Maybe you know her name, or maybe you are into movies or old Hollywood and you'd heard her name and some salacious gossip...even today 45 years after her death.
I first became intrigued with Miss Bankhead while reading Milking The Moon, a bio of Eugene Walter. Here's the story of their first meeting recounted by Paste Magazine writer Charles McNair:
"He claimed as a friend Tallulah Bankhead. Ms. Bankhead bestowed her friendship on Eugene after he suggested a stage prop in one of her shows be given to “the state of Alabama because we ought to make a shrine over that like they made over Buddha’s tooth in Ceylon.” According to Eugene, Ms. Bankhead rewarded him with three of her pubic hairs for his suggestion … two of which he swapped for books or other treasures, and one of which he kept in a Chinese porcelain box until the day he died."
When I read a book I use a 4x11" folded piece of paper as a bookmark. I use that to make note of things I know nothing about, and things I want to know more about.
Here's what I learned from Tallulah Bankhead.
Via Tallulah - My Autobiography
062015 - Updated via Tallulah Bankhead - A Scandalous Life
Princess Patricia regiment
Barnaby comic strip
film:: The House On 92nd Street
film:: A Royal Scandal
The Talmadge Sisters
Margaret Case Harriman & The Vicious Circle
Ninon D' Enclos
Toper or Tosspot
Chemin de fir
Tom Tiddler's Ground
Augustus John (painting of Tallulah)
Gainesborough - Perdita
Ambrose McEvoy (Portraint of Tallulah)
James Thurber cartoon that Tallulah owned
Francois Villon: "Ou' sant les neiges d'antan?"
Sgt. Eugene List