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Lauren Bacall was one of the last leading ladies from the Golden Age of Hollywood. She died on Tuesday at the age of 89. Her death was the latest in an extraordinarily hard week for show business, as it came 24 hours after Robin Williams’ shocking death.
Bacall came into the movies at age 19, a beauty far beyond her years. As a young film fan, I could never quite wrap my head around the fact that she is just 19 when she asks for a match from Humphrey Bogart in To Have And Have Not, her first film. That also means that she was just 20 when she had to deliver the confusing dialogue of The Big Sleep.
Although her career in the movies began to slow down by the mid 1950s, she never really stopped working, save for a break in the 1980s. In her later years, she would take supporting roles and even earned her first Oscar nomination for Barbra Streisand’s 1996 film The Mirror Has Two Faces. She also received her honorary Oscar in 2010.
Bacall’s career also includes a Golden Globe for the Streisand film and the Cecil B. DeMille Award. She earned three Emmy nominations for TV appearances. She also won two Tony Awards - one in 1981 for her performance in Woman of the Year and another in 1970 for Applause.
In honor of her iconic career, here are 10 classic films she starred in that you need to see right now.
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