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Tallulah Bankhead

Bankhead in [[Lifeboat]] (1944)


Tallulah Brockman Bankhead (1902–1968) was an American actress, talk-show host and bon vivant.

Following early successes in New York, she moved to London in the early 1920s where she became a popular stage actress. In 1928, she took the lead in Charles Bennett's play Blackmail at the Globe Theatre, which was adapted by Alfred Hitchcock the following year.

Shortly before her return to Hollywood in 1931, Bankhead was suggested to Hitchcock by journalist Peter Burnup as a suitable actress for the role of Chloe in his planned adaptation of The Skin Game (1931).[1]

Her most successful film role was as Constance Porter in Hitchcock's Lifeboat (1944) for which she won the New York Film Critics Circle Award. Accepting the award, she famously exclaimed "Dahlings, I was wonderful!". She later reprised the role for a radio broadcast in 1950.

Bankhead died in December 1968 at St. Luke's Hospital in Manhattan, New York, aged 66.


With Hitchcock...

  • Lifeboat (1944) — cast: Constance 'Connie' Porter

Radio Adapations

  • Lifeboat (Screen Directors' Playhouse, 16/Nov/1950) — cast

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  • born 31/Jan/1902 in Huntsville, Alabama
  • daughter of Adelaide Eugenia and William B. Bankhead
  • married 31/Aug/1937 to John Emery (1905–1964) — divorced June 1941
  • died 12/Dec/1968 in New York City, New York, aged 66[2]


Notes & References

  1. Daily Mail (22/Sep/1930)
  2. Cause of death was pleural pneumonia, complicated by emphysema and malnutrition.