“This is a tale full of sound and fury, told with great relish…will keep you chortling.” Independent on Sunday
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Dietrich called her “The most immoral woman who ever lived.” Cecil Beaton described her as “a wicked archangel”…but no one summed up this fascinating woman more than Tallulah herself, in an endless succession of anecdotes and
one-liners, peppered with the expletives that became her trademark.
Tallulah was a tremendous stage success in such hits as The Little Foxes and Fallen Angels before appearing in some of the worst plays ever written, which she turned
into triumphs by improvising lewd and outrageous asides to satisfy the cravings of her largely gay audiences.
Confessing to over 500 love affairs with both men and women, Tallulah was to marry just once, to a man who divorced her for mental cruelty.
A headline writer’s dream, she was said to drink two bottles of bourbon a day, smoke 100 cigarettes, and take pills to help her sleep, pills to keep her awake, and pills to cope with the pills.
In this highly entertaining book, first published
as the best-selling Tallulah Bankhead, A Scandalous Life over twenty years ago, David Bret tells Tallulah’s story in the only way it can be told: with shocking honesty and wit. He creates a vivid portrait of a unique woman who was every inch
a star, and who remains, a half-century after her death, one of the greatest legends the world has seen.
Contains exhaustive details of Tallulah’s stage plays, films, television and radio appearances, and many rare
from the author’s private collection.