Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall He was a hard-drinking Warner Bros. star embroiled in a violent marriage with boozy actress Mayo Methot -- they were known as the "battling Bogarts." She was a leggy 19-year-old theater actress and model who was new to Hollywood. And movie history was made when director Howard Hawks teamed the 44-year-old Bogey with Bacall in 1944's "To Have and Have Not." They sizzled on screen, with Bacall delivering such indelible lines to Bogey as "You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow." The two married in May 1945 and made three more features together: 1946's "The Big Sleep," 1947's "Dark Passage" -- their weakest vehicle -- and 1948's "Key Largo." In 1955, they appeared in the live TV version of "The Petrified Forest," with Bogey playing Duke Mantee, the role he had originated two decades earlier on Broadway. He died of cancer in 1957. Methot never controlled her temper or her drinking and died alone in a low-rent hotel room in Oregon in 1951 at the age of 47. Her body wasn't found until several days after her death.
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