Shimon Peres’ First Cousin Lauren Bacall-Perske Dead at 89


Lauren Bacall, born Betty Joan Perske in the Bronx, New York, September 16, 1924, passed away on Tuesday in her home in The Dakota, John Lennon’s last residence.

MSNBC’s Thomas Robert broke the news in a tweet, and the Bogart estate has confirmed: “With deep sorrow, yet with great gratitude for her amazing life, we confirm the passing of Lauren Bacall.” Bacall died from a massive stroke at her home in New York on Tuesday morning.

Bacall was the only child of Natalie Weinstein-Bacal, who legally changed her surname to Bacall, and William Perske, both Jewish.

Bacall appeared in To Have and Have Not (1944), Confidential Agent (1944), The Big Sleep (1945), Dark Passage (1946), Key Largo (1947), Young Man with a Horn (1948), Bright Leaf (1950), How to Marry a Millionaire (1950), and Woman’s World (1953). She enjoyed a career revival later in life, with key roles in Murder On The Orient Express (1974), and The Shootist (1976). She had a supporting role The Mirror Has Two Faces (1966). She received an Honorary Oscar in 2010.

On May 21, 1945, Bacall married actor Humphrey Bogart. Bacall was 20 and Bogart was 45, earning her the nickname “Baby.” They remained married until Bogart’s death from esophageal cancer in 1957.

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