Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #000430: TALLULAH BANKHEAD

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Vintage 5x7-inch matte-finish silver-tone portrait, signed and inscribed in blue ballpoint pen in the early 1950s. In good condition.  Seductive, whiskey-voiced stage and screen star Tallulah Bankhead was equally well-known for her uninhibited behavior, including copious use of drugs and alcohol, endless sexual encounters and occasional disrobing in public.  After a handful of appearances in British silent films, she was signed to a talkie film contract with Paramount, but proved more of a Broadway fixture, at her dazzling and fiery best in “The Little Foxes” (1939) and “The Skin of Our Teeth (1942).  Her movie career was spotty and included several box office disasters, perhaps because her extravagant, larger-than-life personality was not done justice on the screen.  Her more memorable appearances include Alfred Hitchcock’s Lifeboat (1944), Otto Preminger's A Royal Scandal (1945) and the horror flick Die! Die! My Darling! (1965).