Bankhead, Tallulah

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From the description of Papers, [ca. 1920]-1968. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 155507628

Tallulah (Tallulah Brockman) Bankhead was born 1902 Jan. 31 to William B. and Ada Eugenia Sledge Bankhead in Huntsville, Madison Co., Ala. She attended primary school in Montomery, Ala., while living with her uncle and aunt, Dr. and Mrs. Thomas M. Owen. She later attended Convent of the Sacred Heart (N.Y.), 1912-1913; Mary Baldwin Seminary (Va.), 1913; Convent of the Visitation, 1913-1914; Convent of the Holy Cross, and Fairmont Seminary, the latter three near Washington, D.C.

She began her acting career in 1918 in silent films, then plays in the U.S. After surviving an appendectomy and a serious stage accident in 1919, she became a star in London, England, for several years, 1923-1930, and in 1928 was engaged to Count Anthony de Bosdari, though they never married. In 1930 she returned to the U.S. to launch her movie career. Most of her success occurred on the stage, however, with her biggest hits occurring after she survived a serious health threat in 1933.

She married John Emery on 1937 Aug. 31, but they divorced in 1941. She starred in many plays and several movies over her long career, as well as in radio and television. She was celebrated for her electric, throaty performances on stage, and her lusty life-style off-stage.

She reached the pinnacle of her Broadway career with her performance as Regina in The Little Foxes (1939). She received both the New York Drama Critics and New York Film Critics awards during her lifetime, the latter award for her performance in Lifeboat (1943).

She died 1968 Dec. 12, from pneumonia, complicated by emphysema.

From the description of Papers, 1902-1968. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122380536

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Bankhead, Tallulah, 1902-1968. Papers, 1902-1968. Alabama Department of Archives and History
creatorOf Donald Cooke Theatre Collection (University of Guelph). Collection of theatre programs collected by Donald Cooke, from Canada, United States and Europe, 1940-1994. University of Guelph
referencedIn William Skipper papers, 1915-1987 The New York Public Library. Jerome Robbins Dance Division.
referencedIn Fred Allen Radio Scripts, 1934-1949 Manuscript Division, Library of Congress
referencedIn Alix Jeffry additional papers, 1935-1993. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Alexander Woollcott correspondence, ca. 1856-1943 (inclusive), 1920-1943 (bulk). Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Serge Koussevitzky Archive, 1920-1976, (bulk 1924-1951) Music Division Library of Congress
referencedIn Irving Berlin collection of non-commercial sound recordings [sound recording] The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
referencedIn Robert Benney research materials, 1926-1978 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Aviva Slesin collection of research and production materials for the ten-year lunch: the wit and legend of the Algonquin Round Table, 1920s-1988 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Bankhead, Tallulah, 1902-1968. Papers, [ca. 1920]-1968. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Hellman, Florence Marx. Theatrical diaries kept by Florence Marx Hellman, 1903-1942. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Eppes, William D. Autograph collection of William D. Eppes, 1908-1998. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Papers, 1928-1981. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn John Mason Brown papers, 1922-1967. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Lane Brothers Commercial Photographers (Atlanta, Ga.). Lane Brothers Commercial Photographers photographic collection. Portraits, 1925-1974 (bulk 1939-1971). Georgia State University
referencedIn Rawls, Eugenia. Eugenia Rawls and Donald Seawell theater collection, 1916- 1988. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Rafael Valdivia portraits, 1926-1948 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Lawler, Anderson, 1902-1959. Anderson Lawler correspondence, 1927-1959. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Alan Shulman papers, 1924-2005, 1933-1988 The New York Public Library. Music Division.
creatorOf Handy, W. C. (William Christopher), 1873-1958. W.C. Handy collection, 1914-1954. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Bankhead, John Hollis, 1872-1946. Papers, 1880-1947 and n.d. Alabama Department of Archives and History
referencedIn Lothar, Minda. Typescript and notes for The Avante-garde Woman, ca.1957. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn John Eldon Thayer collection of motion picture memorabilia, 1916-1979. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Valdivia, Rafael. Rafael Valdivia portraits, 1926-1948. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Typescript and notes for The Avante-garde Woman, ca.1957 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Anderson Lawler correspondence, 1927-1959 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Thayer, John Eldon, 1899-1980,. John Eldon Thayer collection of motion picture memorabilia, 1916-1979. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Sparkes, Grace M., 1893-1963. Sparkes photograph collection, ca. 1910-1950. Arizona Historical Society, Southern Arizona Division
referencedIn Rawls, Eugenia. Papers, 1975-2000. Denver Public Library, Central Library
referencedIn W.C. Handy collection, 1914-1954 The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.
referencedIn Gypsy Rose Lee papers, 1910-1970 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Lovett, Josephine. "Thunder below" - movie script, 1932. University of Georgia, University of Georgia, Main Library
referencedIn Alix Jeffry additional papers, 1935-1993. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Thornton Wilder papers, 1892-1991, 1935-1975 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Allen, Fred, 1894-1956. Papers of Fred Allen, 1932-1951. Library of Congress
referencedIn Shulman, Alan. Alan Shulman papers, 1924-2005 (bulk 1933-1988). New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Sombrero Playhouse papers, 1961-1964 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Tallulah Bankhead : photographs, playbills, correspondence, and newspaper clippings. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Tallulah Bankhead collection, [19--?-ongoing]. Museum of Performance & Design
referencedIn Barnouw, Erik, 1908-2001. [Interview with Erik Barnouw] [sound recording] / Erik Barnouw ; [interviewed by] Les Brown, New York City, November 20, 1996. Syracuse University
referencedIn Anderson, Ellen Graham, 1887-. Papers of Ellen Graham Anderson [manuscript], 1912-1959. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Stein, Joseph. Papers, 1942-1969. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Theatre Arts Monthly, collection of portraits, ca., ca., 1924-1939 (bulk), 1916-1964 (inclusive). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Horace Mann Bond Papers MS 411., 1830-1979, 1926-1972 Special Collections and University Archives, UMass Amherst Libraries
referencedIn American Vaudeville Museum collection, 1845-2007, (bulk 1910-1940) University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
referencedIn Lucille Lortel papers, 1902-2000 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Skipper, William. William Skipper papers, 1915-1987. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Photographs: Index. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Souvenir programs for theatrical productions, 1906-2005. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Rawls, Eugenia. Eugenia Rawls papers, 1920-1992. Greenwich Public School
referencedIn Slesin, Aviva. Aviva Slesin collection of research and production materials for the ten-year lunch: the wit and legend of the Algonquin Round Table, 1920s-1988. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Ward Morehouse papers, 1877-1966, 1924-1966 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Witter Bynner papers, 1829-1965. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Morehouse, Ward, 1898-1966. Ward Morehouse papers, 1877-1966 bulk (1924-1966). New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Swanson, Gloria. Papers. Series I. Correspondence, 1907-1983. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Charlton, Richard. Sombrero Playhouse papers, 1961-1964. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Maxwell, Gilbert, 1910-. Gilbert Maxwell papers, 1931-1979. Georgia Newspaper Project
referencedIn Bankhead, William Brockman, 1874-1940. Papers, 1875-1952 and n.d. Alabama Department of Archives and History
referencedIn Bankhead family. Bankhead family photographs, 1930-1942. Alabama Department of Archives and History
referencedIn George Hoyningen-Huene photographs, 1925-1943. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Papers concerning the Broadway play Eugenia, 1956-1958. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Elisabeth Fraser papers, 1920-1999 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
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associatedWith Actors Equity Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Allen, Fred, 1894-1956. person
associatedWith American Museum of Vaudeville corporateBody
associatedWith Anderson, Ellen Graham, 1887- person
associatedWith Bankhead family. family
associatedWith Bankhead family. family
associatedWith Bankhead, Florence M. person
associatedWith Bankhead, Henry M. (Henry McAuley), b.1876. person
associatedWith Bankhead, John H. (John Hollis), 1842-1920. person
associatedWith Bankhead, John Hollis, 1872-1946. person
associatedWith Bankhead, Louise. person
associatedWith Bankhead, Tallulah James Brockman, [ca.1840]-[ca.1922]. person
associatedWith Bankhead, William Brockman, 1874-1940. person
associatedWith Barnouw, Erik, 1908-2001. person
associatedWith Benney, Robert, 1904-2001 person
associatedWith Berlin, Irving, 1888-1989 person
associatedWith Bloom, Sol, 1870-1949. person
associatedWith Bond, Horace Mann, 1904-1972 person
correspondedWith Brown, John Mason, 1900-1969 person
correspondedWith Bynner, Witter, 1881-1968 person
associatedWith Casals, Pablo, 1876-1973 person
associatedWith Charlton, Richard person
associatedWith Charlton, Richard. person
correspondedWith Chase, Mary, 1907- person
associatedWith Coward, Noel, 1899-1973. person
associatedWith Cullen, Frank, 1936- person
associatedWith Donald Cooke Theatre Collection (University of Guelph) corporateBody
associatedWith Eppes, William D. person
associatedWith Fontanne, Lynn. person
associatedWith Fraser, Elisabeth person
associatedWith Handy, W. C. (William Christopher), 1873-1958. person
associatedWith Hellman, Florence Marx. person
associatedWith Hoyningen-Huene, George, 1900-1968 person
associatedWith Jarman, Peterson Bryant, 1892-1955. person
correspondedWith Jeffry, Alix. person
associatedWith Julian, J. Knox (James Knox). person
correspondedWith Koussevitzky, Serge, 1874-1951 person
associatedWith Lane Brothers Commercial Photographers (Atlanta, Ga.) corporateBody
associatedWith Langford, William, d. 1955. person
associatedWith Lawler, Anderson, 1902-1959. person
associatedWith Lee, Gypsy Rose, 1914-1970 person
associatedWith Lortel, Lucille person
associatedWith Lothar, Minda person
associatedWith Lothar, Minda. person
associatedWith Lovett, Josephine. person
associatedWith Lund, Louise (Louise Bankhead), d.1921. person
associatedWith Maney, Richard, 1891-1968. person
associatedWith Maxwell, Gilbert, 1910- person
associatedWith McNeilly, Donald, 1945- person
associatedWith Morehouse, Ward, 1898-1966. person
associatedWith Owen, Marie Bankhead, 1869-1958. person
associatedWith Rawls, Eugenia. person
associatedWith Roberts, Edward Barry. person
associatedWith Rodzinski, Artur, 1892-1958 person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945. person
associatedWith Saddler, Donald person
associatedWith Shipman, Orline. person
associatedWith Shulman, Alan. person
associatedWith Skipper, William person
correspondedWith Skipper, William. person
associatedWith Slesin, Aviva. person
associatedWith Sparkes, Grace M., 1893-1963. person
associatedWith Stein, Joseph. person
associatedWith Swanson, Gloria. person
associatedWith Thayer, John Eldon, 1899-1980, person
associatedWith Tinder, Mary Olive. person
associatedWith Toscanini, Arturo, 1867-1957 person
associatedWith Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972. person
associatedWith Valdivia, Rafael person
associatedWith Valdivia, Rafael. person
associatedWith Van Cleve, Edith. person
associatedWith Walter, Bruno, 1876-1962 person
associatedWith Wilder, Thornton, 1897-1975 person
correspondedWith Woollcott, Alexander, 1887-1943 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
England--London
Alabama
New York (State)--New York
California
New York
Montgomery (Ala.)
London (G.B.)
New York (N.Y.)
Great Britain
Hollywood (Calif.)
Subject
Motion pictures
Acting
Motion picture actors and actresses
Women in the motion picture industry
Performing Arts
Women in the theater
Radio programs
Actresses
Theater
Occupation
Actresses
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Birth 1902-01-31

Death 1968-12-12

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