Tallulah Bankhead was a vivacious, delightful, and highly quotable lady. Described as an award-winning American actress of the stage and screen, talk show host, and bon vivante, she first came to my attention for her legendary last words:
“Codeine… bourbon” – Last words of Tallulah Bankhead, December 12, 1968
Perhaps her death was partly caused by her refusal to heed her earlier advice to “never practice two vices at the same time.” However, it was this brand of defiance that was responsible for her incredible societal contributions.
She is one of the earliest-known bisexual celebrities, and also has been cited as one of the early examples of a Southern Democrat supporting more liberal social causes. No matter what your political views are today, it’s safe to say that you probably fall to the left of most southerners during the 1920’s through 50’s. So chalk one up for Tallulah.
Some more worthwhile Tallulah quotes:
- “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.”
- “If I had to live my life again, I’d make the same mistakes, only sooner.”
- “I’ll come and make love to you at five o’clock. If I’m late start without me.”