By Joel Lobenthal
Within the golden age of yank theater, no celestial physique shone extra dazzlingly than Tallulah Bankhead. Outrageous, outspoken, and absolutely uninhibited, she used to be an actress referred to as a lot for her offstage vices as for her onstage roles—the cocaine and alcohol, the blistering tirades, and her scandalous affairs with either women and men. In Tallulah!, writer Joel Lobenthal has captured the non-public essence of this so much public of Broadway stars, the irrepressible diva who loved intimate relationships with the pinnacle leisure luminaries of her day, from Tennessee Williams and No?l Coward to Marlene Dietrich and Billie vacation. right here are also the shut and private information of her relations existence and doomed romances, drawn from ratings of specific interviews, and formerly untapped info from Scotland backyard and the FBI. this can be the definitive biography of Tallulah Bankhead, a lady much more advanced, extra nuanced, and extra stunning than her infamous mythology indicates.
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Scrupulous. . Insightful. . Rewarding. . Kudos to Lobenthal for giving [Bankhead’s] reputation a well-deserved makeover. . ” — Publishers Weekly “Joel Lobenthal’s big new book . . offers a tremendous reevaluation of Bankhead. . There is much fun and many randy anecdotes here. . ” —Liz Smith, New York Post “In this authoritative account of [her] life, Lobenthal succeeds in providing ample evidence . . ” — Los Angeles Times Book Review “Though Lobenthal doesn’t skimp on the gossip (some of the anecdotes he’s unearthed will make you reel), he also gives his subject her due as one of the preeminent stage icons of the twentieth century.
It was truly a case of love at first sight,” he confided to his diary. He began visiting her on weekends at her aunt’s house in Courtland, Alabama. She broke her engagement to the planter and married Will in Memphis. The marriage came “to the great annoyance of her family,” Tallulah writes. However, her father presented the newlyweds with a magnificent carriage drawn by two resplendent chestnut mares. Captain John and Mrs. Bankhead did not attend the wedding, but they seem to have approved of Will’s choice.
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