- Tallulah Bankhead
name = Tallulah Bankhead
caption =Tallulah Bankhead
Carl Van Vechten, 1934
birthname = Tallulah Brockman Bankhead
birthdate = birth date|1902|1|31|mf=y
deathdate = Death date and age|1968|12|12|1902|1|31
New York City, New York
yearsactive = 1918 - 1968
awards = NYFCC Award for Best Actress
Tallulah Brockman Bankhead (
January 31, 1902– December 12, 1968) was an American actress, talk-show host and "".cite news |first= |last= |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=Tallulah Bankhead Dead at 65. Vibrant Stage and Screen Star. Tallulah Bankhead, the Vibrant and Tempestuous Stage and Screen Personality, Dies Here at 65. |url=http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20817F83C54157493C1A81789D95F4C8685F9 |quote=Tallulah Bankhead, the star whose offstage performances often rivaled her roles in the theater, film and television, died at St. Luke's Hospital yesterday of pneumonia, complicated by emphysema. She was 65 years old. |publisher= New York Times|date= December 13, 1968, Friday |accessdate=2007-08-21 ]
Early life and family
Bankhead was born in Huntsville,
Alabamato William Brockman Bankhead and Adelaide Eugenia Sledge and was named after her paternal grandmother. Current Biography 1941 p 37 ] Mother Eugenia died on February 23, 1902of blood poisoning three weeks after giving birth to Tallulah. Tallulah has been described as "an extremely homely child," overweight and with a deep, husky voice resulting from chronic bronchitis. But Robert Gottlieb, in " The New Yorker" (May 16, 2005), described her as an exhibitionist, performer, personality, and star from the very beginning.
Bankhead came from a powerful Democratic political family in the South in general and
Alabamain particular. Her father was the Speaker of the United States House of Representativesfrom 1936-1940 (in the 74th, 75th, and 76th Congresses), immediately preceding Sam Rayburn. She was the niece of Senator John H. Bankhead IIand granddaughter of Senator John H. Bankhead. Bankhead herself was a Democrat, albeit one of a more liberal stripe than the rest of her family.
Her older sister Evelyn Eugenia Bankhead was born
January 24, 1901and was known as "Sister." "Sister" died on May 11, 1979. She was married seven times, the first three to Morton McMichael Hoyt ( April 4, 1899- ?), brother of romance novelist Nancy Hoyt and poet Elinor Wylie. She was also married to Wilfred Lawson Butt ( July 1, 1905in England- September 8, 1979in La Mesa, California) in 1929, Howard B. Lee in 1930, Edward Ennis White in 1931 and William D. Sprouse. "Sister" also was a lover of Louisa d'Andelot Carpenter.
Her family sent Tallulah to various schools in an attempt to keep her out of trouble, which included a year at a
Catholicconvent school (although her father was a Methodist and her mother was an Episcopalian).
At 15, 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 Tableand known as a hard-partying girl-about-town. During this time she began to use cocaineand marijuana, going as far as saying "Cocaine isn't habit forming. I should know- I've been using it for years." [ Bret, David. "Tallulah Bankhead: A Scandalous life." Robinson Books, April 1997. ISBN-10 1861050151. ] Yet, she did not consume alcohol to any great degree. She 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." She became known for saying almost anything, whether true or not. Once, while in attendance at a party, a guest made a comment about rape, and Bankhead replied "I was raped in our driveway when I was eleven. You know darling, it was a terrible experience because we had all that gravel." She professed to having a ravenous appetite for sex, but not for a particular type. "I've tried several varieties of sex. The conventional position makes me claustrophobic. And the others give me either stiff neck or lockjaw," she said. Once, at a party, one of her friends brought along a young man who boldly told Bankhead that he wanted to make love to her that night. She didn't bat an eye and said, "And so you shall, you wonderful, old-fashioned boy." [ [http://home.hiwaay.net/~oliver/tbbiography2.htm Tallulah Bankhead - Biography ] ]
In 1923, she made her debut on the
Londonstage, where she was to appear in over a dozen plays in the next eight years, most famously, "The Dancers". Her fame as an actress was ensured in 1924 when she played the waitress Amy in Sidney Howard's " They Knew What They Wanted". The show won the 1925 Pulitzer Prize. She was famous not only as an actress but also for her many affairs, infectious personality and witticisms like "There is less to this than meets the eye" and "I'm as pure as the driven slush." She was brash, brazen, and apt to say anything. This trait made her widely popular. She was known for her promiscuousbehavior, and had the reputation of being sexually available to anyone she found attractive, famous or not. Her longest known affair during this period in her life was with an Italian businessman named Anthony de Bosdari, which lasted just over one year. By the end of the decade, she was one of the West End's — and England's — best-known and most notorious celebrities. [http://www.awhf.org/bankhead.html Alabama Women's Hall of Fame - Tallulah Brockman Bankhead ] ] While in London, Bankhead also bought herself a Bentley, which she loved to drive. She wasn't very competent with directions, however, and constantly found herself lost in the Londonstreets. She would telephone a taxi-cab and pay the driver to drive to her destination while she followed behind in her car. The press loved this. [http://home.hiwaay.net/~oliver/tbbiography3.htm Tallulah Bankhead - Biography ] ]
She returned to the US in 1931 to be
Paramount Pictures' "next Marlene Dietrich", but Hollywoodsuccess eluded her in her first four films of the 30s. She rented a home at 1712 Stanley Street, in Hollywood, and began hosting parties that were said to "have no boundaries." [http://www.dufoenet.com/hauntedhollywood.html] On September 9, 1932, she was featured on the cover of "Film Weekly." [ [http://www.filmweeklymagazine.com/TallulahBankheadSep32.htm Tallulah Bankhead - Movie Star Magazine Covers, Posters and CD's available ] ]
Bankhead's first film was "Tarnished Lady" (1931), directed by
George Cukor, and Cukor and Bankhead became fast friends. Bankhead behaved herself on the set and filming went smoothly, but she found film-making to be very boring and didn't have the patience for it. She didn't like Hollywood either. When she met producer Irving Thalberg, she asked him, "How do you get laid in this dreadful place?" [http://home.hiwaay.net/~oliver/tbbiography4.htm Tallulah Bankhead - Biography ] ]
Bankhead herself was not very interested in making films. The opportunity to make $50,000 per film, however, was too good to pass up. She later said, "The only reason I went to
Hollywoodwas to fuck that divine Gary Cooper."
One of Bankhead's most notorious events was an interview that she gave to "Motion Picture" magazine in 1932, in which she ranted wildly about the state of her life and her views on love, marriage, and children:
:"I'm serious about love. I'm damned serious about it now.... I haven't had an affair for six months. Six months! Too long.... If there's anything the matter with me now, it's not Hollywood or Hollywood's state of mind.... The matter with me is, I WANT A MAN! ... Six months is a long, long while. I WANT A MAN!"Fact|date=December 2007
Alleged Bisexuality, sexual exploits
Hollywoodwas becoming increasingly conservative, partly as a result of past scandals, and partly because Will H. Haysand others had formed the infamous Production Code. The code dictated not only what the studios could show in their films, but how actors had to conduct themselves off-screen. As predicted, the interview created quite a commotion. Will Hays was furious. "Time" ran a story about it, and, back home, Bankhead's father and family were perturbed. Bankhead immediately telegraphed her father, vowing never to speak with a magazine reporter again.
However, following the release of the Kinsey Reports, she was once quoted as stating:
"I found no surprises in the Kinsey Report. The good doctor's clinical notes were old hat to me..I've had many momentary love affairs. A lot of these impromptu romances have been climaxed in a fashion not generally condoned. I go into them impulsively. I scorn any notion of their permanence. I forget the fever associated with them when a new interest presents itself." [ [http://www.nndb.com/people/990/000047849/ Tallulah Bankhead ] ]
Thus, comments such as that quoted above and many other actions in her life led to her reputation, of which she never made excuses. She was outspoken and uninhibited. By the standards of the interwar years, Bankhead was quite openly
bisexual, [ [http://home.hiwaay.net/~oliver/tbintro.htm Tallulah Bankhead - A Passionate Life - Welcome ] ] but she successfully avoided scandal related to her affairs, regardless of the genderof her lovers. She was known to have stripped off her clothes on several occasions while attending parties, which shocked people in attendance, but nonetheless she remained magnetic to those who knew her well. Her personality, it was said, made her almost irresistible as a friend, or a lover.
Rumors about her sex life have lingered for years, and she was linked romantically with many notable female personalities of the day, including
Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Marlene Dietrich, Eva Le Gallienne, Laurette Taylor, and Alla Nazimova, as well as writer Mercedes de Acosta, and singer Billie Holiday. [Mercedes de Acosta, "Here Lies the Heart," 1960] [ [http://www.glbtq.com/arts/stage_actors_actresses,4.html Stage Actors and Actresses] "glbtq.com"]
She was reportedly extremely excited when she was first able to meet the elusive Garbo, but whether they were sexually involved has never been determined beyond a doubt. The two women played
tennistogether often, and were said to have enjoyed one another's company, but Garbo was extremely protective of her private life and secretive about her lovers. Bankhead was married to actor John Emery( May 20, 1905in NYC- November 16, 1964in NYC) on August 31, 1937in Jasper, Alabamaand divorced on June 13, 1941in Reno, Nevada. He was the son of stage actors Edward Emery (? - 1938) and Isabel Waldron (1871 - 1950).
Patsy Kellymade a claim to author Boze Hadleigh, which he included in his 1996 book about lesbianism in Hollywood's early years, that she had a long lesbian affair with Bankhead. John Gruen's "Menotti: A Biography" notes an incident in which Jane Bowleschased Bankhead around Capricorn, Gian Carlo Menottiand Samuel Barber's Mount Kiscoestate, insisting that Bankhead needed to play the lesbian character Inès in Jean-Paul Sartre's " No Exit" (which Paul Bowleshad recently translated), but Bankhead locked herself in the bathroom and kept insisting "That lesbian! I wouldn't know a thing about it."
In 1932, she expressed some interest in spirituality, but did not outwardly pursue it, except for a time when she met with the Indian mystic,
Meher Baba. [ [http://www.theawakenermagazine.org/avol18/av18n01/av18n01p06.htm Volume 18 Number 1 Page 6 ] ]
In 1933, Bankhead nearly died following a five-hour emergency
hysterectomyfor an advanced case of gonorrhea, which she claimed she contracted either from George Raftor Gary Cooper. Only 70 pounds when she left the hospital, she stoically said to her doctor, "Don't think this has taught me a lesson!"
Hollywood, Broadway and politics
In 1934, after recuperating in Alabama, she returned to England. After only a short stay, she was called back to New York to play in "Dark Victory". The public remebers the great Bette Davis interpretation of the leading character in the film version, but Davis openly admitted in later years that she had emulated Bankhead in the role. Tallulah continued to play in various performances over the next few years, gaining excellent notices for her portrayal of Elizabeth in a revival of Somerset Maugham's "The Circle." David O. Selznick called her the "first choice among established stars" to play
Scarlett O'Hara. Although her screen test for the role in black-and-white was superb, she photographed poorly in Technicolor. In addition, moviegoers answering a poll thought that at age 36, she was too old for the role. Until Vivien Leigh came along, the early favorite to play Scarlett was Paulette Goddard. [ [http://home.hiwaay.net/~oliver/tbbiography5.htm Tallulah Bankhead - Biography ] ] Unable to recapture Hollywood, Bankhead returned to her most-loved acting medium, the stage.
Returning to Broadway, Bankhead's career stalled in unmemorable plays. When she appeared in Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra" with her husband, John Emery -- who liked to ape John Barrymore onstage -- The Times' Brooks Atkinson wrote "Tallulah Bankhead barged down the Nile, last night, and promptly sank!" All the laughing stopped, though, when she played the cold and ruthless Regina Giddens in
Lillian Hellman's " The Little Foxes" (1939). Her portrayal won her the New York Drama Critics' CircleAward for Best Performance, but Bankhead and Hellman feuded over the Soviet Union's invasion of Finland. Bankhead (a staunch anti-Communist) was said to want a portion of one performance's proceeds to go to Finnish relief, while Hellman (an equally staunch Stalinist) objected strenuously, and the two women didn't speak for the next quarter of a century.
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 Marchand 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. Kazan confirmed the story in his autobiography, and he stated that Bankhead was one of the few people in his life that he ever actually detested.
Alfred Hitchcockcast her as the cynical journalist, Constance Porter, in "Lifeboat". The performance is widely acknowledged as her best on film, and won her the New York Film Critics CircleAward and her only Academy Award nomination. Almost childlike in her immodesty, a beaming Tallulah accepted her New York trophy and exclaimed, "Dahlings, I was wonderful!"
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 10% of the gross and was billed larger than any other actor in the cast, although she usually granted equal billing to Estelle Winwood, a frequent co-star, and Bankhead's "best friend" from the 1920s until Bankhead's death in 1968.
Bankhead circulated widely in the celebrity crowd of her day, and was a party favorite for outlandish stunts such as underwearless cartwheels in a skirt or entering a soirée stark naked. She is also said to have been so engrossed in conversation with
Eleanor Rooseveltthat she dropped her drawers and used the toilet while the first lady was still talking. Always extravagant, upon leaving the theater one evening she encountered a Salvation Army band passing around the tambourine. Reaching into her purse, Miss Bankhead withdrew a twenty dollar bill, tossed it into the tambourine and exited into a taxi with the remark, "there dahlings, I know it's been a rough winter for you Spanish dancers."
Like her family, Bankhead was a Democrat, but broke with most Southerners by campaigning for
Harry Truman's reelection in 1948. While viewing the Inaugurationparade, she booed the South Carolinafloat which carried then-Governor Strom Thurmond, who had recently run against Truman on the Dixiecratticket, splitting the Democratic vote. She is also credited with having helped Truman immeasurably by belittling his rival, New York's Governor Thomas E. Dewey. Tallulah said Dewey reminded her of "the little man on the wedding cake."
Though Tallulah Bankhead's career slowed in the mid-1950s, she never faded from the public eye. Although she had become a heavy drinker and consumer of sleeping pills (she was a life-long
insomniac), 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 Show" in 1957 is a cult favorite, as is her role as the "Black Widow" on the 1960s campy television show "Batman" (in which the aged Winwood appeared), which turned out to be her final screen appearance.
In 1950, in an effort to cut into the rating leads of "
The Jack Benny Program" and "The Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy Show" which had jumped from NBCradio to CBSradio the previous season, NBC spent millions over the two seasons of "The Big Show" starring "the glamorous, unpredictable" Tallulah Bankhead as its host, in which she acted not only as mistress of ceremonies but also performed monologuesand songs, many of which can be heard on the album "Give My Regards To Broadway!" Despite Meredith Willson's Orchestra and Chorus and top guest stars from Broadway, Hollywood and radio--including Fred Allen, Fanny Brice, Groucho Marx, Ethel Merman, Gracie Fields, Vera Lynn, Jimmy Durante, Martin & Lewis, George Jessel, Judy Garland, Ethel Barrymore, Gloria Swanson, José Ferrerand Judy Holliday, "The Big Show", which earned rave reviews, failed to do more than dent Jack Benny's and Edgar Bergen's ratings.
Bankhead, who proved a masterful comedienne and intriguing personality, however, was not blamed for the failure of "The Big Show"--television's growth was hurting all radio ratings at the time, so the next season NBC installed her as one of a half dozen rotating hosts of NBC's "The All Star Revue" on Saturday nights. Although critics, pros and the sophisticated set loved her, and Tallulah's monologues became classics, she was not among the hosts renewed for the following season.
Bankhead's most popular television appearance and the one that is still seen widely today was her
December 3 1957appearance on "The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Hour." Bankhead played herself in the episode titled "The Celebrity Next Door." The part was originally slated for Bette Davis, but she had to bow out after cracking her vertebra. Lucille Ballwas a fan of Bankhead's and did a good impression of her. By the time the episode was filmed, however, both Ball and Arnaz were at their wit's end over Bankhead's behavior during rehearsal: she refused to listen to the director and she did not like to rehearse. It took her three hours to "wake up" once she arrived on the set and everyone thought she was drunk most of the time. Ball and Arnaz apparently didn't know about Tallulah's antipathy toward rehearsing or her incredible ability to memorize a script. The actual taping of the episode went off without a hitch, and Bankhead impressed everyone with her line readings and professionalism". [ [http://home.hiwaay.net/~oliver/tbbiography6.htm Tallulah Bankhead - Biography ] ] Lucille Balllater said that she was conned by Bankhead who purposely made her think she would screw up to throw her off kilter. Desi Arnazsaid that Bankhead walked all over him and Ball, and they hadn't known this was typical behavior for Tallulah.
Bankhead also appeared as
Blanche DuBoisin a revival of Tennessee Williams's "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1956), but reviews were poor. Fans who saw her late into the six-week run at City Center were graced with a far better, indeed deeply moving, performance. She received a Tony Awardnomination for her performance of a bizarre 50-year-old mother in Mary Chase's "Midgie Purvis" (1961). Her last theatrical appearance was in another Williams play, " The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore" (1963). Although she received good notices for her last performances, her career as one of the greats of the American stage was coming to an end.
Her last motion picture was a British
horror film"Fanatic" (1965) co-starring Stefanie Powers, which was released in the U.S. as " Die! Die! My Darling!."
Her last appearance on screen came in March 1967 as the villainous Black Widow in the "Batman" TV series.
According to author
Brendan Gill, when Bankhead entered the hospital for an illness, an article was headed "Tallulah Hospitalized, Hospital Tallulahized." This headline was a testament to Bankhead's large, charismatic personality (which inspired much of the "personality" of the character Cruella De Vilin Disney's " One Hundred and One Dalmatians"). [ [http://disney.go.com/vault/archives/villains/cruella/cruella.html Disney Archives | Cruella De Vil Villains History ] ]
Bankhead had no children, though she had numerous abortions in the 1920s, but was the godmother of Brook and Brockman Seawell, children of her lifelong friend and actress
Eugenia Rawlsand Rawls's husband, Donald Seawell. She was known for her kindness to animals and children.
Bankhead was also a fan of the
soap opera, " The Edge of Night". It has been said that after watching a female character agonize over a man, Bankhead contacted the producers of the show and said, "Why doesn't she just shoot the bastard?"
May 14, 1968, Bankhead was a guest on " The Tonight Show" with Joe Garagiola as the guest host, along with John Lennonand Paul McCartney. They were in New Yorkto announce the formation of their new company Apple Records. Bankhead, reportedly a bit inebriated, told Lennon and McCartney that she would love to learn how to meditate, as they had in Indiawith the Maharishiin February 1968. Around that time, fans were shocked to see Bankhead on the cover of " The National Enquirer." The tabloid informed its readers that the actress was aware that she had only months to live. "There's nothing you, or I, or anybody can do about it," she was quoted.
Tallulah Bankhead died in St. Luke's Hospital in
New York Cityof double pneumoniaarising from influenza, complicated by emphysema, at the age of 66 on December 12, 1968, and is buried in Saint Paul's Churchyard, Chestertown, Maryland.
Her last words: "
Codeine... bourbon." [Denis Brian, "Tallulah, Darling: A Biography of Tallulah Bankhead", New York: Macmillan Publishing (1980), pgs.1-2]
A stage play by Matthew Lombardo, entitled "Looped," features Tallulah Bankhead as the protagonist in an episode late in her life in which she is called to a recording studio to "loop" a line of recorded dialogue that must be dubbed into a film shot previously. The session reportedly took eight hours to successfully record a single line of dialogue, and the playwright uses the situation to reveal the story of Ms. Bankhead's life. "Looped" premiered at the
Pasadena Playhousein California in June 2008 under the direction of Rob Ruggiero with Valerie Harperin the starring role. [http://www.pasadenaplayhouse.org/2008_mainstage_season.htm#LOOPED Production Website]
MI5 investigation of Eton school scandal
Recently declassified papers thrust Bankhead in the limelight of public scandal posthumously [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/664156.stm MI5 Investigation] . She had been investigated by
MI5amid rumors she was corrupting pupils at Eton. The documents alleged that she seduced up to half a dozen public schoolboys into taking part in "indecent and unnatural" acts. This rumour had sent shockwaves through the 1920s British establishment.
The documents compiled by the British Aliens and Immigration Department allege that the investigation was scuttled by a determined cover-up by Eton's headmaster, Dr.
Cyril Argentine Alington. The allegations were based purely on gossip and word of mouth, and lacked credible evidence. It appears that they were assembled by MI5 at the urgings of a Home Office minister.
The dossier, assembled when she was 32, contains allegations that while in Britain the actress:
* performed indecent acts with under-age boys from Eton College
* was a lesbian who was also promiscuous with men
* was thrown out of her home by her father because of immoral conduct
* moved in a social circle which was a center of vice.
The report that a group of Eton boys took part in a sex session with her at an hotel in
Berkshirewas discreetly investigated by police and the headmaster was interviewed. However, nothing was discovered except that a couple of boys had been dismissed for breaking school rules on riding in a car.
However, the investigator known only as FHM wrote: "The headmaster is obviously not prepared to assist HO (
Home Office) by revealing what he knows of her exploits with some of the boys, i.e., he wants to do everything possible to keep Eton out of the scandal."
*"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)
Stage Door Canteen" (1943)
*"A Royal Scandal" (1945)
*"Main Street to Broadway" (1953)
*"Die! Die! My Darling" (1965)
The Daydreamer" (1966) (voice)Short Subjects:
*"Hollywood on Parade No. A-6" (1933)
*"The Boy Who Wanted a Melephant" (1959) (voice) (narrator)
*"The Squab Farm" (March 13 - April 1918) (Broadway)
*"39 East" (March 31, 1919 - closing date unknown) (appeared in six performances as a replacement for
Constance Binneyuntil Actors' Equity Associationstrike shut the play down) (Broadway)
*"Footloose" (May 20 - June 1920) (Broadway)
*"Nice People" (March 2 - June 1921) (Broadway)
*"Everyday" (November 16, 1921 - January 1922) (Broadway)
*"Sleeping Partners" (June 11, 1922) (Baltimore)
*"Good Gracious, Annabelle" (June 20, 1922) (Baltimore)
*"Danger" (December 22, 1921 - February 1922) (stepped in as two-week replacement for an ill Kathlene MacDonnel) (Broadway)
*"Her Temporary Husband" (August 31 - November 1922) (replaced during tryouts in May 1922 before the show premiered on Broadway) (
*"The Exciters" (September 22 - October 1922) (Broadway)
*"The Dancers" (February 15, 1923 - closing date unknown) (London)
*"Conchita" (March 19, 1924 - closing date unknown) (London)
*"This Marriage" (May 15, 1924 - closing date unknown) (London)
*"The Creaking Chair" (July 22, 1924 - closing date unknown) (London)
*"Fallen Angels" (April 21, 1925 - closing date unknown) (London)
*"The Green Hat" (September 2, 1925 - closing date unknown) (London)
*"Scotch Mist" (January 26, 1926 - closing date unknown) (London)
*"They Knew What They Wanted" (May 18, 1926 - closing date unknown) (London)
*"The Gold Diggers" (December 14, 1926 - closing date unknown) (London)
*"The Garden of Eden" (May 30, 1927 - closing date unknown) (London)
*"Blackmail" (February 28, 1928 - closing date unknown) (London)
*"Mud and Treacle" (May 9, 1928 - closing date unknown) (London)
*"Her Cardboard Lover" (August 21, 1928 - closing date unknown) (London and Scotland)
*"He's Mine" (October 29, 1929 - closing date unknown) (London)
The Lady of the Camellias" (March 5, 1930 - closing date unknown) (London)
*"Let Us Be Gay" (August 18, 1930 - closing date unknown) (London)
Forsaking All Others" (March 1 - June 1933) (Broadway)
Dark Victory" (November 7 - December 1934) (Broadway)
*"Rain" (Revival) (February 12 - March 1935) (Broadway)
*"Something Gay" (April 29 - July 1935) (Broadway)
*"Reflected Glory" (September 21, 1936 - January 1937) (Broadway)
Antony and Cleopatra" (November 10 - November 14, 1937) (Broadway)
*"The Circle" (April 18 - June 1938) (Broadway)
*"I Am Different" (August 18, 1938 - closing date unknown) (opened in
San Diego, California, closed during tryouts)
The Little Foxes" (February 15, 1939 - February 3, 1940) (Broadway)
The Second Mrs Tanqueray" (July 1, 1940) ( Maplewood, New Jersey)
*"Her Cardboard Lover" (June 30, 1941) (
*"Clash by Night" (December 27, 1941 - February 7, 1942) (Broadway)
The Skin of Our Teeth" (November 18, 1942 - September 25, 1943) (replaced after 229 performances by Miriam Hopkins) (Broadway)
Private Lives" (June 19, 1944) (Stamford, Connecticut)
*"Foolish Notion" (March 13 - June 9, 1945) (Broadway)
*"The Eagle Has Two Heads" (March 19 - April 12, 1947) (Broadway)
Private Lives" (Revival) (October 4, 1948 - May 7, 1949) (Broadway)
*"Dear Charles" (September 15, 1954 - January 29, 1955) (Broadway)
*"A Streetcar Named Desire" (Revival) (February 15, 1956 - closing date unknown) (
New York City Center)
Ziegfeld Follies" (April 16, 1956 - closing date unknown) (opened in Boston, closed during tryouts, retitled "Welcome Darlings" for a one-night-only show in Westport, Connecticut)
*"Eugenia" (January 30 - February 9, 1957) (Broadway)
*"House on the Rocks" (June 1958) (tour)
*"Crazy October" (October 8, 1958 - closing date unknown) (opened in
New Haven, Connecticut, closed in San Franciscoduring tryouts)
*"Craig's Wife" (June 30, 1960) (
Nyack, New York)
*"Midgie Purvis" (February 1 - February 18, 1961) (Broadway)
*"Here Today" (June 1962) (tour)
The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore" (January 1 - January 4, 1964) (Broadway)
*"Glad Tidings" (June 1964) (tour)
* ( [http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-birticle.cgi?file=/gate/archive/2001/01/26/queer.DTL review] )
* [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0256305/ Internet Movie Data Base - John Emery]
* [http://home.hiwaay.net/~oliver/bankhead.html Tallulah Bankhead - A Passionate Life]
* [http://web.archive.org/web/20050531005625/http://www.newyorker.com/critics/atlarge/articles/050516crat_atlarge "Dah-ling: The strange case of Tallulah Bankhead"] by Robert Gottlieb, "
The New Yorker", May 16, 2005
* [http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,769677,00.html Verbal Turpitude] , Time Magazine, Aug. 22, 1932
* [http://www.adherents.com/people/pb/Tallulah_Bankhead.html The Religious Affiliation of Tallulah Bankhead]
* [http://www.fyne.co.uk/index.php?item=228 Gay Great - Tallulah Bankhead]
* [http://www.robert-temple.com/nostalgia/tallulah.html Tallulah the Lonely by Robert Temple]
* [http://film.virtual-history.com/person.php?personid=898 Photographs and literature]
* [http://www.hellmanwyler.com The Demopolis, Alabama history of "The Little Foxes"]
ALTERNATIVE NAMES=Bankhead, Tallulah Brockman
DATE OF BIRTH=
January 31, 1902
PLACE OF BIRTH=
Huntsville, Alabama, United States of America
DATE OF DEATH=
December 12, 1968
PLACE OF DEATH=
New York, New York, United States of America
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