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Tallulah Bankhead

Tallulah Bankhead

Born Jan 31, 1902

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, 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.… Read More

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1902 Birth Her mother died of blood poisoning (septicemia) on February 23, 1902, three weeks after Bankhead's birth. … Read More


1918 16 Years Old In 1918, she made her stage debut at the Bijou Theatre in New York.


1923 21 Years Old In 1923, she made her debut on the London stage at Wyndham's Theatre. … Read More
1924 22 Years Old Her fame as an actress was ensured in 1924 when she played Amy in Sidney Howard's They Knew What They Wanted. … Read More
1931 29 Years Old Bankhead returned to the United States in 1931 but Hollywood success eluded her in her first four films of the 1930s. … Read More


1932 30 Years Old 1 More Event
Her 1932 movie Devil and the Deep is notable for the presence of three major co-stars, with Bankhead receiving top billing over Gary Cooper, Charles Laughton and Cary Grant, it is the only film with Cooper and Grant as the film's leading men. … Read More
1933 31 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1933, Bankhead nearly died following a five-hour emergency hysterectomy due to venereal disease. … Read More
1934 32 Years Old In 1934, after recuperating in Alabama, she returned to England. … Read More
1937 35 Years Old Bankhead married actor John Emery, the son of stage actors Edward Emery (circa 1861–1938) and Isabel Waldron (1871–1950), on August 31, 1937, at her father's home in Jasper, Alabama.
1939 37 Years Old Although Bette Davis played the leading character in the 1939 film version, she openly admitted in later years that she had emulated Bankhead in the role. … Read More
1941 39 Years Old Bankhead filed for divorce in Reno, Nevada, in May 1941. … Read More


1942 40 Years Old More success and another New York Drama Critics' Circle 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). … Read More
1944 42 Years Old In 1944, Alfred Hitchcock cast her as cynical journalist Constance Porter in her most successful film, both critically and commercially, Lifeboat. … Read More


1956 54 Years Old In 1956, Bankhead appeared as Blanche DuBois in a revival of Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire (1956), but reviews were poor. … Read More


1967 65 Years Old Her last appearances onscreen came in March 1967 as the villainous Black Widow in the Batman TV series, and on the December 17, 1967, episode of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour comedy-variety TV series, in the "Mahta Harry" skit.
She also appeared on NBC's famous lost Tonight Show Beatles interview that aired on May 14, 1968. … Read More
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