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Tallulah Bankhead

Date of Death: December 12, 1968 (66)

Birth Place: Hunstville, AL, USA

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Tallulah Bankhead was an American actress, born on January 31, 1902, in Huntsville, Alabama. She was the daughter of a prominent political family, but she chose to pursue a career in acting. Bankhead made her Broadway debut in 1918, at the age of 16, in a play called "The Squab Farm." She went on to become one of the most famous actresses of her time, known for her distinctive voice, her wit, and her larger-than-life personality.
Bankhead appeared in over 30 Broadway productions throughout her career, including "They Knew What They Wanted," "The Little Foxes," and "The Skin of Our Teeth." She was known for her ability to bring a sense of glamour and sophistication to the stage, and her performances were often praised for their energy and intensity.
In addition to her work on Broadway, Bankhead also appeared in a number of films, including "Tarnished Lady," "Lifeboat," and "A Royal Scandal." She was known for her sultry voice and her ability to command attention on screen, and she was often cast in roles that allowed her to showcase her wit and charm.
Bankhead was also a popular radio personality, hosting her own show called "The Big Show" in the 1950s. She was known for her quick wit and her ability to improvise on air, and her show featured a number of famous guests, including Ethel Merman, Judy Garland, and Frank Sinatra.
Despite her success on stage and screen, Bankhead was also known for her wild lifestyle and her struggles with addiction. She was often seen at parties and nightclubs, and she was known for her love of alcohol and drugs. Her personal life was the subject of much speculation and gossip, and she was often criticized by the media for her behavior.
Bankhead's last Broadway appearance was in a revival of "The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore" in 1963. She continued to work in film and television throughout the 1960s, appearing in shows like "Batman" and "The Lucy Show."
Tallulah Bankhead died on December 12, 1968, at the age of 66. She left behind a legacy as one of the most talented and charismatic actresses of her time, known for her unique voice, her sharp wit, and her larger-than-life personality.

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Tallulah Bankhead STAGE CREDITS

Mrs. Goforth

Midgie Purvis

Eugenia, Baroness Munster


Amanda Prynne

The Queen

Sophie Wang


Mae Wilenski

Regina Giddens



Miss Flood

Moncia Grey

Broadway Revival, 1935
Sadie Thompson

Judith Traherne

Mary Clay

"Rufus" Rand

Phyllis Nolan

Hallie Livingston

Rose de Brissac


Tallulah Bankhead Movies

[1918]Who Loved Him Best? Nell

[1919]The Trap Helen Carson

[1928]His House in Order Nina Graham

[1931]My Sin Carlotta, Ann Trevor

[1931]The Cheat Elsa Carlyle

[1931]Tarnished Lady Nancy Courtney

[1932]Faithless Carol Morgan

[1932]Devil and the Deep Diana Sturm

[1932]Thunder Below Susan

[1943]Stage Door Canteen Tallulah Bankhead

[1944]Lifeboat Connie Porter

[1945]A Royal Scandal Catherine the Great

[1953]Main Street to Broadway Tallulah Bankhead

[1965]Die! Die! My Darling! Mrs. Trefoile

[1966]The Daydreamer The Sea Witch

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STEEL MAGNOLIAS Opens September 21 At Westwego Cultural Center

Jefferson Performing Arts Society kicks off its Westbank 46th season stage productions with Steel Magnolias this month at the Westwego Cultural Center on Sala Avenue in Westwego.

Gamm Announces 2023/24 Season Fellows

The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre (The Gamm) will welcome three new fellows to its 2023-24 Gamm Fellowship Program.

Interview: Writer/Performer Romy Nordlinger on GARDEN OF ALLA: The Alla Nazimova Story at Theatre West

During the Roaring 1920s until its closing on July 27, 1959, West Hollywood’s landmark Garden of Allah Hotel on Sunset Blvd. hosted the Hollywood elite looking to have a great time socializing and mingling without the prying eyes of the media or autograph seekers in their faces, or their beds for that matter. I decided to speak with Romy Nordlinger, the playwright and performer of Garden of Alla in which she shares the life of Alla Nazimova, a Jewish immigrant from Tsarist Russia who became a Broadway and silent film superstar, visionary Hollywood director and producer, LGBTQIA trailblazer, and creator of the hotel which became world famous on many levels, both famous and infamous.

27 Theater Books for Your Summer 2023 Reading List

From theatre biographies to theatre fiction; theatre books for kids to theatre history; check out our collection of 27 new Broadway books for every theatre lover's Summer reading list.

Cast Revealed For THE WIND AND THE RAIN at the Finborough Theatre

A unique rediscovery of one of the biggest hits of the 1930s, Merton Hodge's The Wind and the Rain opens at the Finborough Theatre for a four week limited season on Tuesday, 11 July 2023. 

Tallulah Bankhead Wreaks Havoc In Comedy LOOPED At Drama Works Theatre

Drama Works Theatre Company, a resident theatre company in Old Saybrook, will continue its 2023 season with the razor-sharp comedy Looped, described by the Washington Times as 'Pure theatrical magic! Scathingly funny! Deliciously inappropriate.'

West Coast Premiere of GARDEN OF ALLA is Coming to Theatre West This Summer

Theatre West will present playwright and performer Romy Nordlinger in the West Coast premiere of Garden of Alla: The Alla Nazimova Story. Learn how to purchase tickets!

See Chita Rivera, Cabarets, Drag Shows and More at Olney Outdoors This Summer

Olney Theatre Center has unveiled its summer schedule of 30 events on its newly renovated Root Family Stage at Omi’s Pavilion. 

Out Of The Box Theatre Company to Present Noël Coward's FALLEN ANGELS in June

Out of the Box Theatre Company will conclude its 2022-23 season with an Actors' Equity Association-approved showcase production of the 1925 classic comedy Fallen Angels by Noël Coward, June 7-11.

West Bay Community Theater to Present Noel Coward's PRIVATE LIVES

West Bay Community Theater will present Noel Coward's classic comedy of manners, PRIVATE LIVES, June 29thand 30th (8pm) and Saturday, July 1st (2pm) at the Courthouse Center for the Arts in West Kingston, RI.

23 Theater Books for Your Spring 2023 Reading List

Need a great book  to spring into the new season? This spring, Broadway's best have put pen to paper to turn out theatre page-turners of every kind. From theatre biographies to theatre fiction; theatre books for kids to theatre history; check out our collection of 23 new Broadway books for every theatre lover's spring reading list.

Olney Theatre Center To Announce Extension Of KINKY BOOTS At Tonight's First Preview Performance

Olney Theatre Center is extending the run of KINKY BOOTS (music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, book by Harvey Fierstein, directed by Jason Loewith) for one week of additional performances. The new closing date is March 26, 2023.

Madhuri Shekar's A NICE INDIAN BOY to Have Regional Premiere at Olney Theatre Center in March

A Nice Indian Boy by Madhuri Shekar and directed by Zi Alikhan will have its regional premiere in Olney Theatre Center’s Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab in a production featuring the work of one of the fastest rising and prolific American playwrights working.

GARBO'S CUBAN LOVER Opens at Casa 0101 Theatre In February

Macha Theatre/Films will present the critically acclaimed play Garbo's Cuban Lover at Casa 0101 Theatre from February 10 - 25, 2023. Opening night weekend Red Carpet will take place on Saturday, February 11, 2023 with a reception following the performance. The new mounting will be a “reimagined production” of the show, with more music, dance and multimedia.

Review: THE JINKX & DELA HOLIDAY SHOW At Town Hall Is The Annual Holiday Show People Should See

The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Show sold out Town Hall this year, and it should sell out Town Hall every year.

GARBO'S CUBAN LOVER Comes to Casa 0101 Theatre in February

MACHA Theatre/Films will present the critically acclaimed play Garbo's Cuban Lover. First produced in 2001, the new mounting will be a 'reimagined production' of the show, with more music, dance and multimedia.

REDCAT Presents Christina Catherine Martinez: AESTHETICAL RELATIONS This Month

On Nov. 11, 2022, Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater (REDCAT), CalArts' center for contemporary arts in downtown Los Angeles, proudly presents Aesthetical Relations, an itinerant and irregular live comedy talk show experience, written and hosted by Los Angeles based writer, actor, art critic, and comedian Christina Catherine Martinez. 

Olney Theatre Center's Remount of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST to Open in November

Olney Theatre Center’s remount of its 2021 hit Disney’s Beauty and the Beast runs November 9, 2022 - January 1, 2023, on the Mainstage. Jade Jones and Evan Ruggiero, who attracted national attention last year for their stereotype-busting performances in the lead roles, also return to star as Belle and the Beast.

Tovah Feldshuh to Recur in Amazon's SHELTER Series

Funny Girl star Tovah Feldshuh will recur as Bat Lady in Prime Video's new series, Shelter. The character is described as a reclusive, ghostlike figure who gives Mickey (Jaden Michael) a mysterious and disturbing piece of news. The cast also include Jaden Michael, Constance Zimmer, Adrian Greensmith, Abby Corrigan, Sage Linder, and Brian Altemus.

Official: Lea Michele Is FUNNY GIRL's Next Fanny Brice; Tovah Feldshuh Will Take Over as Mrs. Brice

It's official! Lea Michele will take over as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl on Broadway, succeeding Beanie Feldstein who will depart the production on July 31st. Find out when Lea Michele and Tovah Feldshuh are joining the show, how to get ticket and more.


Tallulah Bankhead has appeared on Broadway in 22 shows.

Tallulah Bankhead has not appeared in the West End

Tallulah Bankhead has been nominated for the Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play for her role as Midgie Purvis.

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