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Tallulah Bankhead
Tallulah Bankhead 1941.JPG
Bankhead in 1941
Born
Tallulah Brockman Bankhead

(1902-01-31)January 31, 1902
DiedDecember 12, 1968(1968-12-12) (aged 66)
Resting placeSaint Paul's Churchyard, Kent, Maryland
OccupationActress
Years active1918–1968
Spouse(s)
(m. 1937; div. 1941)
Parent(s)
RelativesJohn H. Bankhead
(paternal grandfather)
John Hollis Bankhead II
(paternal uncle)

Tallulah Brockman Bankhead (January 31, 1902 – December 12, 1968) was an American actress of the stage and screen.[1][2] Bankhead was a member of the Brockman Bankhead family, a prominent Alabama political family; her grandfather and uncle were U.S. Senators and her father served as an 11-term member of Congress, the final two as Speaker of the House of Representatives. Tallulah's support of liberal causes such as civil rights broke with the tendency of the Southern Democrats to support a more typically aligned agenda, and she often opposed her own family publicly.[3][4]

Primarily an actress of the stage, Bankhead did have one hit film—Alfred Hitchcock's Lifeboat (1944) [5]—as well as a brief but successful career on radio. She later made appearances on television as well.

In her personal life, Bankhead struggled with alcoholism and drug addiction, smoked around 120 cigarettes per day, and was known for her promiscuous sex life with both men and women; Bankhead also openly talked about her vices. She supported foster children and helped families escape the Spanish Civil War and World War II. She was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1972,[6] and the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame in 1981.[7] Upon her death, Bankhead had amassed nearly 300 film, stage, television, and radio roles.[8]