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Tallulah!: The Life and Times of a Leading…

Tallulah!: The Life and Times of a Leading Lady

by Joel Lobenthal

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Engagingly written and even-handed treatment of a scandal-ridden and misunderstood figure. If anything, a little *too* even-handed in its attempt to avoid a salacious slant... only one passing mention of Patsy Kelly? But it's a great study of the woman's demons and motivations, well-grounded in the cultural, theatrical & cinematic environments in which she rampaged, flourished, entertained and ultimately did herself in. ( )
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The opening years of the twentieth century were a time of intense reaction in the American South, the inauguration of the Jim Crow doctrine of "separate but equal."
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In the golden age of American theater, no celestial body shone more dazzlingly than Tallulah Bankhead. Outrageous, outspoken, and totally uninhibited, she was an actress known as much for her offstage vices as for her onstage roles—the cocaine and alcohol, the blistering tirades, and her scandalous affairs with both men and women.

In Tallulah!, author Joel Lobenthal has captured the private essence of this most public of Broadway stars, the irrepressible diva who enjoyed intimate relationships with the top entertainment luminaries of her day, from Tennessee Williams and Noël Coward to Marlene Dietrich and Billie Holiday. Here also are the close and personal details of her family life and doomed romances, drawn from scores of exclusive interviews, and previously untapped information from Scotland Yard and the FBI. This is the definitive biography of Tallulah Bankhead, a woman even more complex, more nuanced, and more shocking than her notorious mythology suggests.

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