American actress of the stage and screenDied when: 66 years 316 days (802 months)
Star Sign: Aquarius
Tallulah Brockman Bankhead (January 31, 1902 – December 12, 1968) was an American actress.Primarily an actress of the stage, Bankhead also appeared in several prominent films including an award-winning performance in Alfred Hitchcock's Lifeboat (1944).
She also had a brief but successful career on radio and made appearances on television.In all, Bankhead amassed nearly 300 film, stage, television and radio roles during her career.
She was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1972 and the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame in 1981.Bankhead was a member of the Bankhead and Brockman family, a prominent Alabama political family.
Her grandfather and her uncle were U.S. senators, and her father was Speaker of the House of Representatives.Bankhead's support of liberal causes, including the budding civil rights movement, brought her into public conflict with her family and southern contemporaries, who championed white supremacy and racial segregation.
She also supported foster children and helped families escape the Spanish Civil War and World War II.Bankhead struggled with alcoholism and drug addiction; she reportedly smoked 120 cigarettes a day and talked openly about her vices.
She also openly had a series of relationships with both men and women.