Tallulah, Darling: A Biography of Tallulah Bankhead (1980)
Brian, Denis. Tallulah, Darling: A Biography of Tallulah Bankhead. New York: Macmillan Publishing (1980)
- Tallulah Bankhead's last coherent words
- My father warned me about men and booze, but he never mentioned a word about women and cocaine.
- I've tried several varieties of sex, all of which I hate. The conventional position makes me claustrophobic; the others give me a stiff neck and/or lockjaw.
- I'll come and make love to you at five o'clock. If I'm late, start without me.
Tallulah: My Autobiography (2004)
Tallulah: My Autobiography. University Press of Mississippi; illustrated edition edition (July 7, 2004)
- I have three phobias which, could I mute them, would make my life as slick as a sonnet, but as dull as ditch water - I hate to go to bed, I hate to get up, and I hate to be alone.
- No man worth his salt, no man of spirit and spine, no man for whom I could have any respect, could rejoice in the identification of Tallulah's husband. It's tough enough to be bogged down in a legend. It would be even tougher to marry one.
- I'm as pure as the driven slush.
- The only thing I regret about my past is the length of it. If I had to live my life again, I'd make the same mistakes, only sooner.
- I read Shakespeare and the Bible, and I can shoot dice. That's what I call a liberal education.
- Nobody can be exactly like me. Sometimes even I have trouble doing it.
- If you really want to help the American theater, don't be an actress, dahling. Be an audience.
- Here's a rule I recommend. Never practice two vices at once.
- Let's not quibble! I'm the foe of moderation, the champion of excess. If I may lift a line from a die-hard whose identity is lost in the shuffle, "I'd rather be strongly wrong than weakly right."
- Cocaine isn't habit forming. I should know - I've been using it for years.