Lauren Bacall on screen and stage

Lauren Bacall in black and white, her head tilted down with her eyes pointed up at the camera
Publicity photo, March 1945

American actress Lauren Bacall (1924–2014) had an extensive career in films, television shows, and plays. She was one of the leading ladies during the Golden Age of Hollywood along with actresses such as Marilyn Monroe and Rita Hayworth.[1] Bacall started her career as a teenage fashion model when she appeared on the cover of Harper's Bazaar and was discovered by Howard Hawks' wife Nancy.[2][3] As she naturally had a high-pitched and nasal voice, she received lessons to help deepen it and was required to shout verses by Shakespeare for hours every day as part of her training.[4][5]

Bacall's first film appearance was with Humphrey Bogart in the 1944 film To Have and Have Not. The following year she married Bogart and went on to appear with him in The Big Sleep (1946), Dark Passage (1947), and Key Largo (1948). She also starred in comedies such as How to Marry a Millionaire in 1953 with Marilyn Monroe, Designing Woman in 1957 with Gregory Peck, and Sex and the Single Girl in 1964 with Natalie Wood. Bacall also appeared in Murder on the Orient Express (1976) and The Shootist (1976).

In Bacall's later years, she appeared in the films All I Want for Christmas (1991), Prêt-à-Porter (1994), The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996), My Fellow Americans (1996), Diamonds (1999), Dogville (2003), Eve (2008) Wide Blue Yonder (2010) and The Forger (2012). For her role as Hannah Morgan in The Mirror Has Two Faces, Bacall won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture and was nominated for a BAFTA and an Academy Award.[6][7][8] Her television work included appearances on Mr. Broadway (1964), Chicago Hope (1998), and The Rockford Files (1979), as well as providing the voice of Evelyn on the animated series Family Guy (2014).

Bacall also performed on Broadway in the plays Cactus Flower in 1965 and The Visit in 1995 and musicals such as Applause in 1970 and Woman of the Year in 1981. For her roles in Applause and Woman of the Year, she won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical.[9][10]


Lauren Bacall in black and white, sitting on Humphrey Bogart's lap facing right in the film To Have and Have Not in 1944
In To Have and Have Not with Humphrey Bogart (1944)
Lauren Bacall in black and white facing a mirror looking at Humphrey Bogart's reflection
In Dark Passage with Humphrey Bogart (1947)
Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1944-10-111944 To Have and Have Not Marie "Slim" Browning [2]
1945-11-021945 Confidential Agent Rose Cullen [11]
1946-07-261946 Two Guys from Milwaukee Herself Cameo appearance [12]
1946-08-231946 The Big Sleep Vivian Sternwood Rutledge [2]
1947-09-05 1947 Dark Passage Irene Jansen [2]
1948-07-161948 Key Largo Nora Temple [2]
1950-02-091950 Young Man with a Horn Amy North [2]
1950-07-021950 Bright Leaf Sonia Kovac [11]
1953-11-051953 How to Marry a Millionaire Schatze Page [2]
1954-09-301954 Woman's World Elizabeth Burns [13]
1955-07-151955 The Cobweb Meg Faversen Rinehart [14]
1955-10-011955 Blood Alley Cathy Grainger [1]
1956-12-011956 Written on the Wind Lucy Moore Hadley [11]
1957-05-161957 Designing Woman Marilla Brown Hagen [2]
1958-02-111958 The Gift of Love Julie Beck [11]
1959-10-071959 North West Frontier Catherine Wyatt [11]
1964-07-221964 Shock Treatment Dr. Edwina Beighley [11]
1964-12-251964 Sex and the Single Girl Sylvia Broderick [15]
1966-02-231966 Harper Elaine Sampson [11]
1974-11-241974 Murder on the Orient Express Mrs. Harriet Belinda Hubbard [11]
1976-08-201976 The Shootist Bond Rogers [2]
1980-09-121980 HealtH Esther Brill [1]
1981-05-151981 The Fan Sally Ross [2]
1988-04-151988 Appointment with Death Lady Westholme [16]
1988-07-221988 Mr. North Mrs. Cranston [11]
19881988 John Huston: The Man, the Movies, the Maverick Herself Documentary film [17]
1989-03-071989 Tree of Hands Marsha Archdale Alternate title: Innocent Victim [18]
1989 Dinner at Eight Carlotta Vance TV film [1]
1990 Misery Marcia Sindell [2]
19911991 A Star for Two Edwige [15]
1991-11-081991 All I Want for Christmas Lillian Brooks [19]
1994-12-231994 Prêt-à-Porter Slim Chrysler Alternate title: Ready to Wear (Prêt-à-Porter) [11]
1995-06-031995 From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler TV film [20]
1996-11-151996 The Mirror Has Two Faces Hannah Morgan [2]
1996-12-201996 My Fellow Americans Margaret Kramer [11]
1997-02-121997 Day and Night Sonia French title: Le Jour et la Nuit [21]
1999-01-241999 Get Bruce Herself Documentary film [22]
1999 Too Rich: The Secret Life of Doris Duke Doris Duke TV miniseries [11]
1999-08-031999 Madeline: Lost in Paris Madame Lacroque Voice, Animated film [23]
1999-09-061999 Diamonds Sin-Dee [11]
1999-09-091999 The Venice Project Countess Camilla Volta [24]
19991999 Presence of Mind Mado Remei [11]
20002000 A Conversation with Gregory Peck Herself Documentary film [25]
2003-05-132003 Gone Dark May Markham Alternate title: The Limit [26]
2003-05-192003 Dogville Ma Ginger [2]
2004-09-052004 Howl's Moving Castle Witch of the Waste Voice, Animated film [19]
2004-11-082004 Birth Eleanor [1]
20042004 Amália Traïda TV Announcer 10-minute short film [27]
2005-05-162005 Manderlay Mam [1]
2006-03-102006 These Foolish Things Dame Lydia [28]
2007-08-102007 The Walker Natalie Van Miter [29]
2008-09-012008 Eve Grandma 20-minute short film [30]
2008-09-232008 Scooby-Doo! and the Goblin King The Grand Witch Voice, Animated film [31]
20082008 Empire State Building Murders Penny Baxter TV film
2010-08-192010 Wide Blue Yonder May [32]
2012-05-232012 Ernest & Celestine The Grey One Voice, Animated film [19]
2012-07-032012 The Forger Anne-Marie Cole Alternate title: Carmel-by-the-Sea, (final film role) [11]