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Lauren Bacall was born Betty Joan Perske in the Bronx, New York City, on September 16, 1924. The daughter of Jewish immigrants from Poland and Romania, she had a difficult childhood marked by frequent relocations and the death of her father. She began acting while attending high school in New York, and after briefly working in retail, she made her Broadway debut in 1942. Her screen debut came the following year with To Have and Have Not. Married to Humphrey Bogart from 1945 until his death in 1957, Bacall became a Hollywood star in her own right. She continued to act steadily throughout the remainder of her life. Bacall died at age 89 on August 12, 2014.

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About Lauren Bacall

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September 16, 1924

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August 12, 2014

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Actress, Model

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Life is not what you expected it to be. — Lauren Bacall

A planned life is a dead life. — Lauren Bacall

Here is a test to find out whether your mission in life is complete. If you’re alive, it isn’t. — Lauren Bacall

It’s inappropriate and vulgar and absolutely unacceptable to use your private life to sell anything commercially, but I think it’s kind of a sickness. — Lauren Bacall

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You learn to rise above a lot of bad things that happen in your life. And you have to keep going. — Lauren Bacall

How long an actress lives professionally depends on her stamina, the extent of her masochism, her imagination, and her yearning for recognition or approval. — Lauren Bacall

Life is amazing, life is odd. Life is not what you expected it to be. Things happen… Growing up takes longer than you think. — Lauren Bacall

The purity of Jewish upbringing–the restrictions that one carries through life being a ‘nice Jewish girl’–what a burden. — Lauren Bacall

I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that. — Lauren Bacall

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Acting is a life of rejection. — Lauren Bacall

Looking at yourself in a mirror isn’t exactly a study of life. — Lauren Bacall

When you are playing a part like that where you have traveled–you begin to think, God what a great life. Independent, living alone and how dramatic. — Lauren Bacall

Generally women are better than men––they have more character. I prefer men for some things, obviously, but women have a greater sense of honor and are more willing to take a chance with their lives. — Lauren Bacall

What is the point of working all your life and then stopping? — Lauren Bacall

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I’m crazy enough to believe in taking chances in every way, in making choices and gambling with your life. That’s the kind of gambling I believe in. — Lauren Bacall


I like to work with really good professional people–anyone with real talent. — Lauren Bacall

I always wanted to work with Spencer Tracy, which never happened, although I knew him well. And I never worked with Cary Grant. — Lauren Bacall

People should tell your children what life is all about–it’s about work. — Lauren Bacall

I adored ‘Breaking The Waves,’ so when Lars von Trier wanted me in ‘Dogville,’ I was beside myself with joy. He works in a way that nobody I’ve ever worked with works. — Lauren Bacall

i like to work with really good professional people anyone with real talent Lauren Bacall quote

I’ve always felt that work–learning from people who know more than I know–is what keeps you going. — Lauren Bacall

Always I’m feeling, ‘You’re never going to work again.’ That’s going to happen one day, but I hope I’m not alive. — Lauren Bacall

I find that through the sad times, work is what made my continuing, not breaking down, possible. In work, I was always someone else and I subconsciously reveled in that. — Lauren Bacall

They think actors are freaks–that we’re a lot of drunks who party all the time and never work. Well, I for one work my tail off. — Lauren Bacall

The best things in life are clean living, good works, and big saphires. And not in that order. — Lauren Bacall

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His attention span was not long, shall we say? — Lauren Bacall

You don’t always win Your battles, but it’s good to know You fought. — Lauren Bacall

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Young people, even in Hollywood, ask me, ‘Were you really married to Humphrey Bogart?’ ‘Well, yes, I think I was,’ I reply. — Lauren Bacall

The reason you get married is to be together, not to be separated. — Lauren Bacall

The big rule is that you must never get mixed up with a married man–never even look sideways at another woman’s fella. Boy, I really was terrific at obeying that rule, wasn’t I? — Lauren Bacall

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I would hate now to be married. It does occur to me on occasion that, if I fall and hit my head, there will be no one to make the phone call. But who wants to think about that disaster, I’d prefer not to. — Lauren Bacall


I’ll miss Hollywood. Of the twenty friends I thought I had, I’ll miss the six I really had. — Lauren Bacall

Howard Hawks said he’d like to put me in a film with Cary Grant or Humphrey Bogart. I thought, ‘Cary Grant–terrific! Humphrey Bogart–yucch. — Lauren Bacall

I never believed marriage was a lasting institution . . . I thought that to be married for five years was to be married forever. — Lauren Bacall

I fairly often have thought how lucky I was. I knew everybody because I was married to Bogie, and that 25–year difference was the most fantastic thing for me to have in my life. — Lauren Bacall

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I always thought I had crooked eyebrows and crooked teeth. That’s why I never understood why people called me a beauty. — Lauren Bacall

I remember my oldest son, Steve, saying to me once, ‘I don’t ever remember seeing you with an apron on.’ And I thought, that’s right, honey, you did not. That was his concept of what a mother should be. — Lauren Bacall

To fly as fast as thought, you must begin by knowing that you have already arrived. — Lauren Bacall

Being a liberal is the best thing on earth you can be. You are welcoming to everyone when you’re a liberal. You do not have a small mind. — Lauren Bacall

I don’t sit around thinking that I’d like to have another husband; only another man would make me think that way. — Lauren Bacall


I love being Jewish; I have no problem with it at all. But it did become like a scar, with all these people saying you don’t look it. — Lauren Bacall

A man’s illness is his private territory and, no matter how much he loves you and how close you are, you stay an outsider. You are healthy. — Lauren Bacall

The real stakes in The Theater are high–They are life stakes. That’s what I love about it. You gamble with your life, and that’s a gamble worth taking. — Lauren Bacall

How in hell can you handle love without turning your life upside down? That’s what love does, it changes everything. — Lauren Bacall

If I could have lived as an actress in any period, it would have been the 1920s–I would have loved to have been part of that speakeasy era. — Lauren Bacall

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