Cloudy and Cool, Lauren Bacall Dies, Cleveland Sees Increase in Tourism

Lauren Bacall at her peak in Hollywood. (Source: Yank Magazine/Wikicommons
Lauren Bacall at her peak in Hollywood. (Source: Yank Magazine/Wikicommons

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Lauren Bacall, the iconic bombshell starlet who rose to fame in Hollywood's Golden Age, has passed away. She was 89 years old. The actress died Tuesday morning after suffering a stroke in her Upper West Side Manhattan home, her family confirmed with media outlets. The official Twitter account of Humphrey Bogart's estate broke the news, tweeting: "With deep sorrow, yet with great gratitude for her amazing life, we confirm the passing of Lauren Bacall." With nicknames like "The Look" and "Betty," Bacall's beauty and acting ability made her a hot commodity to Hollywood, and she has more than 70 acting credits to her name. Her career spanned seven decades, according to IMDB. Born Betty Jean Perske in New York City on Sept. 16, 1924, she was the daughter of a Polish-Jewish immigrant mother and a New Jersey salesman.

Positively Cleveland, the city's convention and visitors bureau, is reporting that the Greater Cleveland area has seen a four percent increase in the number of visitors to the area in 2013.  According to the county's Visitor Volume Report, about 15.6 million people visited Cuyahoga County in 2012, and the number increased to 16.2 million in 2013. Another study by TourismOhio showed that the tourists to the area boosted the economy by $7.4 billion in 2013, up 6.7 percent from 2011. It's also credited with supporting 63,394 jobs. All this happened in 2013, a year before the Gay Games and talks of the RNC coming in 2016. "Last year was no doubt a gateway year for the visitor industry to increase its economic impact in Cuyahoga County," said David Gilbert, president & CEO of Positively Cleveland. "Cleveland's status as a visitor destination continues to improve, which is validated by these numbers. We expect this momentum to continue as we open six new Downtown hotels and host larger scale meetings, including the 2016 Republican National Convention."

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