Rep(s). By Representative Sanderford



WHEREAS, Tallulah Bankhead, a true child of Alabama, was born in Huntsville, Alabama, in 1902, and raised in both Jasper and Montgomery, Alabama; and

WHEREAS, Ms. Bankhead was a worthy descendant of a proud family of statesmen, including her grandfather, John Hollis Bankhead, who served in the Alabama House of Representatives, Alabama Senate, United States House of Representatives, and the United States Senate; her father, William Bankhead, who served in the United States House of Representatives and as Speaker of the House; and her uncle, John Hollis Bankhead, II, who served as a United States Senator; and

WHEREAS, Alabama's most distinguished actress of stage and screen, Ms. Bankhead from her first appearances in silent films and on Broadway in 1918, at the age of 16, until her death in 1968, attained popular and critical success in theater, film, radio, and television; and

WHEREAS, first achieving stardom on the stage in London, England, during the 1920s, Ms. Bankhead was the only celebrity in England to be recognized by her distinctive first name only; and

WHEREAS, returning to her homeland in 1930, she began an impressive career in Hollywood films and the American theater, and originated major roles on Broadway in "The Little Foxes" in 1939 and "The Skin of Our Teeth" in 1942, receiving extraordinary critical praise for her performance; and

WHEREAS, Ms. Bankhead also starred in the Twentieth Century Fox movie "Lifeboat" in 1944, one of the great classic films of the World War II era, directed by Alfred Hitchcock; and

WHEREAS, over the years, she served her profession in such prominent capacities as mistress of ceremonies of radio's "The Big Show" from 1950 to 1952, and made numerous guest appearances on television during the 1950s and 1960s, such as "The Tonight Show," and performed cameo roles in the "I Love Lucy" comedy series and "Batman" adventure series; and

WHEREAS, the significance of her contributions to the American theater has received new luster in recent years through the exemplary efforts of the Tallulah Bankhead Society, which was founded in Huntsville in 1992 to seek recognition of the artistic achievements of Alabama's most distinguished actress, Tallulah Bankhead, and to celebrate her name and inspire high theatrical achievement; now therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA, BOTH HOUSES THEREOF CONCURRING, That in recognition of her distinguished achievements on stage and screen, the late Tallulah Bankhead is hereby honored for her outstanding professional achievements, and it is further directed that a copy of this resolution be presented to the Tallulah Bankhead Society for appropriate display.

Resolution, Congratulatory
Bankhead, Tallulah