Yesterday, the world lost an American icon. Lauren Bacall, beloved film and Broadway actress, passed away at 89 years old. She started her career with a bang, appearing on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar. Born Betty Joan Perske, Lauren quickly went from model to high-profile Hollywood actress. Soon after her big debut on the fashion magazine, she was cast to star alongside future husband, Humphrey Bogart in To Have and Have Not in 1944 at the age of 19. A year later, she was married to her leading man, with whom she stayed married until his death in 1957.
The actress enjoyed an illustrious career, starring in classic films like The Big Sleep, Designing Woman, Harper and Murder on the Orient Express. But besides her film roles and knockout good looks, Lauren will always be remembered for her signature stare. Piercing, smoldering, intense and sexy, the star knew how to throw a look. She was like the OG of the smize, a term coined by model Tyra Banks decades after Lauren perfected her penetrating glance.
So, in honor of the icon’s wonderful life, work and influence on culture, we remember that haunting look that to this day is just as intense and compelling as it was over 70 years ago.