Lauren Bacall

by Lil Vacha on April 10, 2010

Birth Name: Betty Joan Perske

Date of Birth: September 16, 1924

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Death: August 12, 2014

Place of Death: New York City, New York, U.S.

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Lauren Bacall was an American actress and model.

Her father, Wulf/William Perske, was born in New Jersey, to Polish Jewish parents. Her mother, Natalie Weinstein-Bacal, was a Romanian Jewish emigrant, whose parents were from Iași.

Through her father, Lauren was a relative of Israeli Prime Minister and President Shimon Peres, who was born Szymon Perski (though Shimon Peres had said that they were not first cousins, as has sometimes been reported). Lauren was married to actors Humphrey Bogart, until his death, and Jason Robards. She had two children with Humphrey and a son, actor Sam Robards, with Jason.

Lauren’s paternal grandfather was Hyman “Herman” Perske (the son of Yehuda Avraham Perski). Yehuda was the son of Hirsch Perski.

Lauren’s paternal grandmother was Rebecca “Betsey/Betsy/Bessie” Frankel (the daughter of Abraham Frankel and Richama Alexander).

Lauren’s maternal grandfather was Max/Maximillian Weinstein/Weinstein-Bacal (the son of Meyer Weinstein-Bacal and Leah).

Lauren’s maternal grandmother was named Sophie/Sofia Josipovici.

Sources: Genealogies of Lauren Bacall –

Lauren’s father on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Lauren Bacall (“Betty Persky”) on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Photo by s_bukley/

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

bablah September 7, 2017 at 9:41 am

Max/Maximillian Weinstein/Weinstein-Bacal and Sophie/Sofia-Max/Maximillian Weinstein/Weinstein-Bacal and Sophie/Sofia Josipovici

bablah September 7, 2017 at 9:43 am

both were from Iași, Romania

andrew August 6, 2017 at 5:56 am
andrew January 27, 2017 at 6:12 pm
Adrian1Cram February 12, 2016 at 10:58 pm

Such an old picture.

Holly88 October 18, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Very beautiful and she had such a distinctive look about her…..

ashash April 10, 2015 at 10:08 pm
Jo April 12, 2011 at 5:23 pm

no comments?!

Anyway she was such a beautiful, exotic woman. Love her (though I wish she had been a bit classier).

Angantyr February 12, 2012 at 1:53 am

You don’t think she is classy? Why?

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