(JNS.org) Jewish-American actress Lauren Bacall died Tuesday from a stroke at the age of 89.
Bacall was a successful star with a femme fatale image in 1940s Hollywood. She was married to Hollywood icon Humphrey Bogart, with whom she also acted in many films. Bacall was featured in the American Film Institute (AFI) list of the top 25 actress legends, and was named by People magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world.
Bacall was born Betty Joan Perske in New York City in 1924 to Jewish immigrants from Poland and Romania. She was also a cousin of former Israeli Prime Minister and President Shimon Peres ( born Szymon Perski). She left behind three children—Leslie and Stephen, whom she had with Bogart, and Sam, a son from an eight-year marriage to the actor Jason Robards.