As news broke that Hollywood great Lauren Bacall had died at the age of 89, an outpouring of condolence and respect came from the music world via electronic media.
Legendary singer and actor Barbra Streisand spoke of her shock at losing her “wise and loving friend” so soon after the passing of Robin Williams. "What a terrible loss for us all. First Robin who was a genius and now Lauren,” Streisand says in a statement sent to Billboard.com. Streisand directed Bacall in 1996's The Mirror Has Two Faces, for which the actress received her only Oscar nomination.
“It was my privilege to have known her, to have acted with her, and to have directed her," adds Streisand. "And, most of all, to have had her as a wise and loving friend. She was an original. Even with all those great films we can visit again and again, she will be missed."
Bacall, an icon of Hollywood’s golden age and winner of two Tonys for best actress in a musical, died Tuesday morning (Aug. 12) of a stroke in her longtime home in the Dakota, the famous Upper West Side building that overlooks Central Park in Manhattan. She was the recipient of an honorary Academy Award in 2010 "in recognition of her central place in the Golden Age of motion pictures.” Her brief romance with Humphrey Bogart is the stuff of legend.
Kiss’ Gene Simmons, Boy George and Belinda Carlisle were among the music stars who took to Twitter to express their sadness for Bacall’s passing and to post remembrances of the actor’s performances, beauty and on-screen charisma.
Read what else Bacall's famous fans are saying:
Lauren Bacall -- sad. R.I.P. She was a class act. She will be missed.
— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) August 13, 2014
Just heard - Lauren Bacall has died. What a life and what a beauty :((
— Belinda Carlisle (@belindaofficial) August 13, 2014
— PRODIGY MOBBDEEP (@PRODIGYMOBBDEEP) August 13, 2014
One more... Lauren Bacall has gone home... One of the last remaining REAL old Hollywood Stars... "Here's to YOU kid!"
— Joe Bonsall (@joebonsall) August 13, 2014
— matt sorum (@mattsorum) August 13, 2014
— Juliette Lewis (@JulietteLewis) August 13, 2014
To Have & Have Not
— Cher (@cher) August 13, 2014
Lauren Bacall is gone! R.I.P legend!
— Boy George (@BoyGeorge) August 13, 2014
— The Real Paula Abdul (@PaulaAbdul) August 13, 2014