When asked: Are you really the famous Tallulah?
"What's left of her," she'd offer.
"They used to photograph Shirley Temple through gauze. They should photograph me through linoleum."
[Note: Travolta and Bankhead never met in person.]
A period cartoon's punchline read: "You get about as much chance to talk in this house
as a parrot living with Tallulah Bankhead."
Sooner or later Ms. B alienated most of her friends.
Howard Dietz said: "A day away from Tallulah is like a month in the country."
"I've just spent a couple of hours talking to Tallulah for a couple of minutes,"
quipped her friend Fred Keating.
She devotedly watched her soaps every afternoon on tv and
even the President (of the USA, of course) had to call back while "The Edge of Night" was on.
She turned up from time to time on her old buddies Jack Paar and Merv Griffin's tv talk shows
(as well as Steve Allen, Mike Douglas, The Smothers Brothers and Johnny Carson)
and turned down the main role in "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?"
to star in the disastrous "Die! Die!, my Darling."
Tallulah by Hirschfeld
in Main Street to Broadway
Estelle Winwood (during a cameo scene in the film),
"Tallulah has a WONDERFUL part...
only (from time to time) it parts the wrong way."
The comic "Madame" (Waylon Flowers' puppet side-kick) owed much in the way of
characterization to the Tallulah of this late period. So, too, the character of "Auntie Mame,"
which resurrected the flagging career of the late Rosalind Russell, almost ruined the career
of the late Lucille Ball, and launched Angela Lansbury into mega-Stardom!
Tallulah hosted NBC Radio Big Show starting Nov 5 1950 for 3 years.