BANKHEAD, TALLULAH BROCKMAN, 1903-1968

Biography:

Actress. Born– January 31, 1902, Huntsville. Parents– William Brockman and Adelaide Eugenia (Sledge) Bankhead. Married– John Emery, August 31, 1937, divorced June 13, 1941. Education– Convent of the Sacred Heart in Manhattanville, NY. Abandoned school to attempt an acting career. Had a few minor roles in New York, then was invited to appear on the London stage. Went to London in 1923 and became a sensation as an actress with an enormous following; became a role model for the rebellious young generation. Appeared onstage¬†in “Reflected Glory,” “Dark Victory,” “Forsaking All Others,” “The Little Foxes,” and “Skin of Our Teeth.”¬† Acted in some 300 stage, film, television, and radio roles. Honors; New York Film Critics Award for her appearance in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Lifeboat,” 1944; American Theater Hall of Fame, 1972; Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame, 1981. Died December 12, 1968.

Source:

Notable American Women, the Modern Period.

Publication(s):

Tallulah; My Autobiography. New York; Harper, 1952.