later was married to actor Jason Robards from 1961 to 1969. She had two children with Bogart and one with Robards.
She told NPR’s Morning Edition in 2005 that being so closely connected to her first husband frustrated her.
“The only thing that I am not pleased about is when people only talk about ‘Bogie’ to me as though I had no other life at all,” she said. “When I had, unfortunately, many, many more years without him than I did with him.”
Bacall’s numerous post-Bogart film roles included Murder on the Orient Express, Misery and The Mirror Has Two Faces, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award.
“I mean, my feeling is that you’ve got to keep working,” Bacall told Morning Edition. “And I still seem to have a kind of ambition. And I still love my profession and I still love working with these independent young directors who have completely different approaches to moviemaking. I just don’t see any point in stopping unless I have to.”
Reuters notes that she also won a pair of Tony Awards:
After her film career cooled, Bacall returned to the stage. She won best actress Tony Awards for “Applause” in 1970 and “Woman of the Year” in 1981. Over the years she had transformed her persona from a willowy temptress with a come-hither look to a shrewd and worldly woman.
Of her career and life, Bacall once said, “I traveled by roller coaster, a roller coaster on which the highs were as high as anyone could ever hope to go. And the lows! Oh, those lows were lower than anyone should ever have to go — 10 degrees below hell.”