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Legend of the silver screen Lauren Bacall dies aged 89

NEW YORK--“Anybody got a match?” was Lauren Bacall's first line, in Howard Hawks' “To Have and Have Not,” and, ever since, captive moviegoers have been desperately fumbling for a light.

Bacall, who died Tuesday in New York at age 89, seemed to live in black and white. Her slinky sultriness rose like an apparition from the dark shadows of 1940s film noir, her leopard-like eyes beaming from the dark, her smoky voice oozing wisdom beyond her years from the very start.

And what a start it was. Bacall arrived a fully formed screen goddess in 1944's “To Have and Have Not.” She was only 19 (less than half as old as Bogart) and had been plucked by Hawks from fashion (his wife, Slim Hawks, saw her in a magazine). But never mind. Bacall was already eye to eye with Bogart — not merely his girl, but an equally commanding presence. The movie promoted Bacall as “The ONLY kind of woman for his kind of man.”

“She's a real Joe,” Bogart once said. “You'll fall in love with her like everybody else.”

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This 1965 photo shows actress Lauren Bacall at her home in New York. Bacall, the sultry-voiced actress and Humphrey Bogart's partner both off and on the screen, died in New York on ...

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