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Lauren Bacall dies in NY; Golden-Age star was 89

A photograph signed by Lauren Bacall is seen at Bonhams and Butterfields on April 14, 2011 in Los Angeles during a preview before an auction.
A photograph signed by Lauren Bacall is seen at Bonhams and Butterfields on April 14, 2011 in Los Angeles during a preview before an auction.
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A photograph signed by Lauren Bacall is seen at Bonhams and Butterfields on April 14, 2011 in Los Angeles during a preview before an auction.
December 1946: Actress Lauren Bacall wearing an all wool suit designed by Leah Rhodes.
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A photograph signed by Lauren Bacall is seen at Bonhams and Butterfields on April 14, 2011 in Los Angeles during a preview before an auction.
April 16, 1951: Humphrey De Forest Bogart (1899 - 1957), American film actor with his wife Lauren Bacall, originally Betty Joan Perske
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A photograph signed by Lauren Bacall is seen at Bonhams and Butterfields on April 14, 2011 in Los Angeles during a preview before an auction.
March 4, 1954: Film stars Lauren Bacall and, on right, Marilyn Monroe (1926 - 1962) share a joke.
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A photograph signed by Lauren Bacall is seen at Bonhams and Butterfields on April 14, 2011 in Los Angeles during a preview before an auction.
Model, theater and film actress Lauren Bacall.
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A photograph signed by Lauren Bacall is seen at Bonhams and Butterfields on April 14, 2011 in Los Angeles during a preview before an auction.
Screen legend Lauren Bacall during a photocall for the film 'The Walker' by US sirector Paul Schrader and presented out of competition during the 57th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin Feb. 13, 2007.
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A photograph signed by Lauren Bacall is seen at Bonhams and Butterfields on April 14, 2011 in Los Angeles during a preview before an auction.
Circa 1954: Actress Lauren Bacall with the photographer Baron and another cast member.
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A photograph signed by Lauren Bacall is seen at Bonhams and Butterfields on April 14, 2011 in Los Angeles during a preview before an auction.
Actress Lauren Bacall.
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A photograph signed by Lauren Bacall is seen at Bonhams and Butterfields on April 14, 2011 in Los Angeles during a preview before an auction.
Film star Humphrey De Forest Bogart (1899-1957) and his fourth wife Lauren Bacall walk their son Stevie through the grounds of Isleworth film studios, where he had been working on "The African Queen."
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A photograph signed by Lauren Bacall is seen at Bonhams and Butterfields on April 14, 2011 in Los Angeles during a preview before an auction.
Actress Lauren Bacall lights The Empire State Building to honor the 125th Anniversary of the American Academy of the Dramatic Arts on Oct. 2, 2009 in New York City.
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Actress Lauren Bacall has died, according to the estate of her former husband Humphrey Bogart, which confirmed the news on social media. Co-manager of the Estate Robbert de Klerk told NBC News that Bacall died of a stroke early Tuesday. Bacall's son Stephen Bogart confirmed her death to de Klerk, the Associated Press reports. She was 89 years old.

Humphrey Bogart tweet

She made her name in the 1944 film "To Have and Have Not" with the classic line, "You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow."

You Know How To Whistle

"[Acting] gives me a reason to get up in the morning, not to be overlooked," Bacall told the Florida Sun-Sentinel in 2001. "I never understood retirement."

The actress starred in other classic 1940s films including "The Big Sleep," "Key Largo" and "Dark Passage." She continued to act throughout her life, even appearing as herself on "The Sopranos."

Lauren Bacall on the Sopranos

On her reputation for being difficult, Bacall wrote in her memoir "By Myself":

"I believe in the truth, and I believe in saying what you think. Why not? Do you have to go around whispering all the time or playing a game with people? I just don’t believe in that. So I’m not the most adored person on the face of the earth."

Bacall was married to Bogart until his death in 1957. She later married and divorced actor Jason Robards.

"The only thing that I am not pleased about is when people only talk about 'Bogie' to me as though I had no other life at all," she told NPR in a 2005 interview. "When I had, unfortunately, many, many more years without him than I did with him."

Bacall won numerous awards, including an honorary Academy Award in 2009.

She'd previously been nominated for her work in "The Mirror Has Two Faces" with Barbra Streisand.

Bacall in The Mirror Has Two Faces

She won two Tony Awards for Best Actress. She also received an honorary Golden Globe award.

Golden Globe acceptance speech

Bacall also appeared at the 1987 Academy Awards for a segment on fashion:

1987 Academy Awards

Watch more clips of Bacall:

To Have and Have Not anybody got a match clip

Lauren Bacall in Murder on the Orient Express

Some of Lauren Bacall's most famous lines

Bacall in Designing Woman

Bacall in Harper

Storify: Lauren Bacall

This story has been updated.