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Israel's Ninth President, Shimon Peres

One of the most beautiful movie actresses to grace the silver screen, Lauren Bacall, died on Tuesday, August 12, at the age of 89.

Bacall’s original name was betty Joan Perske. Bacall was born on September 16, 1924, in New York City. Her mother’s name was Natalie Weinstein-Bacal, her father, from whom her mother was divorced when Bacall was five years old, was William Perske. Her father and the father of Shimon Peres were brothers from Wolozyn, Poland.

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Lauren Bacall became a film star at age 19, and married Humphrey Bogart when she was 21. She was in dozens of major films such as “To Have and Have Not,” “The Big Sleep,” “Key Largo,” and “How to Marry a Millionaire.”

Bacall was also a star of the stage, and won two Tony awards. One was for the role of Margo Channing in “Applause,” a musical created from the fabulous film “All About Eve,” which starred Bette Davis.

The Los Angeles Times reported Bacall’s death was confirmed by Robbert de Klerk, the co-managing partner of the Humphrey Bogart Estate.

“She passed away peacefully earlier today in New York,” according to family, de Klerk said.

About her Jewishness, Bacall had this to say:

“I don’t think being the only child of a single parent helped. I was always a little unsteady in my self-belief. Then there was the Jewish thing. I love being Jewish, I have no problem with it at all. But it did become like a scar, with all these people saying you don’t look it.”

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Lori Lowenthal Marcus is a contributor to the JewishPress.com. A graduate of Harvard Law School, she previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools. You can reach her by email: Lori@JewishPressOnline.com

50 COMMENTS

  1. What does a Jew look like, across the broad spectrum of very dark to very pale skinned, curly hair, straight hair, fine featured or broad featured, from all over the world, literally we are everywhere, or I suppose we are from everywhere.

  2. Roni. Even if all the allegations made by Hamas against Israeli soldiers were true, which they are not, but if they were, they don’t compare to what Hamas does all the time. They murder prisoners. Attack civilians, women and children and openly admit this. Target Jews around the world. Use their own people as shields. Kill their own children to get public sympathy saying Israelis did this. If you think that is justified then there should be no problem with it going both ways. Why would Israel have removed all the Jews out of Gaza 9 years ago and given it to the Palestinians if they wanted them all dead? There is no logic to the demonization of Jews and Israel. Only Hamas trying to destroy Israel instead of coexisting.

  3. Roni. Even if all the allegations made by Hamas against Israeli soldiers were true, which they are not, but if they were, they don’t compare to what Hamas does all the time. They murder prisoners. Attack civilians, women and children and openly admit this. Target Jews around the world. Use their own people as shields. Kill their own children to get public sympathy saying Israelis did this. If you think that is justified then there should be no problem with it going both ways. Why would Israel have removed all the Jews out of Gaza 9 years ago and given it to the Palestinians if they wanted them all dead? There is no logic to the demonization of Jews and Israel. Only Hamas trying to destroy Israel instead of coexisting.

  4. I loved her… the star she was, the gracious lady she was, the talent she was, the private person she was, the woman who loved Humphrey Bogart, my favorite actor. I will always remember you, Lady of the Silver Screen.

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