On this day in Alabama history: Tallulah Bankhead was born

On this day in Alabama history: Tallulah Bankhead was born
Lobby card for the 1932 film Faithless. (MGM, Wikipedia)

January 31, 1902

Actress Tallulah Brockman Bankhead was born in Huntsville. Born into the illustrious and politically powerful Bankhead family, Bankhead became an infamous celebrity of the Jazz Age known for her beauty, flamboyant personality, wit and talented performances. She earned critical acclaim for starring roles across stage, film, television and radio, including the Broadway plays “The Little Foxes” and “The Skin of Our Teeth” and Alfred Hitchcock’s film “Lifeboat.” In 1952, Bankhead published her “New York Times” bestselling autobiography, “Tallulah: My Autobiography,” which sold 10 million copies. She was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame and the Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame.

Read more at Encyclopedia of Alabama.

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