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Tallulah Bankhead, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1934
Tallulah Bankhead, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1934

Tallulah Brockman Bankhead (January 31, 1902 - December 12, 1968) was a United States actress, talk-show host and bonne vivante, born in Huntsville, Alabama. Tallulah Bankhead photographed by Carl Van Vechten, January 25, 1934 From the collection of the Library of Congress and in the public domain: http://memory. ... Tallulah Bankhead photographed by Carl Van Vechten, January 25, 1934 From the collection of the Library of Congress and in the public domain: http://memory. ... January 31 is the 31st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1902 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... December 12 is the 346th day (347th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1968 was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... Huntsville is the county seat of Madison County, Alabama. ...

She was the daughter of Congressman William Brockman Bankhead, niece of Senator John H. Bankhead II, and granddaughter of Senator John H. Bankhead, who sent her to Catholic convent schools to stay out of trouble, but it did not work. Seal of the House of Representatives The United States House of Representatives is one of the two houses of the Congress of the United States, the other being the Senate. ... Categories: People stubs | 1874 births | 1940 deaths | Speakers of the U.S. House of Representatives ... Seal of the Senate The United States Senate is one of the two houses of the Congress of the United States, the other being the House of Representatives. ... John Hollis Bankhead, II (July 8, 1872 - June 12, 1946) was a U.S. senator from the state of Alabama. ... John Hollis Bankhead (September 13, 1842–March 1, 1920) was a U.S. senator from the state of Alabama. ...

At 15, Tallulah Bankhead won a movie-magazine beauty contest and convinced her family to let her move to New York. She quickly won bit parts, first appearing in a non-speaking role in The Squab Farm.

During these early New York years, she became a peripheral member of the Algonquin Round Table and known as a hard-partying girl-about-town. She also became known for her wit, although as screenwriter Anita Loos, another minor Roundtable member said: "She was so pretty that we thought she must be stupid." The Algonquin Round Table was a group of some of the most brilliant writers of the 1920s and 1930s, though it endured long after that. ... Anita Loos (April 26, 1889–August 18, 1981) was an acclaimed American screenwriter, playwright and author. ...

In 1923, she made her debut on the London, England stage, where she was to appear in over a dozen plays in the next eight years. Famous as an actress, she was famous, too, for her drinking, drug taking, and many affairs with men and women. By the end of the decade, she was one of the West End's — and England's — best-known celebrities. London — containing the City of London — is the capital of the United Kingdom and of England and a major world city. With over seven million inhabitants (Londoners) in Greater London area, it is amongst the most densely populated areas in Western Europe. ... // West End, see West End (disambiguation). ... Royal motto: Dieu et mon droit (French: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area - Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population - Total (mid-2004) - Density Ranked 1st UK 50. ...

She returned to US in 1931 to be Paramount Pictures' "next Marlene Dietrich", but Hollywood success eluded her in her first four films of the 30s. Critics agree that her acting was flat and that she was unable to dominate the camera — and that she was generally outclassed by Dietrich, Carole Lombard, et al. The Paramount Pictures logo used from 1987 to 1995. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... ... Carole Lombard Carole Lombard (October 6, 1908 - January 16, 1942) was an American actress. ...

Nevertheless, David O. Selznick called her the "first choice among established stars" to play Scarlett O'Hara, but nobody else agreed; polled, moviegoers thought otherwise. David O. Selznick David Oliver Selznick (May 10, 1902–June 22, 1965), was one of the icon Hollywood producers of the Golden Age. ... Scarlett OHara (full name Katie Scarlett OHara Hamilton Kennedy Butler), is the main protagonist in the Margaret Mitchell novel Gone With the Wind and the later movie of the same name. ...

Her screen test for Gone with the Wind put her out of the running for good — Selznick decided that she was too old (at 34) for Scarlett's antebellum scenes. (One also wonders if the cynical Bankhead could have played "Fiddle-Dee-Dee" Scarlett with anything approaching a straight face.) Gone With the Wind was an instant success. ...

Returning to Broadway, Tallulah's career stalled in unmemorable plays until she played Regina in Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes (1939). Her portrayal won her the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Performance. This article is about the street in New York City. ... Lillian Hellman Lillian Florence Hellman (June 20, 1905 – June 30, 1984) was an American playwright and left-wing activist, romantically involved for thirty years with pulp writer Dashiell Hammett. ... The Little Foxes is a 1941 film directed by William Wyler and starring Bette Davis & Teresa Wright. ...

More success and the same award followed her 1942 performance in Thornton Wilder's "The Skin of Our Teeth", in which Bankhead played "Sabina", the housekeeper and temptress, opposite Fredric March and Florence Eldridge ("Mr. and Mrs. Antrobus" and also husband and wife offstage) During the run of the play, some media accused Bankhead of a running feud with the play's director, Elia Kazan, but both denied it. This article is about the year. ... Thornton Wilder (April 17, 1897 – December 7, 1975) was an American novelist and playwright. ... Fredric March photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1939 Fredric March (Ernest Frederick McIntyre Bickel) (August 31, 1897 – April 14, 1975) was an Academy Award winning American actor. ... Florence Eldridge (September 5, 1901 - August 1, 1988) was an American film actress. ... Elia Kazan Elia Kazan (September 7, 1909 – September 28, 2003) was a Greek-born American film and theatre director and producer. ...

In 1944, Alfred Hitchcock cast her as journalist and cynic "Constance Porter" in Lifeboat. The performance is widely acknowledged as her best on film, and won her the New York Screen Critics Award. Alfred Hitchcock Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, KBE, (born on August 13, 1899 – April 29, 1980) was a British-born American film director closely associated with the thriller genre. ... Lifeboat is a 1944 World War II movie, directed by Alfred Hitchcock from a story written by John Steinbeck. ...

After World War II, Bankhead appeared in a revival of Noel Coward's "Private Lives" taking it on tour and then to Broadway for the better part of two years. The play's run made Bankhead a fortune. From that time, Bankhead could command ten percent of the gross and billing larger than any other actor in the cast, although she usually granted equal billing to Estelle Winwood, a frequent co-star. World War II was a truly global conflict with many facets: immense human suffering, fierce indoctrinations, and the use of new, extremely devastating weapons like the atom bomb World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a mid-20th-century conflict that engulfed much of the globe... Noël Coward Sir Noel Peirce Coward (spelling his forename Noël with the diaeresis was an affectation of later life, and Peirce is the correct spelling) (December 16, 1899 - March 26, 1973) was an English actor, playwright, and composer of popular music. ... Estelle Winwood (January 24, 1883 – June 20, 1984) was a English stage and film actress who in moved to America mid-career and became celebrated for her longevity. ...

Following her father's example, Bankhead was a staunch Democrat and campaigned for Harry Truman's reelection in 1948. While viewing the Inauguration parade, she very decently booed the South Carolina float which carried then-Governor Strom Thurmond, who had recently run against Truman on the Dixiecrat ticket, splitting the Democratic vote. For the victim of Mt. ... 1948 is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... Strom Thurmond James Strom Thurmond (December 5, 1902 – June 26, 2003) represented South Carolina in the United States Senate from 1954 to April 1956 and November 1956 to 1964 as a Democrat and from 1964 to 2003 as a Republican. ... In its modern connotation (especially 1956-1980), the term Dixiecrat is used in reference to Southern Democrats who traditionally vote (or voted) in support of the Democratic Party, but because of social issues, may vote in opposition to the Democratic Party with regard to certain elections and/or candidates. ...

Bankhead continued to perform in the 1950s and 1960s, on Broadway, in the occasional film, as a highly-popular radio show host, and in the new medium of television. Her appearance as herself on The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Comedy Hour in 1957 as "The Neighbor Next Door" (who, unsuprisingly, doesn't know what the PTA is) — drunk, according to Ball — but is a cult favorite as is her role as the "Black Widow" on the 1960s campy television show, Batman. Bankhead's radio program on NBC was "The Big Show" and was billed to stem the tide of television. The program did not keep television from flourishing but it had Meredith Willson as its musical host, and featured top stars from Broadway and elsewhere including Ethel Merman, Dame Vera Lynn and Margaret Truman. Lucille Ball Lucille Désirée Ball (August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989) was an American actress, comedian and star of I Love Lucy. ... Desi Arnaz (March 2, 1917 – December 2, 1986) was a Cuban born musician, actor, comedian and television producer. ... 1957 was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The comic book character Batman, originally and still sometimes referred to as The Batman, (and occasionally as The Bat-Man), is a fictional character and superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... The National Broadcasting Company or NBC is an American television broadcasting company based in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... Big Show Paul Wight (born February 8, 1972 in Tampa, Florida), best known by his ring names of The Big Show or simply The Giant, is a professional wrestler currently working for WWE on the SmackDown! brand. ... Robert Meredith Willson {18 May 1902 - 15 June 1984) was an American composer and playwright, best known as the writer of The Music Man. ... Ethel Merman (January 16, 1908 - February 15, 1984) was a star of stage and film musicals, well known for her strident voice and comic acting. ... Dame Vera Lynn, DBE (born March 20, 1917) is a British singer whose career flourished during World War II, when she was nicknamed The Forces Sweetheart. She is best known for the popular song Well Meet Again. ... Mary Margaret Truman Daniel (born 17 February 1924 in Independence, Missouri) is an American writer and the author of biographies, books on the White House and several best-selling mystery novels. ...

Bankhead's career was in decline by the mid-1950s. Her outrageous behavior — fueled by a two-bottle-a-day consumption of Old Grand Dad — continued unabated. And behavior that was endearingly wicked in a flapper starlet of the Twenties was wearyingly vulgar in an aging, falling star in the Sixties. Bankhead never faded from the public eye, but was increasingly a caricature of her former self. By this time, when she appeared as Blanche DuBois in Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire her adoring coterie of homosexual fans cheered and laughed at her performance, hurting its dramatic tone and preventing her from achieving the desired result of a faded Southern woman. Bourbon bottle, 19th century Bourbon is an American form of whiskey, made from at least 51% but not more than 80% of corn (maize in the Old World) (typically about 70%, with the remainder being wheat or rye, along with other grains), distilled to no more than 160 (U.S... Thomas Lanier Williams (March 26, 1911 – February 25, 1983), better known by the pen name Tennessee Williams, was a noted playwright. ... A Streetcar Named Desire is a play by Tennessee Williams describing a culture clash between Blanche DuBois—a pretentious, fading relic of the Old South—and Stanley Kowalski, a rising member of the industrial, inner-city immigrant class. ...

Although she received fairly good notices for "Midgie Purvis", a character who pretended to be twenty years older in order to be grandmotherly and have access to children, the play did not sell well and it closed within the season. Bankhead's last performance, in Williams' play, The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore, only lasted a week.

Her shortcomings notwithstanding, Tallulah always remained a personality who got good notices in the media. According to author Brendan Gill's Tallulah, when Bankhead entered the hospital for an illness, an article was headed "Tallulah hospitalized, Hospital Tallulahized." Gill wrote for The New Yorker for more than 60 years. ...

Dick Cavett repeated on film the story that she responded to Chico Marx's statement: "I'd really like to fuck you", with "And you shall, you dear boy, and you shall." She even purchased a lion cub from a circus in Reno, Nevada for $100 and named him Winston Churchill, but eventually gave him up when he got too large to handle. Richard Alva Cavett (born on November 19, 1936 in Gibbon, Nebraska) is a television talk show host known for his conversational style of in-depth and often serious issues discussion. ... Leonard Marx, known as Chico, (March 22, 1887 - October 11, 1961) was one of the Marx Brothers. ... City nickname: The Biggest Little City in the World Founded May 13, 1868 County Washoe County Mayor Bob Cashell Area  - Total  - Land  - Water 179. ... The Right Honourable Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, KG, OM, CH, FRS PC (30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965) was a British statesman, best known as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during the Second World War. ...

Tallulah Bankhead died in New York City of double pneumonia arising from influenza, complicated further by emphysema at the age of 66 on December 12, 1968, and is buried in Saint Paul's Churchyard, Chestertown, Maryland Negatively stained flu virions. ... December 12 is the 346th day (347th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1968 was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... Chestertown is a town located in Kent County, Maryland. ...

She was married to actor John Emery from 1937-1941.


Famous Quotes

  • I'll come and make love to you at five o'clock. If I'm late, start without me.
  • They used to shoot her through gauze. You should shoot me through linoleum. (Referring to Shirley Temple)
  • I'm as pure as the driven slush.
  • It's the good girls who keep diaries; the bad girls never have the time.
  • The only thing I regret about my past is the length of it. If I had to live my life again, I'd make the same mistakes, only sooner.
  • My father warned me about men and booze... but he never said anything about women and cocaine.
  • I read Shakespeare and the Bible, and I can shoot dice. That's what I call a liberal education.
  • Nobody can be exactly like me. Sometimes even I have trouble doing it.
  • If you really want to help the American theater, don't be an actress, dahling. Be an audience.
  • Here's a rule I recommend. Never practice two vices at once.
  • Let's not quibble! I'm the foe of moderation, the champion of excess. If I may lift a line from a die-hard whose identity is lost in the shuffle, "I'd rather be strongly wrong than weakly right."
  • Cocaine habit-forming? Of course not. I ought to know. I've been using it for years.

Shirley Temple in Glad Rags to Riches Shirley Jane Temple (born April 23, 1928), later known as Shirley Temple Black, was an American film child actress (considered by many to be the most famous child actor in history) and diplomat. ...


  • Who Loved Him Best? (1918)
  • When Men Betray (1918)
  • Thirty a Week (1918)
  • The Trap (1919)
  • His House in Order (1928)
  • Tarnished Lady (1931)
  • My Sin (1931)
  • The Cheat (1931)
  • Thunder Below (1932)
  • Make Me a Star (1932) (cameo)
  • Devil and the Deep (1932)
  • Faithless (1932)
  • Stage Door Canteen (1932)
  • Lifeboat (1944)
  • A Royal Scandal (1945)
  • Main Street to Broadway (1953)
  • The Boy Who Owned a Melephant (1959) (narrator)
  • Die! Die! My Darling! (1965)
  • The Daydreamer (1966) (voice)

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Theater Performances

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