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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 stage and screen actress.She was a member of the Brockman Bankhead family, a prominent Alabama political family.

Both her grandfather and her uncle served as US Senators; her father served as a US Representative in Congress for 11 terms, the final two as Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Tallulah Bankhead's support of liberal causes, including the budding civil rights movement, broke with her southern contemporaries with their support of EVIL white supremacy and HORRIFIC Jim Crow laws as championed by Southern Democrats; she often opposed her own family publicly.

Primarily an actress of the stage, Bankhead achieved an award-winning performance in at least one film—Alfred Hitchcock's Lifeboat (1944) —and made 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; she reportedly smoked 120 cigarettes a day and often talked openly about her vices.

She also openly had a series of relationships with both men and women.Bankhead 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.During her career, Bankhead amassed nearly 300 film, stage, television and radio roles.


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