~Tallulah Bankhead~

Born: January 31, 1902 in Huntsville, Alabama, USA
Died: December 12, 1968 in New York City, New York, USA
Seductive, whiskey-voiced, one-of-a-kind American leading lady Tallulah Bankhead, the daughter of
the Speaker of the House of Representatives William Brockman Bankhead, began her stage career at
age 15 after being educated in a convent. She did more stage work plus two silent films, then went to
London in 1923 where she became a celebrity while performing brilliantly in a string of plays. The
hot-blooded Bankhead preferred to live dangerously and became notorious for her uninhibited
behavior (such as taking off her clothes in public), a tendency many have seen as detrimental to the
use of her considerable talents. She appeared in two British silents before coming to America in 1930;
signed by Paramount, she began her movie career in earnest but remained more a fixture of
Broadway, where she shone in plays such as The Little Foxes (for which she won the New York
Drama Critics' Circle Award in 1939, an award she won again in 1942 for The Skin of Our Teeth). Her
movie career was spotty and included several box office disasters, perhaps because her extravagant,
larger-than-life personality was not done justice on the screen; her more memorable appearances
include a celebrated performance in Hitchcock's Lifeboat (1944), for which she was cited by New York
Film Critics. Bankhead made only three more films after Lifeboat. She is divorced from actor John
Emery. In 1952, she wrote her autobiography, Tallulah.

Biography from AllMovie.com
Batman (TV Series) (1967)
- Caught in the Spider's Den (1967) ... Black Widow (as Miss Tallulah Bankhead)
- Black Widow Strikes Again (1967) ... Black Widow (as Miss Tallulah Bankhead)
The Daydreamer (1966) ... The Sea Witch (voice)
The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series) (1965)
- A Jerk of All Trades (1965) ... Mme. Fragrant
Die! Die! My Darling! (1965) ... Mrs. Trefoile
The United States Steel Hour (TV Series) (1954-1962)
- A Man for Oona (1962) ... Lillian Throgmorton
- Hedda Gabler (1954) ... Hedda Gabler

The Boy Who Owned a Melephant (Short) (1959) ... Narrator (voice)
General Electric Theater (TV Series) (1957)
- Eyes of a Stranger (1957) ... Katherine Belmont
Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series) (1957)
- The Hole Card (1957) ... Jessie Baxter
Main Street to Broadway (1953) ... Talulah Bankhead

A Royal Scandal (1945) ... Catherine the Great
Lifeboat (1944) ... Connie Porter
Stage Door Canteen (1943) ... Tallulah Bankhead

Faithless (1932) ... Carol Morgan
Devil and the Deep (1932) ... Diana Sturm
Make Me a Star (1932) ... Tallulah Bankhead (uncredited)
Thunder Below (1932) ... Susan
The Cheat (1931) ... Elsa Carlyle
My Sin (1931) ... Carlotta / Ann Trevor
Tarnished Lady (1931) ... Nancy Courtney

Her Cardboard Lover (Short) (1929)
His House in Order (1928) ... Nina Graham

The Trap (1919) ... Helen Carson
Thirty a Week (1918) ... Barbara Wright (uncredited)
When Men Betray (1918) ... Alice Edwards (uncredited)
Who Loved Him Best? (1918) ... Nell