Celebrities React to the Death of Lauren Bacall

Lauren Bacall
Lauren Bacall

Lauren Bacall was more than an actress — she was an icon. The star died on Tuesday morning of a stroke. As news broke of her passing, famous figures took to social media and other channels to share their tributes.

Barbra Streisand played Bacall’s daughter in the 1996 movie The Mirror Has Two Faces. ”What a terrible loss for us all,” she said in a statement. “First Robin [Williams] who was a genius and now Lauren. It was my privilege to have known her, to have acted with her, and to have directed her. And, most of all, to have had her as a wise and loving friend. She was an original. Even with all those great films we can visit again and again, she will be missed.”

Liza Minnelli said in a statement, ”She was a great friend to my family and especially to me. We all loved her, as she was one of a kind. I’ll miss her very much.”

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Marlee Matlin shared a fitting memory of the tough-as-nails star: “When I told my pal # LaurenBacall I had boyfriend troubles she said “Men, f**k ‘em!” Give ‘em hell in heaven Betty RIP.”

The estate of the late Humphrey Bogart — Bacall’s famed flame on-and-off screen — was among the first to share the news: “With deep sorrow, yet with great gratitude for her amazing life, we confirm the passing of Lauren Bacall.”

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences remembered Bacall with one of her quotes: “I’ve been very lucky in life.”

Alec Baldwin couldn’t help from passing along a book recommendation along with his tribute to Bacall. “The great Betty Bacall is gone. Read her first autobiography, BY MYSELF. I love that book.”

Film critic Richard Roeper posted a photo (above) along with the tribute, “Lauren Bacall was a great beauty. A natural to be filmed and photographed in glorious black and white.”

E.L. James, writer of the steamy Fifty Shades of Grey bestseller, quoted a famous line the late actress once said in 1944’s To Have and Have Not: “You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.” 

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Mia Farrow, who referred to her as “dear Betty,” remembered the late actress as “great.”

La Toya Jackson called Bacall a “beautiful talent!” 

“I had the amazing opportunity to work with Lauren Bacall in the movie Diamonds,” Jenny McCarthy shared on Twitter, along with a photo (above). ”She was one of a kind.”

"Too much loss this week…RIP Lauren Bacall,” former Wonder Woman TV star Lynda Carter shared, also referencing the death of Robin Williams.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, of TV’s Modern Family, shared a photo on Instagram along with the note, “Rest in peace Lauren Bacall. I’m honored to have met you. A true class act who will be missed.”

Thor series actress Jaimie Alexander echoed the thought, writing on Twitter, “Wow. Another legend gone. RIP Lauren Bacall. You inspired me beyond measure.”

Nancy Sinatra reacted similarly to news of Bacall’s death: “I read that and if it’s true we’ve lost another friend. Losses come in threes they say.”

Bring It On actress Eliza Dushku tweeted the above photo of the screen siren with the note, “Another legend. Goodnight, beauty.”

Bacall was one-time Screen Actor’s Guild Award winner for her 1996 role in The Mirror Has Two Faces. SAG tweeted, “…saddened to hear of the loss of [a] Hollywood icon.”

The American Film Institute shared, simply, “Rest in peace.”

“Rest with the angels, Lauren Bacall,” wrote Alyssa Milano.

Photo credits: Everett, Jenny McCarthy