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Born and raised in New York, she studied at the American Academy Of Dramatic Arts, made a few brief appearances in small Broadway roles, and enjoyed a short but very successful modeling career. Filmmaker Howard Hawks put her under personal contract as the result of her stunning cover shot on Harper's Bazaar, and Warner Bros. soon placed her under contract.

Bacall is one of the few film personalities ever to become an important star with her very first movie. Her debut in the 1944 release To Have And Have Not, made her an important star. It starred Humphrey Bogart, whom Bacall married the following year- They became one of the most famous couples in Hollywood's history, and starred in three successive and successful pictures. The Big Sleep, Dark Passage and Key Largo, plus unbilled appearances in Two Guys From Milwaukee in 1946.

Her movies include Confidential Agent with Charles Boyer, Young Man With A Horn with Kirk Douglas, Bright Leaf with Gary Cooper. How To Marry A Millionaire with Marilyn Monroe, Woman's World with Clifton Webb and Fred MacMurray, Blood Alley with John Wayne, The Cobweb with Richard Widmark, Written On The Wind with Rock Hudson, Designing Woman with Gregory Peck, The Gift Of Love with Robert Stack and Flame Over India (Northwest Frontier).

Her films during the sixties include Sex And The Single Girl with Natalie Wood, Tony Curtis and Henry Fonda, Shock Treatment with Stuart Whitman and Harper with Paul Newman.

During the '70s and '80s, she acted in Murder On The Orient Express with an all-star cast, The Shootist with John Wayne, Health with Glenda Jackson and James Garner, The Fan with James Garner, Appointment With Death with Peter Ustinov, Mr. North with Robert Mitchum, Innocent Victim (Tree Of Hands), Misery with James Caan and Kathy Bates, A Star For Two with Anthony Quinn, and All I Want For Christmas.

She was recently seen in Robert Altman's Ready To Wear (Pret-A-Porter). Immediately upon completion of The Mirror Has Two Faces, she played a former first lady opposite Jack Lemmon in My Fellow Americans and traveled to Mexico for a French film titled The Day And The Night.

Her first starring Broadway role was in the 1960 production Goodbye Charlie. During 1966-68 she starred in the hit play Cactus Flower. Triumphantly returning to Broadway in 1970, she won a Tony Award and a Sarah Siddons Award for playing Margo Channing in Applause, the musical version of All About Eve. During 1972 she traveled in the national tour of Applause, and the following year continued the show in London, where she won the Evening Standard Award. During the summer of 1977 she toured in Wonderful Town and in 1981 returned to Broadway in Woman Of The Year, which brought her a second Tony Award as well as a second Sarah Siddons Award.

In 1982 she starred in the national tour of Woman Of The Year. In '85 and '86, she acted in Sweet Bird Of Youth in London and Australia.

Her television appearances have been few, but each has been noteworthy. In 1955 she acted in the live presentation of The Petrified Forest with Humphrey Bogart and Henry Fonda. The next year she joined Noel Coward and Claudette Colbert for Blithe Spirit, earning an Emmy nomination. She also received Emmy nominations for the TV presentation of Applause in 1973. and for a guest appearance on The Rockford Files series.

In '77 she appeared with Helen Hayes and Ruth Gordon in Perfect Gentleman, and two years later in Lions, Tigers, Monkeys And Dogs with Robert Preston for London TV in 1979. She starred in A Little Piece Of Sunshine.

She starred in two films for TNT in the early nineties. Dinner At Eight, and The Portrait with Gregory Peck- For BBC in 1993, she starred with Sir Alec Guiness and Jeanne Moreau in A Foreign Field and in 1995 appeared in From The Mixed Up Files Of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.

She won the 1980 National Book Award for her autobiography By Myself. She is also the author of Now, published by Alfred Knopf in 1994.

Bio courtesy Sony Pictures Entertainment (01-Jan-2000)


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