Lauren Bacall, Bronx Native, Dead At 89

Born Betty Joan Perske in the Bronx, Lauren Bacall went on to become a global star of screen and stage.  She exemplified her home borough, with her laurenbacallandhumphreycombination of toughness and grace, beauty and intensity. While she has made her home a few stops from the borough in Manhattan’s famed Dakota residence for many decades, once a Bronxite, always a Bronxite.  

“The people of The Bronx are saddened by the passing of Lauren Bacall, a Bronx native and a true legend of stage and screen. Ms. Bacall did not just wow us on the screen, however, as her philanthropic work with numerous charities–particularly her work with groups fighting HIV/AIDS–is just as worthy of recognition as any of her dramatic works. I am sorry to learn of her passing, and I and my staff will keep Ms. Bacall and her family in our thoughts during their time of loss,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.

Look at those eyes folks.  I’m talking about Humphrey, looking at her. That look. Her spell.

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