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Tallulah: My Autobiography

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Her father and her uncle were U.S. congressmen. Her grandfather was a U.S. senator. Although born to privilege in Alabama and groomed in a convent school, Tallulah Bankhead resolved not to be just another southern belle.

Quickly she rose to the top and became an acclaimed actress of London's West End and on the Broadway stage. Her performances in many plays of the 1920s bro
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Paperback, 341 pages
Published July 7th 2004 by University Press of Mississippi (first published 1951)
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Jennifer  Sciolino-Moore
An autobiography. Not the best, not the worst. I was bored at times. It was a bit like a listing of events.

Tallulah was bawdy and capricious and brash. She seemed to downplay each of the major events in her life, almost as if to apologize for them. Maybe the tamer version is the true version. Who knows. I'm not above admitting that I prefer the picture in my mind to the watered down version she purported to be. Isn't fantasy usually preferable to reality?
B.D. Roca
I bought this bio in an op shop, and loved it. It was published in 1951 (just checked) which accounts for what I didn't love about it — all of the incredible stories and self-truths I am pretty sure this amazing woman have thrown in there but which were left out. I think Bankhead was born around 1900, and by this point had become something of a sacred monster, known not only as a leading stage and occasional screen actress, but was also infamous for sex, drugs and outrageous behavior. It's a 195 ...more
Drew
Aug 24, 2015 rated it liked it
As you might expect from an actress for such a panache for extravagance, Ms. Bankhead can be a bit long-winded in her autobiography. There were some very interesting stories, and more than a handful of moments that made me laugh out loud (literally)...but there were just as many passages that bored me to tears. Someone else made the comment that the book is written as if she's telling stories at a party, and that is spot on. There are many parts where she goes off on tangents for pages, before r ...more
Melinda
Apr 19, 2014 rated it did not like it
Hamstrung by homespun digressions about long-lost relatives and riddled with off-putting inside jokes, this autobiography is a testament to the immensity of Tallulah's ego. This is fine; she was famous for it. But it's a little much. I feel like if her authorial intent was to cement her immortality, she succeeded: the book of her life never ended because I never finished it. Bravo, Tallulah!
Bryant Whelan
Jul 14, 2010 rated it liked it
This was a fascinating read, not a scholarly bio but interesting to read about a gal who hails from the south and becomes a name on the entertainment and social set in NYC. Who could not be fascinated by a woman named Tallulah Bankhead?
Boris Cesnik
Oct 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Divine, witty, magnificent, funny, amusing, unputdownable, clever, contradictory, honest, straight, candid, dahling, raw, exposed, fabulous, entertaining, rich, brainy - all at once and more...a book a simple name: Tallulah
Norman
Jan 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book is a fun read. She is a terrific wordsmith, and she had some wonderful stories.
Gaile
Sep 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
This was first published in 1952 and went into another edition in 1953 and I think 1957. I read it in 1957.
D
Jul 31, 2010 rated it liked it
Told as if she's at a cocktail party and sharing stories. Some funny stuff. She manages to be somewhat self-effacing. Tough job for an actress.
Mel
Written in the 50s she didn't admit to much! She mentioned once using cocaine and heroine, but nothing at all about her sexuality, (or Bea and not much about the plays she did with Bea). Instead she focused a lot on her early life. It was an interesting read, but not as amusing or as interesting as her reputation would lead me to expect. There seemed to be too much focus on putting the record straight and counteracting the legend around her, without much about what she was doing. But still usefu ...more
Subi
Jun 09, 2014 rated it liked it
This was originally at 35 cent paperback, 1959. She was quite a character!
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