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Lauren Bacall on TV: How Her Star Power Went Beyond the Big Screen

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Film legend Lauren Bacall, half of the iconic acting team of "Bogey and Bacall," is known for her sultry delivery of memorable lines during the Golden Age of Hollywood.

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However, she sometimes made her mark away from the big screen, too. Noting that she had been quoted as demeaning the exposure one gets on television for the amount of money that is paid. "They don't offer you much, and there's no point in that kind of exposure unless, first of all, you're paid well and, second of all, it's really good material," she was quoted as saying in an article on Yahoo.com. "I mean, good material comes before anything."

Bacall was recognized as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in Film History by Empire magazine in 1995, and in 1997, she was ranked 11th in Empire's Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time. Even with these accolades, she was only nominated once for an Academy Award, as a supporting actress for "The Mirror Has Two Faces" (1996), and received an honorary Oscar in 2009. Meanwhile, Bacall's television appearances earned her three Emmy Award nominations. Here are some of her memorable television appearances.

1. "Applause" (1973)
Bacall brought her Tony Award-winning performance to the small screen adaption of the musical. Playing opposite Larry Hagman as the love interest for the aging actress, Margo Channing, this TV adaption earned Bacall her first Emmy Award nomination.

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2. "The Rockford Files" (1979)
Bacall plays in the storyline of Kendall Warren, a jet-setter stalked by a would-be killer. The two-part episode, "Lions, Tigers, Monkeys and Dogs," earned Bacall another Emmy nomination. Rumors were spurred about romance between "The Rockford Files" star, James Garner, and Bacall during the filming, according to DVDTalk.com

3. "Chicago Hope" (1998)
Another two-part episode saw Bacall as a wealthy artist with an inoperable brain tumor. The then-73-year-old Bacall described the "Chicago Hope" role as "refreshing" in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, stating that it had been a while since she'd had a decent "offer of a movie" and reflected on a sad truth about Hollywood: "They were certainly not breaking down the doors for me."

4. "The Sopranos" (2006)
A cameo appearance on a star-studded episode of "The Sopranos" featured Bacall in town to present at an awards show. Co-star Ben Kingsley, also playing himself, introduces the characters of the show to Bacall poolside where they find out Bacall will receive a bag full of luxury items. Later, Bacall is mugged and punched in the face by Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli).

5." Family Guy" (2014)

This television appearance actually is Bacall's voice only, as she lending her voice talents to the Fox primetime cartoon. The plot line she is featured on has Peter (Seth McFarlane) being seduced by his late mother's longtime friend, Evelyn (Bacall). This was Bacall's last credited appearance.

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