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The 5 Roles That Defined Lauren Bacall's Career

Friday, 08 May 2015 04:58 PM

Lauren Bacall's iconic acting career in film and stage spanned some 70 years, starring in some of Hollywood's most memorable films and alongside other film legends, like her real-life husband Humphrey Bogart.

Bacall, selected by the American Film Institute as one of the top 25 American female film legends of all time, will be defined by a handful of roles that she will likely always be remembered for by movie audiences and film critics.

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Here are some of the roles that set Bacall apart from other actresses during her career:

1. Marie "Slim" Browning, "To Have and Have Not" (1944)

Tim Robey of The Telegraph called Bacall's
first performance opposite Bogart "a strong candidate for the most stellar film debut of all time." At 19, Bacall was the new kid on the block, but was fearless in her career-making role.

She also delivered one of most memorable movie lines in film history, addressing Bogart's character, "You know you don't have to act with me, Steve. You don't have to say anything and you don't have to do anything. Not a thing. Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow."

2. Nora Temple,"Key Largo" (1948)

In her last film with Bogart, Elizabeth Weitzman of the New York Daily News wrote that while playing opposite her husband and antagonist Edward G. Robinson, that "many actresses of the day might have faded into the background, or played hysterical. But Bacall kept her cool as nobody else could."

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3. Schatze Page, "How To Marry a Millionaire" (1953)

Despite getting third billing behind two other female film icons, Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable, Bacall shined portraying the oldest of three models plotting to nab rich husbands. Sean Axmaker, of the Today Show said, "While Grable (who was actually a decade older than Bacall) and Monroe are sweet and seductive in this romantic comedy, Bacall plays it cool, tapping her strength and stillness to portray a savvy, stylish schemer."

4. Hannah Morgan, "The Mirror Has Two Faces" (1996)

Bacall reinvented herself later in her career and that effort was a reward with her lone Academy Award nomination for best supporting actress playing Barbra Streisand's "overbearing" mother. "The two powerhouse actresses clashed perfectly in the winning comedy, with Bacall coming out on top for the pure entertainment value of her scathing and narcissistic performance," wrote Jason Hughes, of The Wrap.

5. Margo Channing, "Applause" (1970)

Bacall won the first of her two Tony Awards in the musical, according to The National. The New York Daily News wrote: "The show's book writers Betty Comden and Adolph Green crafted the story for (Bacall), and noted in the souvenir program: 'When Miss Bacall enters a million-watt bulb miraculously switched on inside people's heads. And when she lets out her dirty, throaty laugh … the occasion becomes a celebration of life.'"

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