Tallulah Bankhead


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  • ''We have played this show everywhere except underwater.''
    Tallulah Bankhead (1903-1968), U.S. actress. As quoted in Tallulah, introduction, by Brendan Gill (1972). Of Noel Coward's Private Lives, with which she toured over a period of many years and played many times in many cities and towns.
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  • ''... all my life I've been terrible at remembering people's names. I once introduced a friend of mine as Martini. Her name was actually Olive.''
    Tallulah Bankhead (1903-1968), U.S. actress. Originally quoted in an October 19, 1964 London newspaper. As quoted in Tallulah, photograph section at back, by Brendan Gill (1972). The Southern-born actress was explaining "why she calls everybody 'dahling.'" Parenthetically, Bankhead was known to be a heavy drinker.
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  • ''I've tried several varieties of sex. The conventional position makes me claustrophobic and the others give me a stiff neck or lockjaw.''
    Tallulah Bankhead (1903-1968), U.S. screen actor. Quoted in Lee Israel, Miss Tallulah Bankhead (1972).
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  • ''I'm as pure as the driven slush.''
    Tallulah Bankhead (1903-1968), U.S. screen actor. Quoted in Saturday Evening Post (April 12, 1947). Quoted by Maurice Zolotow.
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  • ''There is less in this than meets the eye.''
    Tallulah Bankhead (1903-1968), U.S. screen actor. Quoted in Shouts and Murmurs, ch. 4, Alexander Woollcott (1922). Remark to Woollcott, referring to a revival of Maeterlinck's play Aglavaine and Selysette.
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  • ''Will TV kill the theater? If the programs I have seen, save for "Kukla, Fran and Ollie," the ball games and the fights, are any criterion, the theater need not wake up in a cold sweat.''
    Tallulah Bankhead (1903-1968), U.S. actress. Tallulah, ch. 1 (1952). Kukla, Fran and Ollie was a popular television show of the 1950s starring Fran Allison and Burr Tillstrom's hand puppets. At this point, Bankhead had never appeared on television; later, she would.
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  • ''Acting is a form of confession.''
    Tallulah Bankhead (1903-1968), U.S. actress. Tallulah, ch. 16 (1952).
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  • ''I have three phobias which, could I mute them, would make my life as slick as a sonnet, but as dull as ditch water: I hate to go to bed, I hate to get up, and I hate to be alone.''
    Tallulah Bankhead (1903-1968), U.S. screen actor. Tallulah, ch. 1 (1952).
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  • ''Cocaine habit-forming? Of course not. I ought to know. I've been using it for years.''
    Tallulah Bankhead (1903-1968), U.S. screen actor. Tallulah, ch. 4 (1952). According to Tallulah, this was the riposte she used to shock people when taking throat-lozenges. Apart from on one occasion, she claimed never to have used cocaine "except medicinally."
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  • ''Television could perform a great service in mass education, but there's no indication its sponsors have anything like this on their minds.''
    Tallulah Bankhead (1903-1968), U.S. actress. Tallulah, ch. 1 (1952). At this point, Bankhead had never appeared on television. Later, she would.
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