Lauren Bacall, sultry film actress and fashion icon, died today at the age of 89. "With deep sorrow for the magnitude of our loss, yet with great gratitude for her amazing life, we confirm the passing of Lauren Bacall," the Humphrey Bogart Estate wrote on its Facebook page.
Bacall made her movie debut in 1944’s To Have and Have Not, in which she famously asked her future husband Bogart, “You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.” She went on to star in films including The Big Sleep (1946), How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) and The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996), the latter of which earned her an Academy Award nomination. Over the course of her six-decade-long career, her husky voice, undeniable beauty and smouldering stare—known simply as "The Look"—became her calling cards.
Bacall paved the way for the Angelina Jolies, the Jennifer Lawrences, the Lupita Nyong’os and the Sandra Bullocks of today. Without this remarkable screen legend, Hollywood—and its leading ladies—would look very different today. She will be greatly missed.