Hollywood legend Lauren Bacall dies at age 89

(CNN) — Hollywood legend Lauren Bacall has died.

A spokesman for her family says the actress died in New York City.

She was 89 years old.

The confident, smoldering expression, the down-turned face and up-turned eyes, all earned Lauren Bacall, the nickname: The Look.

Ironically, the then-19-year-old struck the pose because she felt insecure.

“I mean, that’s what was started ‘The Look’ … was nerves,” she said. “I was just trying to keep my head steady.”

Bacall was more than a movie legend. She was from Hollywood’s golden era and the wife of actor Humphrey Bogart.

“The Big Sleep” was among a handful of films they made together, but their love affair was one of Tinsletown’s greatest romances.

Bogart died of cancer in 1957, leaving Bacall a widow, at 32, with two small children.

For a time, she was engaged to family friend and singer Frank Sinatra. When the romance fizzled, Sinatra headed to Las Vegas.

Bacall soon fell in love again and married actor Jason Robards with whom she had a son. She blamed his drinking for their divorce.

Lauren Bacall was born Betty Joan Perske on Sept. 16, 1924. Her parents were Jewish immigrants, who divorced when she was just six.

As a lanky teen, she modeled to earn extra money, taking her mother’s maiden name, Bacal, adding a second “L” to make it easier to pronounce.

Film director Howard Hawks saw her photograph on a magazine cover. A screen test later and Hawks changed her name because “he felt that Lauren Bacall was better sounding than Betty Bacall.”

Bacall’s film co-stars read like the who’s who of Hollywood, but it was on Broadway where she achieved her most critical acclaim. She spent nearly 20 years on the stage, earning two Tony awards.

In her later years, her film career saw a renaissance. She starred opposite Barbra Streisand in “The Mirror Has Two Faces,” earning her only Oscar nomination, and she was still acting in her 80s in such films as “Dogville” and “Birth,” both with Nicole Kidman.

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