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Tallulah : My Autobiography - Tallulah Bankhead


My Autobiography

Paperback Published: 7th July 2004
ISBN: 9781578066353
Number Of Pages: 341

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Tallulah: My Autobiography by Tallulah Bankhead In her own words, the life of the inimitable actress known for her daring ways and distinctive foghorn voice Her grandfather was a U. S. senator. Her uncle was a U. S. congressman. Her father was Speaker of the House. Although born to privilege in Alabama and groomed in a convent school, Tallulah Bankhead resolved not to be just another southern belle. Quickly she rose to the top and became an acclaimed actress of London's West End and on the Broadway stage. She originated the starring roles of Regina Giddens in Lillian Hellman's "The Little Foxes" and Sabina in Thornton Wilder's "The Skin of Our Teeth." Her Broadway performances brought her to the notice of Hollywood, and in 1944 she won a New York Film Critics Circle Award for her leading role in Alfred Hitchcock's "Lifeboat." Yet her flamboyant public personality may be the most fully realized and memorable character Bankhead ever played on stage, screen, radio, or television. Tallulah was famous for her snappy repartee, candid quotes, and scandalous lifestyle. Overfond of Kentucky bourbon and wild parties, she was a lady baritone who called everybody "Dahling." In her autobiography, first published in 1952 and a New York Times bestseller for twenty-six weeks, Bankhead's literary voice is as lively and forthright as her public persona. She details her childhood and adolescence, discusses her dedication to the theater, and presents amusing anecdotes about her life in Hollywood, New York, and London. Along with a searing defense of her lifestyle and rambunctious habits, she provides a fiercely opinionated, wildly funny account of the American stage at a time when the movies were beginning to cast theater into eclipse. This is not only a memoir of an independent woman but also an insider look at American entertainment during a golden age. Tallulah Bankhead (1902-1968) headlined NBC's "The Big Show," a ninety-minute weekly radio extravaganza that aired from 1950 to 1952. In 1965 she appeared in her last movie, a British film titled "Fanatic" ("Die, Die, My Darling!" in U. S. release).

Exercise on the Trapezep. 1
Echoes of My Childhoodp. 27
Nibbling at Famep. 52
Flirtation with Sinp. 92
Invasion of the British Islesp. 108
Ambushed by Somerset Maughamp. 142
Tales of London Townp. 151
Portraits and Pranksp. 176
Duels with the Screenp. 189
Touch and Go on Broadwayp. 203
Regina and Sabinap. 237
Chez Moi with Zoop. 260
Creed of a Random Voterp. 275
Loose Amid the Microphonesp. 287
Affidavit of the Accusedp. 303
Motion to Adjournp. 320
Postscriptp. 327
Indexp. 333
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ISBN: 9781578066353
ISBN-10: 1578066352
Series: Southern Icons
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 341
Published: 7th July 2004
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.03 x 13.82  x 2.41
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 2