Talk:Tallulah Bankhead

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This is the talk page for discussing improvements to the Tallulah Bankhead page.

previous problem[edit]

No introduction, no separation between sourced/attributed, no external links section for wp box ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 19:21, 4 December 2005 (UTC)

This was mostly taken care of, long ago. Further cleanup is now being done. ~ Kalki·· 17:53, 10 October 2015 (UTC)


These require citations to adequate sources before being placed into the main article.
  • I've been called many things, but never an intellectual.
  • If I were well behaved, I'd die of boredom.
  • (On seeing a former lover for the first time in years) I thought I told you to wait in the car.
  • I Was there in the South of France When Zelda Fitzgerald, poor darling, went off her head. She had gone into a flower shop and suddenly for her all the flowers had faces. Of course, some flowers, such as pansies, do have faces.
  • All my life I've been terrible at remembering people's names. I once introduced a friend of mine as Martini. Her name was actually Olive (on why she famously calls people "dahling".
  • The only reason I took [that part] was to fuck that divine Gary Cooper! (On why she left the London stage for Hollywood)
  • The less I behave like Whistler's mother the night before, the more I look like her the morning after. (In a retort to Dorothy Parker, who had quipped "Has Whistler's Mother left yet?" as a drunk Tallulah was escorted from the party the previous night)

  • It's the good girls who keep diaries; the bad girls never have the time.
  • They used to shoot her through gauze. You should shoot me through linoleum. (Referring to Shirley Temple)
  • (On why she called everyone "dahling"): Because all my life I've been terrible at remembering people's names. I once introduced a friend of mine as Martini. Her name was actually Olive.
  • Don't think I don't know who's been spreading gossip about me... After all the nice things I've said about that hag (Bette Davis). When I get hold of her, I'll tear out every hair of her mustache!
  • Well, I don't know, darling -- he's never sucked my cock. (When asked for her opinion on whether a male celebrity of the time was a homosexual.)
  • Say anything about me, dahling, as long as it isn't boring.
  • (to Joan Crawford):" Are you wearing a new perfume?"
    • (Joan Crawford replies): "It's called Come To Me."
    • (Tallulah): " Funny, it doesn't smell like cum to me!"
  • Acting is a form of confusion.

Quotes about Bankhead[edit]

  • The only other actresses whose drawing power is as equally magnetic are Helen Hayes, Katharine Cornell, Lynn Fontanne... and Gertrude Lawrence. But of them all, Tallulah is the only vivid prima dona in the gusty tradition of eccentricity and crazy temperament. Compared with sedate Helen Hayes, sober Miss Cornell, quietly sophisticated Gertrude Lawrence and safely married Ms. Lunt, Tallulah is dangerous, daring, unpredictable, dynamic, whimsical, unconventional and quite utterly mad.
    • Ted Shane
  • Tallulah is the strongest of all the hurt people I've ever known in my life
  • The whole point about Tallulah was that she had no inhibitions. Now some people can take this, others can't.
  • A day away from Tallulah is like a month in the country.