Hollywood Salutes Legend Lauren Bacall

Tributes are pouring in to honor her 'magical life'

By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 13, 2014 7:56 AM CDT

(Newser) – The iconic, smoky-voiced Lauren Bacall died yesterday at age 89, but her memory will live on in Hollywood—and in the world—forever. Stephen Bogart, her son with the equally legendary Humphrey Bogart, says "her life speaks for itself—she lived a wonderful life, a magical life," reports the New York Times. Other reactions from those mourning the loss of Bacall:

  • Both James Caan and Barbra Streisand, who directed Bacall in 1996's The Mirror Has Two Faces, issued statements to Entertainment Weekly. "She was a great, uplifting lady who was full of talent and fun," Caan says, while Streisand adds, "What a terrible loss for us all. … Even with all those great films we can visit again and again, she will be missed."

  • Film critics weighed in, too. Richard Roeper tweeted: "Lauren Bacall was a great beauty. A natural to be filmed and photographed in glorious black and white." And Leonard Maltin tweeted, "I feel so lucky to have met #LaurenBacall, a formidable woman and one of the last links to Hollywood's Golden Age."
  • Actress Marlee Matlin remembered Bacall's saltier side, tweeting, "When I told my pal #LaurenBacall I had boyfriend troubles she said 'Men, f--- 'em!' Give 'em hell in heaven Betty RIP."
  • CBS This Morning tweeted what everyone's thinking, via Charlie Rose: "She taught men what to do with women. She taught women what to do with men. -- @CharlieRose on Lauren Bacall"
  • Of course, the site dedicated to true love Bogie (run by their son Stephen) also had final words for Bacall, tweeting: "With deep sorrow, yet with great gratitude for her amazing life, we confirm the passing of Lauren Bacall."

This 1965 file photo shows actress Lauren Bacall at her home in New York.
This 1965 file photo shows actress Lauren Bacall at her home in New York.   (AP Photo, File)
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