Tallulah!: The Life and Times of a Leading Lady
Outrageous, outspoken, and uninhibited, Tallulah Bankhead was an actress known as much for her vices -- cocaine, alcohol, hysterical tirades, and scandalous affairs with both men and women -- as she was for her winning performances on stage. In 1917, a fifteen-year-old Bankhead boldly left her established Alabama political family and fled to New York City to sate her relen...more
Hardcover, 592 pages
Published October 26th 2004 by It Books
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After seeing a play called "Looped" in NYC which is about Tallulah Bankhead, I became interested in this book. It is heavy and goes into detail about every play she was in, but Tallulah was a fascinating character and I found her life sad and interesting. This book shows tat appearances can be different from the real person. Tallulah & her sister were very sad people, yet under the surface Tallulah was kind to people and a good friend to everyone but to herself.
Engagingly written and even-handed treatment of a scandal-ridden and misunderstood figure. If anything, a little *too* even-handed in its attempt to avoid a salacious slant... only one passing mention of Patsy Kelly? But it's a great study of the woman's demons and motivations, well-grounded in the cultural, theatrical & cinematic environments in which she rampaged, flourished, entertained and ultimately did herself in.
This was an interesting book about a fascinating woman. However, it is almost a day by day account of Tallulah from birth to death. It was a slow read with an over-abundance of detail, and a disappointing biography for such an fabulously interesting person with a outrageous life.