We’re counting down the 40 days to NYWIFT’s 40th Anniversary Muse Awards with a look at some of our favorite honorees, all women of vision and achievement who have contributed to the film and television industry. Join us as we look back at #Muse40for40, and buy your tickets for the Muse Awards on Tuesday, December 10th at nywift.org/muse!
#34: Lauren Bacall
By Margarita Sophia Cortes
Lauren Bacall is legendary actress from the Golden Age of motion pictures with at least 35 films under her belt. She received a Golden Globe Award and Academy Award nomination for The Mirror Has Two Faces. Bacall garnered two Tony Awards for Broadway musicals Applause and Woman of the Year and received an Academy Honorary Award in 2009. Her fame started with the film To Have and Have Not where she and co-star Humphrey Bogart fell in love and eventually married, becoming the most popular Hollywood couple at the time. Despite their age difference, they were married for 12 years before Bacall became a widow. Lauren Bacall received a Kennedy Center Honors in 1997 and authored 3 books.
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