Bankhead, Tallulah

Bankhead, Tallulah

Bankhead, Tallulah, 1903-68, American actress, b. Huntsville, Ala.; daughter of William Brockman Bankhead. After her debut in 1918, Bankhead had great success on the London stage, where she appeared (1923-30) in 16 plays. She was particularly acclaimed for her performance on Broadway as Regina in The Little Foxes (1939) and, in film, as a shipwrecked journalist in Lifeboat (1944). In the latter, she brought to the role the wit, sophisticated aplomb, and uninhibited behavior that made her a legend.

See her autobiography (1952); memoir by E. Rawls (1979); biographies by B. Gill (1972), L. Israel (1972), K. Tunney (1973), and J. Lobenthal (2004).

(born Jan. 31, 1902, Huntsville, Ala., U.S.—died Dec. 12, 1968, New York, N.Y.) U.S. film and stage actress. Born to a prestigious family (her father became a prominent congressman), she made her Broadway debut in 1918 and achieved fame on the London stage in The Dancer (1923). Her vivid presence and throaty voice contributed to her singular performances in the hit plays The Little Foxes (1939), The Skin of Our Teeth (1942), and Private Lives (1946). She made films such as A Woman's Law (1928) and Alfred Hitchcock's Lifeboat (1944) but remained primarily a stage performer. Her final stage appearance was in The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore (1964).

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Tallulah is the name given to the bobsled in the 1993 comedy film Cool Runnings.

Tallulah is also the name of a princess in Cherokee legend. According to the legend, a white man became lost on the Cherokee trail near what is now Tallulah Falls. Tallulah found him, befriended him, and fell in love with him. She took him back to her camp, where her people, hostile to the presence of a white stranger, demanded his immediate execution. Tallulah's father, Chief Grey Eagle, had no choice but to agree, although he was reluctant to do so. The young man was then bound and thrown into the gorge, and the grief-stricken Tallulah leaped after him to her own death.

A similar legend exists about a Native American maiden named White Cloud, but in that version of the legend, the young man does not die, but tries to subdue his captors. He is then knocked unconscious, and in a plot twist similar to Romeo and Juliet, White Cloud, believing him dead, jumps off the cliff. When the young man revives, he recovers her body and buries her on the cliff.

Tallulah also means "Laughing water"

Tallulah is a character name in the BBC science-fiction Doctor Who.

Princess Märtha Louise of Norway and Ari Behn's youngest daughter is named Emma Tallulah Behn.

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