Date of Birth : Sep 16th 1924
Bacall studied acting for 13 years, taking lessons at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. During this time, she became a theatre usher and worked as a fashion model. As Betty Bacall, she made her acting debut on Broadway in 1942, in Johnny 2 X 4.
During screen tests for To Have and Have Not (1944), Bacall was nervous. To minimize her quivering, she pressed her chin against her chest and to face the camera, tilted her eyes upward. This effect became known as ‘The Look’, Bacall’s trademark. Hawks cast her and gave her the first name Lauren.
Bacall turned down scripts she didn’t find interesting and thereby earned a reputation for being difficult. Yet, for her leads in a string of films, she received favorable reviews. In Young Man with a Horn (1950), co-starring Doris Day and Kirk Douglas, Bacall played a two-faced femme fatale, with more than a hint of lesbianism to her character. Bacall starred in the CinemaScope comedy How to Marry a Millionaire in 1953, a runaway hit that saw her teaming up with Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable.
Bacall’s movie career waned in the 1960s, and she was only seen in a handful of films.
Bacall received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1997. In 1999, she was voted one of the 25 most significant female movie stars in history by the American Film Institute. Since then, her movie career has seen a new renaissance and she has attracted respectful notices for her performances in high-profile projects such as Dogville (2003) and Birth (2004), both with Nicole Kidman. She is one of the leading actors in Paul Schrader’s 2007 movie The Walker.