Bankhead, Tallulah

(1903-1968)
   This deep-voiced, drawling Huntsville, Alabama, native became an icon of the tempestuous, flamboyant actress, but she often transcended this image as a dominant figure of the popular theatre. If not the greatest actress of her age, Bankhead was undoubtedly one of its most fascinating, publicized for both her onstage brilliance and her offstage antics. She debuted in Squab Farm (1918), but spent much of her early career replacing the original stars of 39 East (1919), Footloose (1920), Danger (1921), and Her Temporary Husband (1922).
   Bankhead attracted attention when she originated roles in Rachel Crothers's Nice People (1921) and Martin Brown's The Exciters (1922). Unable to rise above secondary status, she moved to London and for over a decade dazzled English audiences, beginning with The Dancers (1923). Returning to Broadway with the cachet of her London triumphs, Bankhead created a range of memorable roles, the finest of which were her definitive characterization of the avaricious Regina Giddens in Lillian Hellman's* drama The Little Foxes* (1939) and her romp as the saucy Sabina Fairweather in Thornton Wilder's* The Skin of Our Teeth* (1942), a role that brought Bankhead the Best Actress award from the New York Drama Critics Circle.*

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  • Bankhead, Tallulah — ▪ American actress in full  Tallulah Brockman Bankhead  born January 31, 1902, Huntsville, Ala., U.S. died December 12, 1968, New York, N.Y.  American actress who was as famous for her offstage shenanigans as for her theatrical achievements.… …   Universalium

  • Bankhead, Tallulah —  (1903–1968) American actress …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • Bankhead,Tallulah Brockman — Bank·head (băngkʹhĕd ), Tallulah Brockman. 1903 1968. American actress noted for her wit, glamour, and performances in plays, such as The Little Foxes (1939), and motion pictures, including Lifeboat (1943). * * * …   Universalium

  • Bankhead, Tallulah (Brockman) — born Jan. 31, 1902, Huntsville, Ala., U.S. died Dec. 12, 1968, New York, N.Y. U.S. film and stage actress. Born to a prestigious family (her father became a prominent congressman), she made her Broadway debut in 1918 and achieved fame on the… …   Universalium

  • Bankhead, Tallulah (Brockman) — (31 ene. 1902, Huntsville, Ala., EE.UU.–12 dic. 1968, Nueva York, N.Y.). Actriz de cine y teatro estadounidense. Nacida en una prestigiosa familia (su padre llegó a ser un prominente congresista), hizo su debut en Broadway en 1918 y alcanzó fama… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Tallulah Bankhead — Tallulah Bankead. Fotografía tomada por Carl van Vechten (1880 1964) el 25 de enero de 1934 Nombre real Tallulah Brockman Bankhead …   Wikipedia Español

  • Tallulah Bankhead — Tallulah Bankhead, 1934 Fotografie von Carl van Vechten, aus der Van Vechten Collection der Library of Congress Tallulah Brockman Bankhead (* 31. Januar 1902 in Huntsville, Alabama; † 12. Dezember 1968 in New York) war eine US amerik …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Tallulah Brockman Bankhead — Tallulah Bankhead, 1934 Fotografie von Carl van Vechten, aus der Van Vechten Collection der Library of Congress Tallulah Brockman Bankhead (* 31. Januar 1902 in Huntsville, Alabama; † 12. Dezember 1968 in …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Tallulah Brockman Bankhead — Tallulah Bankhead Tallulah Bankhead Tallulah Bankhead, photo Carl Van Vechten, 1934 Naissance 31 janvier 1902 …   Wikipédia en Français

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