(On seeing a former lover for the first time in years) "I thought I told you to wait in the car."
Tallulah Bankhead was born in 1902 in Huntsville, Alabama to a renowned political family. Her father, William Brockman Bankhead, was a Southern Democrat, and Speaker of the House in Congress from 1936-1940.
After her New York stage debut in 1918, Bankhead traveled to London where she became notorious for her fleeting affairs with anyone she happened to find attractive (her longest one lasted a year).
In 1932, she came to Hollywood, but was not immediately successful.
In 1944, Alfred Hitchcock cast her in what would be her most famous film, Lifeboat.
Though her career slowed in the 1950s, she was never far from the public eye, regularly appearing on TV shows.
Bankhead was married only once, to actor John Emery from 1937 to 1941, but her sexual exploits were legendary. In one of her most famous interviews given to Motion Picture magazine in 1932, Bankhead declared: "The matter with me is - I WANT A MAN! I told you I haven't had an affair for six months."
We like a lady who knows what she wants.
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See Tallulah explain to Edward R. Murrow why she calls everybody "darling."