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  • 13 August 2014, 5:22

Hollywood Actress Lauren Bacall Dies Aged 89

The Hollywood actress Lauren Bacall has died at the age of 89 after suffering a stroke at her New York home.

The actress' death was confirmed by the estate of her first husband Humphrey Bogart, which announced the death on Twitter.

"With deep sorrow, yet with great gratitude for her amazing life, we confirm the passing of Lauren Bacall," the Bogart estate said.

Born Betty Joan Perske, Bacall made her Hollywood debut in the 1944 film To Have And Have Not.

She famously met Bogart on set, and the couple were married until his death from throat cancer in 1957. They had two children.

Their relationship became one of Hollywood's greatest love stories.

"I knew he was a good actor, but he was not my type, I didn't think," Bacall later reflected.

"She's a real Joe. You'll fall in love with her like everybody else," Bogart once said of his wife.

Beginning her career in the Golden Age of Hollywood, Bacall enjoyed a long and successful life on screen and on Broadway.

She starred in many films with the leading actors of her time, including Bogart, John Wayne, Gregory Peck and Marilyn Monroe.

Her career on stage was also hailed by critics. She won two Tony Awards for her roles in Applause in 1970 and Woman Of The Year in 1981.

Bacall had a third child with her second husband, Jason Robards, during their eight-year marriage in the 1960s.

She narrowly missed out on winning an Oscar for her performance in 1996's The Mirror Has Two Faces.

In 2009, she was presented with an honorary Academy Award.

Bacall also wrote an unflinching autobiography titled Be Myself which won the National Book Award in 1990.

She once said her "great luck in life was being surrounded by people who had goals".