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Stars remember Lauren Bacall

Barbra Streisand is one of many stars to pay tribute to Lauren Bacall following her death.

The Hollywood icon died at her home after suffering a massive stroke yesterday. She was 89 and the news was confirmed by the Humphrey Bogart estate - Lauren was married to Humphrey from 1945 until his death in 1957.

Stars have been paying tribute to the To Have and Have Not actress, whose death came just a day after comedian Robin Williams passed away with preliminary reports stating he committed suicide by hanging.

“What a terrible loss for us all. First Robin who was a genius and now Lauren,” Barbra told ew.com. “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.”

Lauren and Barbra starred alongside each other in 1996 film The Mirror Has Two Faces, playing mother and daughter Hannah and Rose Morgan.

Seth MacFarlane is the creator of Family Guy, where Lauren also appeared. He has spoken of his shock at hearing of her passing.

“Lauren Bacall’s life is a life to be celebrated. I am told her last performance was on Family Guy. For that we are forever honoured and privileged. Thank you, Lauren, for teaching us all how to whistle,” he told the publication, in reference to Lauren’s iconic line in To Have and Have Not: ““You know how to whistle, don’t you? You just put your lips together... and blow.”

Other stars have used Twitter to pay tribute to the Hollywood great, with Mia Farrow and Jenny McCarthy among those to post messages about Lauren.

“Sad to hear we've lost one of the last legends of the Golden Age of Hollywood. I met Lauren Bacall once... a serious "pinch me!" moment! (sic),” burlesque star Dita Von Teese wrote.

Showing the late star’s impact even reached today’s young actresses, Pretty Little Liars star Troian Bellisario also wrote a message about Lauren.

“When I was younger I was so embarrassed of my voice. I thought it was too low, too raspy and not lady like. Then when I was 16 my father showed me Lauren Bacall in "To Have and Have Not" and he said "see baby, she's got a voice like yours and it was one of the things people loved about her, one day you will love having your voice too". From the minute you saw her. You fell in love with her sly grin, her feline arching eyebrows and of course her deep warm voice (sic),” she wrote.

Lauren was nominated for many awards throughout her career and in 2009 received an honorary Oscar for in recognition of her central place in the Golden Age of motion pictures.

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