Tallulah: My Autobiography / Edition 2

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Overview

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).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578066353
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 7/7/2004
  • Series: Southern Icons Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 1,242,703
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Exercise on the Trapeze 1
2. Echoes of My Childhood 27
3. Nibbling at Fame 52
4. Flirtation with Sin 92
5. Invasion of the British Isles 108
6. Ambushed by Somerset Maugham 142
7. Tales of London Town 151
8. Portraits and Pranks 176
9. Duels with the Screen 189
10. Touch and Go on Broadway 203
11. Regina and Sabina 237
12. Chez Moi with Zoo 260
13. Creed of a Random Voter 275
14. Loose Amid the Microphones 287
15. Affidavit of the Accused 303
16. Motion to Adjourn 320
Postscript 327
Index 333
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2006

    Call me Tallulah, daaahling!

    I went into this book loving Tallulah and came out of it loving her even more! She's gotta be one of the funniest people to walk the planet! While I've read other biographies on 'Tallu', none of them come anywhere close to comparing to this! Although she may exaggerate some things and be modest about others, the way she tells her own story is simply fascinating. Fascinating. I laughed outloud about a ZILLION times!! Tallulah is the person to come to if you want to know some crazy stories behind the scenes of the glamorous Old Hollywood. For example, showing up at her own party wearing nothing but pearls and high heels! Classic.

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