Lauren Bacall

Bacall in 2007, photo by s_bukley/

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. She starred in the films To Have and Have Not (1944), The Big Sleep, Key Largo, How to Marry a Millionaire, The Shootist, and The Mirror Has Two Faces, among many others.

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

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, including writer and producer Stephen Humphrey Bogart, with Humphrey and a son, actor Sam Robards, with Jason.

Lauren’s paternal grandfather was named 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 named Max/Maximillian Weinstein/Weinstein-Bacal (the son of Meyer Weinstein-Bacal and Leah). Max was born in Iași.

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

Sources: Genealogies of Lauren Bacall –

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

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

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20 Responses

  1. Adrian1Cram says:

    Such an old picture.

  2. FLASHP01NT says:

    she’s the luckiest jew ever; she looked fairly anglo, except for the heavy flat brow ridge and slightly wider nose

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