Tallulah Bankhead, Scandalous Life

Tallulah Bankhead, Scandalous Life

David Bret / Feb 28, 2020
Tallulah Bankhead Scandalous Life Marlene Dietrich called her The most immoral woman who ever lived Cecil Beaton described her as a wicked archangel but no one better summed up this fascinating woman than Tallulah herself in an unendi
  • Title: Tallulah Bankhead, Scandalous Life
  • Author: David Bret
  • ISBN: 9781861051905
  • Page: 150
  • Format: Paperback
  • Marlene Dietrich called her The most immoral woman who ever lived Cecil Beaton described her as a wicked archangel but no one better summed up this fascinating woman than Tallulah herself in an unending succession of anecdotes and one liners, peppered with expletives that became her trademark.Born in Alabama in 1903, she became a big star in London, England in the eaMarlene Dietrich called her The most immoral woman who ever lived Cecil Beaton described her as a wicked archangel but no one better summed up this fascinating woman than Tallulah herself in an unending succession of anecdotes and one liners, peppered with expletives that became her trademark.Born in Alabama in 1903, she became a big star in London, England in the early 1920 s Branded an unsafe and unsavory person by the Hays commission in the 1930 s her career went from tremendous stage success in such hits as The Little Foxes and Fallen Angels, to appearances in some of the worst plays ever written, which she turned into triumphs by improvising lewd and outrageous asides to satisfy the cravings of her largely gay audiences.Confessing to over 500 love affairs with both men and women, Tallulah married just once a man who divorced her citing mental cruelty A headline writer s dream throughout her life, at the height of her fame she was said to drink two bottles of bourbon a day, smoke 100 cigarettes and take pills to help her sleep, pills to keep her awake, and pills to help her cope with the pills.But while there always seemed to be someone on hand to record Tallulah s indiscretions, the other side of her personality went largely unrecorded She raised vast amounts of money for children s charities, delivered stringent speeches against communism and racial and sexual prejudice, and actively supported the presidential campaigns of two friends Truman and Kennedy.In this highly entertaining book David Bret tells Tallulah s story in the only way it could be told with shocking honesty and wit What emerges is a vivid portrait of an immoral and wicked woman whowas every inch a star and remains one of the greatest legends this century has seen.
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      • David Bret

        David Bret is a French born British author of showbiz biographies He chiefly writes on the private life of film stars and singers.


    685 Comments

    1. well i ve been given so many books on this topic i had to go ahead and read one of them and she is a fascinating woman if you forget that there was just as much booze, drugs and sex in years past as nowadays this book is a good reminder.


    2. I first became interested in Tallulah Bankhead when some friends of mine told me I sounded like her Still not too sure if that was a compliment After reading about her I became fascinated by this great actress and her incredible life.



    3. It starts as another gossipy and trashy biog but half way its tone and topic shifts dramatically to a much appealing and interersting reading Not just scandals and other un true factoids, rumours which you feel are overconstrued sometimes, the second half utilizes diverse narratives to paint the character as a personality acress than a junkie drunk star.Her wit, humour and excitement for life do transpire towards the mid section of the book.Some episodes are so intimate and reported word by w [...]


    4. I knew Tallulah solely from her scadalous quotes and a few hostile reviews, so I assumed she was a mediocre actress who survived on notoriety alone It turns that this is not true Some of her performances were positive triumphs I also assumed she was completely selfish This is not true either she was a loyal friend and stood up for blacks, servants, refugees and other unfortunates She had her share of hates, but no prejudices She did indeed love to shock people and seldom wore panties Her special [...]


    5. The only complaint I have about David Bret s biography is a dearth of photographs Tallulah Bankhead was so photogenic, iconic, and outrageous, it would have been nice to compliment this chatty chronicle with visual bling Sort of definitive account of TB s many mind blowing exploits here and abroad.


    6. A dreadful plodding prose style managed to diminish my glee in reading about the scandalous life of Tallulah Bankhead It s exhaustive how many anecdotes were crammed into one biography to poor effect Other readers have questioned the author s fact checking.



    7. What a character, would have been a gift to reality to So bearing that in mind I found this rather a pedestrian read.


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