Obituary: Lauren Bacall

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Betty Joan Perske, 89, one of the last of the great stars of the 1940s, better known by her stage name of Lauren Bacall, died today. Bacall started out as a model before going into film. Director Howard Hawks liked the lanky teenager with the sultry looks and the smoky voice, thinking she was ideal for his upcoming film To Have and Have Not, co-starring with film great Humphrey Bogart. . . .

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