scholarship: tallulah bankhead (1902-1968)


via The Biscuit:

Tallulah Bankhead’s sultry, androgynous voice and catchphrase “Hello, dahling” were a mainstay of 1950s radio programme The Big Show.She is legendary in gay mythology for her larger-than-life diva attitude, her decadent lifestyle, and multitudinous affairs. An extravagant woman, who called everyone “darling” because she couldn’t remember names, she was glamorous, unpredictable, and highly sexed. She was bisexual but never used that word, instead defining herself as “ambisextrous”.

Tallulah Brockman Bankhead was born on January 31st , 1902 in Huntsville, Alabama, the daughter of a distinguished Democratic politician father. A wild child even then, he sent her to Catholic convent schools in an effort to tame her and keep her out of trouble. His hopes went unrealised.

“My father warned me about men and booze, but he never mentioned a word about women and cocaine.”

Read the rest of Tallulah’s story at The Biscuit.


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