Tallulah Brockman Bankhead (January 31, 1902 — December 12, 1968) was an American actress who made many film and television appearances, although she is mostly credited as being a stage actress, often as one of the greatest of the 20th century. Many of her characters were Ms. Fanservice deadpan snarkers and is often parodied and imitated as much as Mae West's. Most notably, Bankhead's family were prominent in American politics and Tallulah herself was often vocal about politics as wellnote , being supportive of the Civil Rights Movement. Although she acted a lot during The Pre-Code Era and The Golden Age of Hollywood, what's said to be Bankhead's most successful role was in Lifeboat.
Bankhead married once and had no children but debates on her sexuality have existed from since her death. She was said to have had a reputation of The Casanova, but there have been many arguments that she also went with women as well. They didn't stop rumours when Bankhead reportedly said that she was "ambi-sextrous". Much of her maneating reputation made her a public enemy with The Hays Code, which apparently had a list of actors that needed to either be censored or banned from acting, and Bankhead was at the top of it.
Known for her smoking, Bankhead died in hospital from respiratory issues, as well as malnutrition, the flu, and "double pneumonia". Her final words (from what could be made out by staff) was said to be a request for codeine, followed by a bourbon whiskey.
Blanche DuBois was said to have been inspired by her.