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Tallulah Bankhead

American actress of the stage and screen

Died when: 66 years 316 days (802 months)
Star Sign: Aquarius


Tallulah Bankhead

Tallulah Brockman Bankhead (January 31, 1902 – December 12, 1968) was an American actress of the stage and screen.Bankhead was a member of the Brockman Bankhead family, a prominent Alabama political family; her grandfather and uncle were U.S.

Senators and her father served as an 11-term member of Congress, the final two as Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Tallulah's support of liberal causes such as civil rights broke with the tendency of the Southern Democrats to support a more typically aligned agenda, and she often opposed her own family publicly.

Primarily an actress of the stage, Bankhead did have one hit film—Alfred Hitchcock's Lifeboat (1944) —as well as a brief but successful career on radio.

She later made appearances on television as well.In her personal life, Bankhead struggled with alcoholism and drug addiction, and smoked around 120 cigarettes per day.

Bankhead also openly talked about her vices.She was openly bisexual, having had a series of relationships with both men and women.

She supported foster children and helped families escape the Spanish Civil War and World War II.She was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1972, and the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame in 1981.

Upon her death, Bankhead had amassed nearly 300 film, stage, television, and radio roles.

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