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She won two Tony Awards.

Bacall worked on Broadway in musicals, earning Tony Awards for Applause in 1970 and Woman of the Year in 1981.

Here she is as Margot Channing in the gay bar scene from Applause:

Applause is a musical with a book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, lyrics by Lee Adams, and music by Charles Strouse. The musical is based on the 1950 film All About Eve and the short story on which the movie is based, Mary Orr's "The Wisdom of Eve". The story centers on aging star Margo Channing, who innocently takes a fledgling actress under her wing, unaware that the ruthless Eve is plotting to steal her career and her man.

The musical opened on Broadway on March 30, 1970 and ran for 896 performances. It won the Tony Award for Best Musical, and Lauren Bacall won the Tony for Best Actress in a Musical.

And here she is at the 1981 Tony Awards, with a number from Woman of the Year:

Woman of the Year is a musical with a book by Peter Stone and score by John Kander and Fred Ebb.

Based on the Ring Lardner Jr.-Michael Kanin screenplay for the 1942 Katharine Hepburn-Spencer Tracy film of the same name, the musical changes the newspaper reporters of the original to television personality Tess Harding and cartoonist Sam Craig, who experience difficulty merging their careers with their marriage.

She wrote the book (also from Woman of the Year):

When she opened her mouth in “To Have and Have Not” — taking a long drag on a cigarette while locking Humphrey Bogart in her gaze — she staked a claim on the screen and made an immortal Hollywood debut. But in 1944 at the exquisitely tender age of 19, she was also projecting an indelible screen persona: that of the tough, quick-witted American woman who could fight the good fight alongside her man.

She may not have been Rosie the Riveter and building bombers, but there was something about Ms. Bacall, a New York girl turned Hollywood starlet, that suggested a stubborn strength that could stand up to the times. The movie is best remembered for its oft-quoted whistle line (oh, you know how), but there’s far more to Ms. Bacall’s performance than that bit of dialogue. Liberally adapted from the Hemingway novel, the Howard Hawks film would cement Bogart as a romantic lead after “Casablanca.” He plays Morgan, a.k.a. Steve, a caustic American who charters his fishing boat off the coast of Vichy-controlled Martinique. Ms. Bacall plays Marie, a.k.a. Slim, a thief and possibly a prostitute who lifts a wallet off a chump under Bogart’s watch, but later helps him smuggle French partisans out of the country.


For Tyler, the results were mannered and synthetic. Yet he also rightly pinpointed an androgynous quality in Ms. Bacall that helped distinguish her debut and made it such a playful gloss on the classic femme fatale: “Her Hepburnesque Garbotoon, clearly confirmed in her subsequent pictures, equals Dietrich travestied by a boyish voice.” Like Garbo and Dietrich, two other goddesses that Tyler invoked, Ms. Bacall’s on-screen presence in “To Have and Have Not” draws on both feminine and masculine qualities that suggest an excitingly capable woman. Guided by Hawks, Ms. Bacall calmed her trembling chin, gave Bogart a sexy little slap and filled out her character with so much personality that she transcended her third billing (after Walter Brennan) to become an erotic emblem of American wit and war-ready grit.{%222%22%3A%22RI%3A13%22}&_r=0
But Lauren Bacall, who died on Tuesday at age 89, never shed her quintessentially New York personality. When she was in her 50s, the writer Stephen Birmingham described her as “the earthy, salty, sardonic and self-mocking woman — New York housewife and mother of three who usually tossed an old sweater over her blouse and slacks when she went out to walk her dog in the park.”


Mr. Birmingham wrote that Ms. Bacall walked her dog in Central Park in the days when many New Yorkers shied away from the park after dark — even before Strawberry Fields was a memorial to John Lennon, a neighbor in the Dakota. “Miss Bacall’s bold stride suggested a woman who might give any muggers a run for their money,” Mr. Birmingham wrote.


“She didn’t like the press much,” the columnist Liz Smith said on Wednesday. “She was trained by experts, Bogie and Frank Sinatra, and this is my big memory of her. She’d come in a room and see me and say, ‘Liz, am I speaking to you?’ And I would say, ‘I hope so, Miss Bacall.’ ”

One classy lady who could curse like a stevedore: and I adored her.

Slate has the best tribute, with clips and all. Please go there:

Performing at the 1970 Tony Awards, with a number that encapsulates why stage actors love the stage: "Applause" ~

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