Broadway Will Turn Down Lights for Lauren Bacall

And did so last night for Robin Williams

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 14, 2014 12:18 PM CDT

(Newser) – Broadway will turn down the lights for a minute tomorrow night in homage to one of its own, Lauren Bacall. Saluting the actress's "distinct presence on stage and screen during a career that spanned decades," the Broadway League's executive director said that "along with her talent and memorable performances, her timeless beauty and witty intelligence will be remembered." Though Bacall was perhaps best known for her first movies with Humphrey Bogart, Reuters notes that she won two Tonys for a pair of Broadway musicals: 1970's Applause and 1981's Woman of the Year. Meanwhile, Today reports that Broadway's lights also went dark last night for a minute—this time in honor of Robin Williams.

This Jan. 14, 1981, file photo shows Lauren Bacall rehearsing with Eivind Harum, for the musical Woman of the Year in New York.
This Jan. 14, 1981, file photo shows Lauren Bacall rehearsing with Eivind Harum, for the musical "Woman of the Year" in New York.   (AP Photo/Suzanne Vlamis, File)
Lauren Bacall arrives at the opening night of Gypsy on Broadway, Thursday, March 27, 2008, in New York.
Lauren Bacall arrives at the opening night of "Gypsy" on Broadway, Thursday, March 27, 2008, in New York.   (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)
This March 16, 2002, file photo shows Lauren Bacall waving as she enters Marble Collegiate Church for the wedding of Liza Minnelli and David Gest.
This March 16, 2002, file photo shows Lauren Bacall waving as she enters Marble Collegiate Church for the wedding of Liza Minnelli and David Gest.   (AP Photo/Ed Betz, File)
In this Oct. 26, 2004, file photo, Lauren Bacall arrives for the premiere of her movie Birth, with her son Stephen Bogart in New York.
In this Oct. 26, 2004, file photo, Lauren Bacall arrives for the premiere of her movie "Birth," with her son Stephen Bogart in New York.   (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano, File)
Lauren Bacall is presented a Governors Award during the 82nd Academy Awards Sunday, March 7, 2010, in Hollywood.
Lauren Bacall is presented a Governors Award during the 82nd Academy Awards Sunday, March 7, 2010, in Hollywood.   (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
The Shubert Theatre sits with its marquis lights turned off in New York in this 2010 file photo.
The Shubert Theatre sits with its marquis lights turned off in New York in this 2010 file photo.   (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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