Having just turned the television on, to a film called “Lifeboat” , and incorrectly thinking it was Audrey Hepburn I was watching, I then remembered the leading actresses name from somewhere, Tallulah Bankhead, prompting a search for her!
Below are some of her famous quotes that I discovered on my journey into this tragic but fascinating lady’s life!
Brilliant quotes from someone who by all accounts led a colourful life!
I just had to share!
[when asked by gossip columnist Earl Wilson if she had ever been mistaken for a man on the telephone] No, have you?
I was there in the south of France when Zelda [Fitzgerald], poor darling, went off her head. She had gone into a flower shop and suddenly for her all the flowers had faces. Of course, some flowers, such as pansies, DO have faces.
[on seeing a former lover for the first time in years] I thought I told you to wait in the car.
I read Shakespeare and the Bible, and I can shoot dice. That’s what I call a liberal education.
The only man in theater who can count on steady work is the night watchman.
The only thing I regret about my past is the length of it. If I had to live my life again, I’d make the same mistakes, only sooner.
Acting is a form of confusion.
[on why she called everyone “dahling”] Because all my life I’ve been terrible at remembering people’s names. I once introduced a friend of mine as Martini. Her name was actually Olive.
If you want to help the American theater, don’t be an actress, dahling — be an audience.
It’s the good girls who keep diaries; the bad girls never have the time.
I’m as pure as the driven slush.
I have three phobias which, could I mute them, would make my life as slick as a sonnet, but as dull as ditch water – I hate to go to bed, I hate to get up, and I hate to be alone.
My father warned me about men and booze, but he never mentioned a word about women and cocaine.
Cocaine isn’t habit-forming. I should know – I’ve been using it for years.
Nobody can be exactly like me. Even I have trouble doing it.
No man worth his salt, no man of spirit and spine, no man for whom I could have any respect, could rejoice in the identification of Tallulah’s husband. It’s tough enough to be bogged down in a legend. It would be even tougher to marry one.
Don’t think I don’t know who’s been spreading gossip about me . . . After all the nice things I’ve said about that hag [Bette Davis]. When I get hold of her, I’ll tear out every hair of her mustache!
Say anything about me, dahling, as long as it isn’t boring.
I’ve tried several varieties of sex, all of which I hate. The conventional position makes me claustrophobic; the others give me a stiff neck and/or lockjaw.
On strategy: I’m the foe of moderation, the champion of excess. If I may lift a line from a die-hard whose identity is lost in the shuffle, ‘I’d rather be strongly wrong than weakly right.
[when a young actress told her that she drank cranberry juice every morning] Oh, my God, cranberry juice? When I was 16,
dahling, I had a shoebox full of cocaine.
Quotes borrowed from IMDb
Her full story can be found here