Tallulah Bankhead was an actress whose talents were greatly overshadowed by her antics. Indeed, the Bankhead personality was much better known than her acting roles. While it is impossible to study her career without exploring her highly charged personality, this bio-bibliography honors Tallulah Bankhead, the actress. In a career that spanned five decades, she conquered practically every medium of entertainmenttheater, film, radio, and televisionleaving her mark in each one. Biographers have several times attempted to chronicle her life, but Bankhead remains too original, too unconventional, too colorful to be captured fully on paper. What can be noted are her many accomplishmentswhich have previously been ignored.
This book corrects that oversight by documenting her 19 motion pictures, 56 stage plays, 167 radio appearances, and 56 television appearances, and also listing other professional appearances, recordings, awards and tributes. Additional features include a biographical sketch based on research and interviews with associates, a chronology of highlights in her life, an annotated bibliography of books and magazine articles about her or referring to her, and interesting photographs illustrating her career. Fully cross-referenced and indexed, this is a complete source for any research about Bankhead and will also provide helpful data and insights into the theater, films, persons, and events of her world.
About the Author
JEFFREY L. CARRIER is a creative assistant at Ogilvy & Mather Advertising, New York, and a freelance film historian. His previous book in Greenwood's series on the performing arts, Jennifer Jones: A Bio-Bibliography (1990), was called a superior reference book by Anthony Slide in Classic Images and one of the best in the series by John Nangle in Films in Review.
Table of Contents
Alphabetical Listing of Films and Plays
Biography: Looking at Tallulah
Awards, Honors, Tributes
Appendix A: Film Roles Considered and Film Tests
Appendix B: The Use of Her Name in Books and Films