‘Pretty Little Liars’ Star Honors Lauren Bacall With A Tribute To Her Famous Voice

'You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve?'

While the pop culture world was busy mourning Robin Williams, another iconic Hollywood voice — albeit one from a much different era — was silenced on August 12. Lauren Bacall, known as much for her sultry good looks and marriage to Humphrey Bogart during Hollywood’s golden age as she was for her impressive body of work, died of a stroke on Tuesday. She was 89 years old.


89 years ain’t too shabby — for Bacall, it was long enough to garner dozens of films, a Broadway career, two Tonys, an honorary Academy Award, two marriages, three children, multiple grandchildren, and two autobiographies — but as Stephen Colbert said when his 92-year-old mother died, the good fortune of a long life “does not diminish, it only magnifies, the enormity of the room whose door has now quietly shut.”

Now, no one is blaming Hollywood or social media for focusing so much attention on Williams, because his premature death begs attention for a much larger issue, and his voice is one that brought joy to so many people who are still alive and kicking today.

But “Pretty Little Liars” actress Troian Bellisario hit the nail on the head with an Instagram post from last night, which perfectly encapsulated why so many people, especially women, were so affected by Bacall — because the 5-foot-8, deep-voiced actress introduced the movie world to a new kind of femininity that had not yet been embraced on screen.

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