Film icon Lau­ren Ba­call dies

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS -

HOLLYWOODLEGENDLau­renBa­call, con­sid­ered one of the last re­main­ing icons of cin­ema’s golden age, died at home in New York on Tues­day at the age of 89.

Born Betty Jean Perske in New York in 1924, the Jewish ac­tress was the only child of a Ro­ma­nian mother and Pol­ish fa­ther. She changed her name to a mod­i­fied ver­sion of her mother’s maiden name when she be­gan her act­ing ca­reer.

She starred in clas­sics such as The Big Sleep and To Have and Have Not, and mar­ried Humphrey Bog­art in 1945. In 2009, she was given an honorary Os­car in recog­ni­tion of “her cen­tral place in the golden age of mo­tion pic­tures”.

Ms Ba­call was a cousin of for­mer Is­raeli pres­i­dent Shi­mon Peres.

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