->''You know how to whistle don't you, Steve? You just put your lips together... and blow.''
-->-- '''"Slim"''' (Lauren Bacall) in ''Film/ToHaveAndHaveNot''

Lauren Bacall was one of the best, sexiest and sexiest-voiced actresses of 1940s and '50s Hollywood. Known for her range as an actress, she could do everything from serious, FilmNoir dramatic roles like ''Film/TheBigSleep'' to ridiculous comedies of errors like 1953's ''Film/HowToMarryAMillionaire'' (with BettyGrable and Creator/MarilynMonroe).

Born Betty Joan Perske in 1924, she had a career that is a real example of FollowYourDreams: After her parents separated, her mother encouraged the young Betty to make it big in show business. After a [[StageNames name change]] and [[DyeHard hair coloring]] (the name "Perske" sounded too Jewish, apparently), she did. Bacall appeared in four movies with Creator/HumphreyBogart, whom she married [[MayDecemberRomance despite being over 20 years younger than him]].

Starting in TheSixties, she stopped really appearing in films, but had a rather successful career on Broadway and as a liberal activist. She also voiced the idents for PBS from 1996 to 2003 (in one version, Bacall herself appeared, as that set of idents had people like Chris Rock lifting a disc with the 'P-Head' symbol over their faces as small acrobats appeared around them)

She often got {{Tsundere}}-type roles, proof that the trope is older than anime.

Incidentally, Bacall is a first cousin of Shimon Peres, UsefulNotes/{{Israel}}'s current president and former prime minister, who won the Nobel Peace Prize with Rabin and Arafat for trying to fix the UsefulNotes/ArabIsraeliConflict. Peres was born Szymon Perski. One wonders what their family reunions (if any) are like.


!!Partial filmography:
* ''Film/ToHaveAndHaveNot'' (1944)
* ''Film/TheBigSleep'' (1946)
* ''Film/DarkPassage'' (1947)
* ''Film/KeyLargo'' (1948)
* ''Film/HowToMarryAMillionaire'' (1953)
* ''Literature/MurderOnTheOrientExpress'' (1974)
* ''Film/TheShootist'' (1976)
* ''Literature/{{Misery}}'' (1990)
* ''Film/TheMirrorHasTwoFaces'' (1996)
* ''Film/{{Dogville}}'' (2003)
!!Lauren Bacall displays examples of:
* DyeHard: Naturally a brunette, she dyed her hair red as a career move, and stuck with it.
* [[LastOfHisKind Last of Her Kind:]] She's one of a very select few members of The Golden Age of Hollywood who's still around. More specifically, of the 15 giants of Old Hollywood that Madonna name checks in the song "Vogue," she's the only one still alive, at nearly 90 years old.
* StageName, given to her by Creator/HowardHawks. Her close friends still call her "Betty," though, and Bogie called her "Baby."
* ThoseTwoActors: With her husband, Creator/HumphreyBogart.
* {{Tsundere}}: Her screen persona.