Lauren Bacall was born Betty Joan Perske on September 16, 1924, the only child of William and Natalie (Weinstein-Bacal) Perske. Her father was a salesman from Alsace; her mother, the daughter of German-Rumanian immigrants, worked as an executive secretary. After they were divorced, her mother took the "Bacal" part of her maiden name. (Later, Bacall added another "l", and "Lauren" was a Hollywood addition.)
"My mother was the greatest example to me of anyone I've ever known. She worked hard all her life, and she was the one who set my values. She wanted me to have every opportunity and she supported me in whatever I wanted to do."
attended a boarding school in Tarrytown, N.Y., at first studying to
be a dancer. But by the time she was in high school her ambitions
focused entirely on acting. .
loved to dream about other worlds and other lives," Bacall says. "Maybe
that has something to do with having an incomplete family, being an
only child. All I know is I loved to pretend, and all that was
in tandem with my wanting to be an actress."
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