File - In Feb. 1950 actor Humphrey Bogart, left, and his wife, actress Lauren Bacall, appear at the Stork Club in New York. (AP)
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Lauren Bacall had one of those incredible lives.Unlike Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, Bogart and Bacall were not a story of opposites attracting but of kindred, smoldering spirits.After Bogart's death, she continued to forge her own distinct path. Pity anyone who knocked Bogart, crossed one of her friends or voted Republican.Betty later added the extra "L" when she became an actress.The wife of film director Howard Hawks recommended her for movies, and Bacall went to Hollywood under a contract.Bogart and Bacall made three more movies together, and bantered best in the classic adaptation of Raymond Chandler's "The Big Sleep".But the party began to wind down in 1956, when Bogart was diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus. On the night of Jan. 14, 1957, Bogart grabbed his wife's arm and muttered, "Goodbye, kid". Bacall had a brief, disastrous engagement to Sinatra and a troubled, eight-year marriage to Jason Robards Jr., with whom she had a son.
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