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Bankhead, Tallulah Brockman

Born: 1903 AD
Died: 1968 AD, at 65 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Actresses


1902 - Born on the 31st of January in Huntsville, Alabama.


1917 - Bankhead won a movie-magazine beauty contest.


1931 - Returned to the US to be Paramount Pictures' "next Marlene Dietrich".


1932 - Bankhead made her debut on the London stage, where she was to appear in over a dozen plays.


         - On 9th of September she was featured on the cover of Film Weekly.


1933 - Bankhead nearly died following a 5-hour emergency hysterectomy for an advanced case of gonorrhea.


1934 - She returned to England.


1939 - Bankhead played the cold and ruthless Regina Giddens in Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes.


1942 - Starred in Thornton Wilder's The Skin of Our Teeth, in which Bankhead played Sabina, the housekeeper and temptress.


1944 - Alfred Hitchcock cast her as the cynical journalist, Constance Porter, in Lifeboat.


         - The performance is widely acknowledged as her best on film, and won her the New York Screen Critics Award.


1956 - Appeared as a strong Blanche DuBois in Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire.


1957 - Her appearance as herself on The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Comedy Hour as The Celebrity Next Door is a cult favorite.


1961 - Received a Tony Award nomination for her performance of a bizarre 50-year-old mother in Mary Chase's Midgie Purvis.


1963 - Her last theatrical appearance was in another Williams play, The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Any More.


1965 - Last motion picture was a British horror film, co-starring Stefanie Powers titled Die! Die! My Darling! In the U.S.


1967 - Her last appearance on screen is in the villainess Black Widow in the Batman TV series.


1968 - She died on 12th of December in New York City because of double pneumonia arising from influenza.





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