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Update August 14: Broadway will go dark: The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in memory of Lauren Bacall on Friday, August 15, at exactly 7:45 p.m. for one minute.
One of the leading ladies of Hollywood’s Golden Age died today after a stroke. The sultry, fiery Lauren Bacall was 89. MSNBC’s Thomas Robert broke the news in a tweet, and the Bogart estate has confirmed it. She was famous for starring — onscreeen and off — with Humphrey Bogart in such 1940s classics as The Big Sleep, To Have and Have Not, Dark Passage and Key Largo. In one of Hollywood’s great love stories, they married in 1945 and stayed together until his death in 1957. Four years later she married another acting legend, Jason Robards Jr.; they divorced in 1969.
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Bacall worked in films consistently through the mid-1960s and »
- Erik Pedersen
Lauren Bacall, the sultry blonde siren who became an overnight star via a memorable film debut at age 19 opposite Humphrey Bogart in Howard Hawks’ “To Have and Have Not,” died Tuesday of a suspected stroke at her home in the Dakota in Manhattan. She was 89.
The Bogart estate confirmed the news on Twitter.
Variety’s review of the 1944 film described her as “a young lady of presence,” and audiences immediately embraced her gravel-voiced and sultry persona. The voice was said to have come from a year shouting into a canyon. Regardless, “the Look,” her slinky, pouty-lipped head-lowered stare, influenced a generation of actresses.
After a 50-year career, she received her first Oscar nomination for supporting actress for her role as Barbra Streisand’s mother in 1997’s “The Mirror Has Two Faces.” Though considered a shoo-in, she didn’t win. However, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences gave her a 2009 Governors Award for life achievement. »
- Richard Natale
The signing is a coup for Wme as Burrows is the reigning dean of sitcom pilot directors, with credits that range from “Cheers” (which he co-created with Glen and Les Charles) and “Taxi” to “Friends” and “The Big Bang Theory.” Burrows has been represented since the mid-1970s by Bob Broder, first at the Broder Kurland agency and then at ICM.
Broder, who segued from agenting to run Chuck Lorre Prods. in 2012, is the only talent rep Burrows has ever had. He will remain a key adviser to Burrows.
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Wme TV chief Rick Rosen spearheaded the effort to bring Burrows to the agency. Wme also reps the estate of Burrows’ father, famed playwright Abe Burrows, through the latter’s association with the former William Morris Agency. »
- Cynthia Littleton
Prolific multi-camera comedy director James Burrows has signed with Wme. The move is a logical step for the Emmy winner following his agent Bob Broder’s departure from ICM Partners in fall 2012 to run the company of another longtime client, Chuck Lorre. Unlike the common representation practice where a client is handled by a team of agents, Burrows and Broder had an old-school relationship, with Broder the only agent Burrows had ever had and the only person in his life representation-wise. Despite his exit from agenting, Broder has remained very involved in Burrows’ career and will continue to play a major advisory role going forward. The Wme signing stems from a long-standing relationship Burrows has had with the agency and its predecessor Wma, which has represented the estate of his father, Broadway writer-director Abe Burrows, and has worked with James on various theater projects. Related: Brian Swardstrom Moves To UTA »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
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