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Bacall, Laurenlocked

(16 Sept. 1924–12 Aug. 2014)
  • Brenda Scott Royce

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Bacall, Lauren (16 Sept. 1924–12 Aug. 2014), actress, was born Betty Joan Perske in the Bronx, New York, the only child of William Perske, a salesman, and Natalie Weinstein-Bacal, a secretary. Her parents divorced when she was young, and she was raised in Manhattan by her mother and grandmother, both Romanian Jewish immigrants. Betty attended Highland Manor school in Tarrytown and Julia Richman High School in Manhattan. At sixteen, longing for a career in the theater, she enrolled at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, alongside future film star Kirk Douglas. Her tuition put a strain on the working-class family’s finances, and she left the school after one year....

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