Tallulah Bankhead

Tallulah Bankhead

Highest Rated: 92% Lifeboat (1944)

Lowest Rated: 33% A Royal Scandal (1945)

Birthday: Jan 31, 1902

Birthplace: Huntsville, Alabama, USA

Though primarily a talented stage actress, Tallulah Bankhead appeared in a number of features despite her distaste for Hollywood. In the 1920s and 1930s, Bankhead dazzled theater audiences in London and New York, though she ultimately became more famous for her tempestuous personality and endless string of love affairs than for her stage performances. In fact, it was the idea of Tallulah Bankhead - with her uninhibited nature, hard-drinking lifestyle and sultry come-hither voice calling everyone "Daaahling" - that became her claim to fame. She made her film debut with "Tarnished Lady" (1931), directed by George Cukor, and proceeded to make a handful of unsuccessful pictures like "The Cheat" (1931) and "Faithless" (1932) before turning back to the bright lights of Broadway. Bankhead was both acclaimed in "The Little Foxes" (1939) and "The Skin of Our Teeth" (1942) - both of which catered to her flamboyant nature - and ridiculed, as she was for "Antony and Cleopatra" (1937). Lured back to Hollywood by none other than Alfred Hitchcock, she delivered her strongest big screen performance in "Lifeboat" (1944), but fell under the weight of Otto Preminger's heavy-handed "A Royal Scandal" (1945). Following stints on anthology television and the success of her autobiography, Bankhead's star faded amidst a haze of alcohol and pills, as evidenced by her ragged appearance in "Die! Die! My Darling" (1965). Still, while other stage actresses fell into obscurity after their deaths, Bankhead remained a source of constant fascination that stood as a testament to both her talents and her over-the-top persona.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 40% The Daydreamer The Sea Witch (Voice) - 1966
50% 58% Die! Die! My Darling! Mrs. Trefoile (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Main Street to Broadway Herself (Character) - 1953
33% 29% A Royal Scandal Catherine the Great (Character) - 1945
92% 87% Lifeboat Constance "Connie" Porter (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet 66% Stage Door Canteen Herself (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 25% Faithless Carol Morgan (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Devil and the Deep Diana Sturm (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tarnished Lady Nancy Courtney (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet 67% The Cheat Elsa Carlyle (Character) - 1931

TV

Credit
93% 78% Batman Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Merv Griffin Show Guest 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1965 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet We Love Lucy Unknown (Guest Star) 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour Unknown (Guest Star) 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet The United States Steel Hour Hedda Gabler (Character) 1954

QUOTES FROM Tallulah Bankhead CHARACTERS

Pat Carroll says: What do you intend to do, starve me to repentance?

Mrs. Trefoile says: If necessary.