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Tallulah Bankhead Biography
- Tallulah Brockman Bankhead (January 31, 1902 Ã¢Â€Â“ December 12, 1968) was an American actress of the stage and screen, talk-show host, and bonne vivante. Bankhead was also known for her deep voice, flamboyant personality, romances with men and women, and support of liberal causes, which broke with the tendency of Southern Democrats at the time to support a more conservative agenda. She was inducted into the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame in 1981. Bankhead was born in Huntsville, Alabama, to William Brockman Bankhead and Adelaide Eugenia "Ada" Bankhead (nÃƒÂ©e Sledge). The event took place on the second floor of what is now known as the Isaac Schiffman Building; a marker has been erected to commemorate the site and, in 1980, the building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. "Tallu" was named after her paternal grandmother. Her mother died as a result of blood poisoning on February 23, 1902, shortly after Tallulah's birth, and is buried in Huntsville's historic Maple Hill Cemetery. The young Tallulah was described as "an extremely homely child", overweight and with a deep, husky voice resulting from chronic bronchitis. However, others described her as an exhibitionist, performer, personality, and star from the very beginning.
Tallulah Bankhead Filmography
- (2010) Time to Remember as Herself (archive footage)
- (2005) Shepperton Babylon as Herself (archive footage)
- (2003) Complicated Women as Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
- (2001) I Love Lucy's 50th Anniversary Special as (archive footage)
- (1995) The Casting Couch as (archive footage)
- (1988) The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind as Herself - Actress Testing for Scarlett (archive footage)
- (1987) Biography as Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
- (1969) Hollywood: The Selznick Years as Herself, film clip (screen test) (archive footage) (uncredited)
- (1967) Omnibus as Herself (archive footage)
- (1967) The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour as Herself
- (1966) Batman as Black Widow (as Miss Tallulah Bankhead)
- (1966) The Daydreamer as The Sea Witch (voice)
- (1965) Fanatic as Mrs. Trefoile
- (1962) The Andy Williams Show as Herself
- (1962) The Merv Griffin Show as Herself
- (1962) The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson as Herself
- (1960) Gala Adlai on Broadway as Herself - Performer
- (1959) The Big Party as Herself
- (1958) The Milton Berle Show as
- (1957) The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour as Herself
- (1957) The Polly Bergen Show as Herself
- (1957) Tonight Starring Jack Paar as Herself
- (1956) The Steve Allen Show as Herself - Guest
- (1954) The George Gobel Show as Herself
- (1953) General Electric Theater as Katherine Belmont
- (1953) Main Street to Broadway as Herself
- (1953) Person to Person as Herself - Actress
- (1953) The United States Steel Hour as
- (1953) The United States Steel Hour as Hedda Gabler
- (1951) Schlitz Playhouse of Stars as
- (1951) The Red Skelton Show as Mme. Fragrant
- (1950) Four Star Revue as Herself - Guest Actress (Sketch)
- (1950) Four Star Revue as Herself - Host/Actress (Sketch)
- (1950) Four Star Revue as Herself - Hostess
- (1950) Four Star Revue as Herself - Hostess / Nurse Edith Cavell (Sketch)
- (1950) The Colgate Comedy Hour as Herself - Actress
- (1950) What's My Line? as Herself - Mystery Guest
- (1948) The Milton Berle Show as Herself - Actress
- (1948) The Milton Berle Show as Herself - Actress (archive footage)
- (1948) Toast of the Town as Herself
- (1945) A Royal Scandal as Catherine the Great
- (1944) Lifeboat as Constance 'Connie' Porter
- (1943) Stage Door Canteen as Tallulah BAnkhead
- (1933) Hollywood on Parade No. A-6 as Herself
- (1932) Devil and the Deep as Diana Sturm
- (1932) Faithless as Carol Morgan
- (1932) Make Me a Star as Herself - Cameo appearance (uncredited)
- (1932) Thunder Below as Susan
- (1931) My Sin as Carlotta/Ann Trevor
- (1931) Tarnished Lady as Nancy Courtney
- (1931) The Cheat as Elsa Carlyle
- (1928) His House in Order as Nina Graham
- (1919) The Trap as Helen Carson
- (1918) Thirty a Week as Barbara Wright (uncredited)
- (1918) When Men Betray as Alice Edwards (uncredited)
- (1918) Who Loved Him Best? as Nell
Tallulah Bankhead Other Works
- (1918- 1964). Active on Broadway in the following productions:
- (1918). Stage Play: The Squab Farm. Written by 'Frederic Hatton' and 'Fanny Hatton' . Bijou Theatre: 13 Mar 1918- Apr 1918 (closing date unknown/45 performances). Cast: 'Bert Angeles' , 'Tallulah Bankhead' [Broadway debut], Raymond Bloomer, Julia Bruns, 'Harry Davenport (I)' , Alfred Dayton, Florence Doyle, William L. Gibson, Fred Kaufman, 'Dorothy Klewer' , Vivian Rushmore, Charles Seay, 'Lowell Sherman' , G. Oliver Smith, Ann Sustin, Suzanne Willa. Produced by Lee Shubert and J.J. Shubert.
- (1920). Stage Play: Footloose. Drama. Written by 'Zoe Akins' from "For-get-me-not" by 'Herman Merivale' and 'F.C. Grove' . Directed by 'O.P. Heggie' . Greenwich Village Theatre: 10 May 1920- Jun 1920 (closing date unknown/32 performances). Cast: 'Tallulah Bankhead' (as "Rose de Brissac"), Lillian Brennard, Robert Casadesus, O.P. Heggie (as "Barrato"), 'Elisabeth Risdon' (as "Alice Verney"), Emily Stevens, 'Norman Trevor' (as "Sir Horace Welby"), John Webster. Produced by George C. Tyler.
- (1939). Stage Play: The Little Foxes. Drama. Written by 'Lillian Hellman' . Scenic Design by Howard Bay. Costume Design by 'Aline Bernstein' . Directed by 'Herman Shumlin' . National Theatre: 15 Feb 1939- 3 Feb 1940 (410 performances). Cast: 'Tallulah Bankhead' (as "Regina Giddens"), 'Patricia Collinge' (as "Birdie Hubbard"), 'Frank Conroy (I)' (as "Horace Giddens"), 'Lee Baker (I)' (as "William Marshall"), 'Charles Dingle' (as "Benjamin Hubbard"), 'Dan Duryea' (as "Leo Hubbard"), John Marriott (as "Cal"), 'Abbey Mitchell' [credited as Abbie Mitchell] (as "Addie"), 'Carl Benton Reid' (as "Oscar Hubbard"), 'Florence Williams (I)' (as "Alexandra Giddens"). Replacement actors: 'Eugenia Rawls' (as "Alexandra Giddens"). Produced by Herman Shumlin. Note: Filmed by The Samuel Goldwyn Co. as The Little Foxes (1941) and Die kleinen Füchse (1962) (TV) [Germany].
- (1930s) Stage: Appeared (as "Judith Traherne") in "Dark Victory" on Broadway.
- (1941). Stage Play: Clash by Night. Drama. Written by 'Clifford Odets' . Scenic Design by 'Boris Aronson' . Directed by 'Lee Strasberg' . Belasco Theatre: 27 Dec 1941- 7 Feb 1942 (49 performances). Cast: 'Seth Arnold' (as "Vincent Kress"), 'Tallulah Bankhead' (as "Mae Wilenski"), Ralph Chambers (as "Mr. Potter"), 'Lee J. Cobb' (as "Jerry Wilenski"), Stephan Eugene Cole (as "Usher"), 'Harold Grau' (as "Man"), 'John F. Hamilton' (as "Jerry's Father"), Katherine Locke (as "Peggy Coffey"), 'William Nunn' (as "Waiter"), 'Robert Ryan (I)' (as "Joe W. Doyle"), 'Joseph Schildkraut' (as "Earl Pfeiffer"), Joseph Shattuck (as "Abe Horowitz"), Art Smith (as "Tom"). Produced by 'Billy Rose (I)' . Note: filmed as Clash by Night (1952) .
- (1933) Stage: Appeared (as "Mary Clay") in "Forsaking All Others" on Broadway. Comedy. Written by Edward Roberts and 'Frank Cavett' . Directed by 'Thomas Mitchell (I)' . Times Square Theatre: 1 Mar 1933-Jun 1933 (closing date unknown/110 performances). Cast: Harry Anderson, 'Harlan Briggs' (as "Dent"), 'Ilka Chase' (as "Elinor Branch"), Millicent Hanley, Robert Hudson, Fred Keating, 'Anderson Lawler' (as "Dillon Todd"), 'George Lessey' , Donald MacDonald, Barbara O'Neil, 'Nancy Ryan (I)' (as "Dottie Winters"), Roger Sterns, 'Cora Witherspoon' (as "Mrs. Paula La Salle"). Produced by 'Archibald Selwyn' .
- (1956) Stage: Starred in an unsuccessful revival of "The Ziegfield Follies", produced by 'Richard Kollmar' (husband of New York columnist 'Dorothy Kilgallen', which closed before making it to Broadway.
- (1955) Stage: Appeared in US tour of "Dear Charles". Also in cast: 'Patsy Kelly' .
- (1938) Stage: Starred in "I Am Different", Ritz Theater, Los Angeles, CA.
- (1952) Radio: Starred as Margo Channing in an adaptation of the film All About Eve (1950) .
- (1956) Stage: Appeared (as "Blanche Du Bois") in "A Streetcar Named Desire" on Broadway. Drama (revival). Written by 'Tennessee Williams' . Scenery and lighting executed by Watson Barratt. Based on original designs by 'Jo Mielziner' . Production Design by Watson Barratt.
- Directed by Herbert Machiz. City Center: 15 Feb 1956-26 Feb 1956 (15 performances). Cast: David Anthony (as "Sailor"), 'Bert Bertram' (as "Strange Man"), 'Rudy Bond' (as "Mitch"), Sandy Campbell (as "Young Collector"), Vinnette Carroll (as "Negro Woman"), Bruno Damon, Jean Ellyn, Lou Gilbert (as "Pablo Gonzales"), 'Frances Heflin' (as "Stella Kowalski"), 'Dorrit Kelton' (as "Strange Woman"), 'Gerald S. O'Loughlin' (as "Stanley Kowalski"), 'Edna Thomas (I)' (as "Mexican Woman"). Produced by New York City Center Theatre Company (Jean Dalrymple: Director).
- (1942). Stage Play: The Skin of Our Teeth. Comedy. Written by 'Thornton Wilder' . Press Representative: Richard Maney and John L. Toohey. Stage Manager: B.D. Kranz. Assistant Stage Mgr: Stanley Prager. Directed by 'Elia Kazan' . Plymouth Theatre: 18 Nov 1942- 25 Sep 1943 (359 performances). Cast: 'Tallulah Bankhead' (as "Sabina"), 'Florence Eldridge' (as "Mrs. Antrobus"), 'Fredric March' (as "Mr. Antrobus"), 'Remo Bufano' (as "Dinosaur"), Carroll Clark, Harry Clark, 'Montgomery Clift' (as "Henry"), Stephan Cole, Ralph Cullinan (as "Homer"), Morton Da Costa, Viola Dean (as "Ivy"), Aubrey Fassett, Edith Faversham, Seumas Flynn, Arthur Griffin, Frances Heflin (as "Gladys"), 'Ralph Kellard' (as "Professor/Mr. Tremayne") [final Broadway role], Emily Lorraine, 'E.G. Marshall' (as "Mr. Fitzpatrick"), 'Eulabelle Moore' (as "Hester"), Eva Mudge Nelson (as "Miss M. Muse"), 'Stanley Prager' (as "Usher/Conveener/Fred Bailey"), Andrew Ratousheff (as "Mammoth"), Florence Reed, Patricia Riordan, Elizabeth Scott, Joseph Smiley, 'Earl Sydnor (I)' (as "Chair Pusher"), 'Dick Van Patten' (as "Telegraph Boy") [credited as Dickie Van Patten], Stanley Weede (as "Conveener"). Produced by 'Michael Myerberg' .
- (1921). Stage Play: The Exciters. Comedy. Written by Martin Brown. Directed by 'Edgar Selwyn' . Times Square Theatre: 22 Sep 1922- Oct 1922 (closing date unknown/43 performances). Cast: 'Marsh Allen' (as "Hilary Rand"),
- 'Tallulah Bankhead' (as "Rufus Rand"), 'Alan Dinehart (I)' (as "Dan MacGee"), Sidney Dudley (as "Second Man"), 'Florence Flinn' (as "Vaughn"), 'Echlin Gayer' (as "Joselyn Basset-Brown"), Roy Gordon (as "Flash Fagan"), Jerry Hart (as "First Man"), Robert Hyman (as "Sumter Dalrymple"), Frederick Karr (as "Mr. Rackham"), 'Wright Kramer' (as "Seymour Katz"), 'Thais Lawton' (as "Mrs. Hilary Rand'), Aline MacMahon' (as "Miss Files"), 'Enid Markey' (as "Ermintrude Marilley"), Albert Marsh (as "Chauffeur"), 'Chester Morris (I)' (as "Lexington Dalrymple"), Edwin Walter (as "St. Joe"). Produced by The Selwyns.
- The Eagle Has Two Heads (1947). Melodrama.
- (1961). Stage Play: Midgie Purvis (1961). Nominated for Tony Award.
- (1964). Stage Play: The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore. (Revival).
- (1938). Stage Play: The Circle. Romantic comedy. Written by 'W. Somerset Maugham' . Scenic Design by Donald Oenslager. Directed by 'Bretaigne Windust' . Playhouse Theatre: 18 Apr 1938- Jun 1938 (closing date unknown/72 performances). Cast: 'Tallulah Bankhead' (as "Elizabeth"), James E. Corbett (as "Benson"), John Emory (as "Edward Luton"), 'Bramwell Fletcher' (as "Arnold Champion-Cheney, M.P."), 'Grace George' (as "Lady Catherine Champion-Cheney"), 'Dennis Hoey (I)' (as "Lord Porteous"), 'Cecil Humphreys (I)' (as "Clive Champion-Cheney"), May Marshall (as "Spaulding"), 'Audrey Ridgewell' [credited as Audrey Ridgwell] (as "Mrs. Shenstone"). Produced by 'William A. Brady' .