Tallulah Bankhead

Actor, Theater Actor

1902 – 1968


Who was Tallulah Bankhead?

Tallulah Brockman Bankhead 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, 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.

Famous Quotes:

  • If I had my life to live again. I'd make the same mistakes, only sooner.
  • Nobody can be exactly like me. Sometimes even I have trouble doing it.
  • I've tried several varieties of sex. The conventional position makes me claustrophobic and the others give me a stiff neck or lockjaw.
  • I have three phobias which, could I mute them, would make my life as slick as a sonnet, but as dull as ditch water: I hate to go to bed, I hate to get up, and I hate to be alone.
  • I've been called many things, but never an intellectual.
  • I'm as pure as the driven slush.
  • It's one of the tragic ironies of the theatre that only one man in it can count on steady work -- the night watchman.
  • No man worth his salt, no man of spirit and spine, no man for whom I could have any respect, could rejoice in the identification of Tallulah's husband. It's tough enough to be bogged down in a legend. It would be even tougher to marry one.
  • 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.
  • I'd rather be strongly wrong than weakly right.

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Jan 31, 1902
Also known as
  • Tallulah Brockman Bankhead
  • Tallu
  • Bankhead, Tallulah
  • Miss Tallulah Bankhead
  • Methodist
  • United States of America
  • Mary Baldwin College
Lived in
  • Huntsville
Dec 12, 1968
New York City
Resting place

on July 23, 2013


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