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Lauren Bacall: Her Life in Pictures

From movie siren to Broadway star, the actress had a life filled with highs and lows. Follow some of her most memorable moments

A MODEST START

Born Betty Joan Perske to Jewish parents in New York City in 1924, Bacall – who passed away at age 89 on Aug. 12 at her New York City home – parlayed her sultry good looks into a modeling career. Bacall's early ambitions also led to acting lessons as a teenager at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where her classmate was Kirk Douglas.