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Tallulah Bankhead

Bankhead in 1941
Born Tallulah Brockman Bankhead
(1902-01-31)January 31, 1902
Huntsville, Alabama, U.S.
Died December 12, 1968(1968-12-12) (aged 66)
New York City, U.S.
Cause of death Pneumonia complicated by emphysema and malnutrition
Resting place Saint Paul’s Churchyard, Kent, Maryland
Nationality American
Occupation Actress
Years active 1918–1968
Spouse(s) John Emery (m. 1937–41)
Parent(s) William B. Bankhead
Adelaide Eugenia “Ada” Bankhead
Relatives John Hollis Bankhead (grandfather)
John Hollis Bankhead II (uncle)

I'll come and make love to you at five o'clock. If I'm late start without me.
Tallulah Bankhead
I read Shakespeare and the Bible, and I can shoot dice. That's what I call a liberal education.
Tallulah Bankhead
I have been absolutely hag-ridden with ambition. If I could wish to have anything in the world it would be to be free of ambition.
Tallulah Bankhead
(On seeing a former lover for the first time in years) I thought I told you to wait in the car.
Tallulah Bankhead
There is less in this than meets the eye.
It's the good girls who keep diaries; the bad girls never have the time.
Tallulah Bankhead
Nobody can be exactly me. Sometimes even I have trouble doing it.
The only thing I regret about my past is the length of it. If I had to live my life again I'd make all the same mistakes – only sooner.
Tallulah Bankhead
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
It's one of the tragic ironies of the theatre that only one man in it can count on steady work – the night watchman.
Tallulah Bankhead
Here's a rule I recommend: Never practice two vices at once.
The less I behave like Whistler's mother the night before, the more I look like her the morning after.
Tallulah Bankhead
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
Acting is a form of confusion.
I've been called many things, but never an intellectual.
Nobody can be exactly like me. Even I have trouble doing it.
If you really want to help the American theater, don't be an actress, dahling. Be an audience.
Tallulah Bankhead
Only good girls keep diaries. Bad girls don't have time.
My heart is as pure as the driven slush.
Acting is a form of confession.
They used to photograph Shirley Temple through gauze. They should photograph me through linoleum.
Tallulah Bankhead
I did what I could to inflate the rumor I was on my way to stardom. What I was on my way to, by any mathematical standards known to man, was oblivion, by way of obscurity.
Tallulah Bankhead
I'd rather be strongly wrong than weakly right.
If I had to live my life again, I'd make the same mistakes, only sooner.
Tallulah Bankhead
I'm as pure as the driven slush.