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Lauren Bacall, First Cousin to Shimon Peres, Dead at 89

Lauren Bacall died peacefully in New York City at the age of 89.

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Israel's Ninth President, Shimon Peres

Israel's Ninth President, Shimon Peres
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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.

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.”

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

About the Author: 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


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  1. RachelGarber says:

    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. Cacao Blanc says:

    mes condoleances Mr Shimon Peres שמעון פרס

  3. Wow that is amazing! Rip♡

  4. Anna Cammett says:

    I liked her very much..amazing actress….

  5. A great lady! She is missed already. Kaddish…

  6. Successes of Jewish roots!

  7. Successes of Jewish roots!

  8. Joyce Myers says:

    Betty Joan Perske aka Lauren Bacall

  9. Hank Lukas says:

    Wow didn’t know. My condolences to Shimon peres.

  10. Hank Lukas says:

    Roni, why don’t you get lost.

  11. Hank Lukas says:

    Roni, why don’t you get lost.

  12. I didn’t know they were related.

  13. She is missed already

  14. She is missed already

  15. Judith Dowla says:

    Rest in Peace Lauren! May Shimon Peres be comforted by El Shaddai.

  16. Marc Lindsay says:

    Also Roni when you follow your advice and boycott Israel remember pentium chips and the processors in all apple computers were designed and/or built in Israel.

  17. Marc Lindsay says:

    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.

  18. Marc Lindsay says:

    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.

  19. Chez Israel says:

    RIP. Condolences Shimon

  20. Chez Israel says:

    RIP. Condolences Shimon

  21. what? first cousins with Shimon Peres, what a small world. .. that’s Jewish Geography

  22. Now I get Peres’ connection with Barbra Streisand, Bacall’s “on-screen partner and friend”.

  23. What a beautiful and classy woman.

  24. Did not know this. thanks for sharing

  25. Great actress, beautiful woman.R.I.P.

  26. Wow did not know that!

  27. Wondering if Peres will attend the funeral?

  28. great actress never knew that

  29. GaryFreedman says:

    She had a good life. An amazing life.

  30. SamBeatman117 says:

    MAY MS BACALL BE BOUND IN THE WEB OF LIFE

    REST IN PEACE

  31. JackieRozell says:

    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.

  32. BonnieBaumholtzTuft says:

    She was a beautiful woman. May her memory be a blessing. I hope she is able to rest in peace .

  33. MarinaPaixão says:

    she tougt us how to whistle: just put your lips together… and blow…

  34. SusanResnickSegal-Bonavitacola says:

    Hey Bonnie How are you


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