Last night, the author, Joel Lobenthal, presented me with an inscribed copy of his opus, the definitive biography of Tallulah Bankhead, 600 pages, which I have not been able to put down (since set in my greedy hands), a sensitive and brilliantly compiled work that took him the better part of 25 years to compile.

Review of Tallulah: the life and times of a leading lady
(from Regan Books,a division of Harper Collins)
Much in-depth research and rare interviews obtained from now deceased persons that knew her intimately and worked with her in England and here in the States have yielded a truly wonderful and remarkable portrait of an extraordinary artist and unique personality, whom Mr. Lobenthal (as I, am sure) regrets never to have met in person. And yet, through his sensible, non-exploitative and incisive scholarly reportage, he has captured the essence of this thoroughly modern icon. I highly commend the author on his work and recommend it to the general readership, where I am certain that it will attain the many accolades it richly deserves. Thank you, Mr. Lobenthal, for breathing life again into this truly legendary American idol.