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Tallulah Bankhead Height, Weight, Age, Facts, Biography

Tallulah Bankhead Quick Info
Height 5 ft 2½ in
Weight 50 kg
Date of Birth January 31, 1902
Zodiac Sign Aquarius
Date of Death December 12, 1968

Tallulah Bankhead was an American stage artist, actor, and voice actor who is regarded as one of the great stage actors of the 20th century. She was a member of the prominent Alabama political family named the Bankhead and Brockman family. Her filmography includes When Men Betray, Who Loved Him Best?The TrapThirty a WeekMy SinHis House in OrderA Royal Scandal, FaithlessThe CheatTarnished LadyThunder BelowDevil and the DeepThe Daydreamer, Stage Door CanteenLifeboatThe Boy Who Owned a MelephantMain Street to Broadway, and Fanatic.

Born Name

Tallulah Brockman Bankhead

Nick Names

Tallu, Talloo

Tallulah Bankhead as seen in the play 'The Little Foxes' in 1940
Tallulah Bankhead as seen in the play ‘The Little Foxes’ in 1940 (Vandamm, New York / eBay / Public Domain)


She was born on January 31, 1902.


On December 12, 1968, Tallulah Bankhead died of pleural double pneumonia at the age of 66 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States.

Resting Place

Saint Paul’s Churchyard, Kent County, Maryland, United States

Sun Sign


Born Place

Huntsville, Alabama, United States





Stage Artist, Actor, Voice Actor


  • Father – William B. Bankhead (Politician, Served as the 42nd speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1936 to 1940)
  • Mother – Adelaide Eugenia “Ada” Bankhead (née Sledge)
  • Siblings – Evelyn Eugenia (January 24, 1901 – May 11, 1979) (Older Sister)
  • Others – John H. Bankhead (Paternal Grandfather) (Politician, Democratic U.S. Senator from the State of Alabama between 1907 and 1920), Tallulah James Brockman (Paternal Grandmother), James Bankhead (Great-Great-Grandfather), John H. Bankhead II (Paternal Uncle) (Politician, U.S. Senator from the State of Alabama), Walter W. Bankhead (Cousin) (Politician, U.S. Representative from Alabama), Blossom (Niece), Barbara (Niece), John Hollis Bankhead III (Nephew)



Tallulah Bankhead and Welsh artist Augustus John with Bankhead's portrait (1929)
Tallulah Bankhead and Welsh artist Augustus John with Bankhead’s portrait (1929) (Unknown Author / / Public Domain)


5 ft 2½ in or 158.5 cm


50 kg or 110 lbs

Girlfriend / Boyfriend / Spouse

Tallulah Bankhead had dated –

  1. Jimmy Durante
  2. John Barrymore
  3. Frances Day
  4. Chico Marx
  5. Laurette Taylor
  6. Alla Nazimova
  7. Hugh Williams
  8. Humphrey Bogart
  9. Charles Boyer
  10. Henry Fonda
  11. Blyth Daly
  12. Burgess Meredith
  13. Katharine Cornell
  14. Charlie Chaplin
  15. Helen Menken
  16. Ella Logan
  17. Patsy Kelly
  18. Mercedes de Acosta
  19. Greta Garbo
  20. Yul Brynner
  21. Groucho Marx
  22. Sonya Levien
  23. Ona Munson
  24. Barbara Stanwyck
  25. Eva Le Gallienne
  26. Winston Churchill – RUMOR
  27. Lillian Hellman
  28. Leslie ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson
  29. Martita Hunt
  30. George Raft
  31. Francis X. Bushman
  32. Kay Johnson
  33. George Sanders
  34. Ethel Barrymore
  35. Hattie McDaniel
  36. Leonard Bernstein
  37. Louis Armstrong
  38. Billie Holiday – RUMOR
  39. Errol Flynn
  40. Estelle Winwood
  41. Lilyan Tashman
  42. Louisa d’Andelot Carpenter
  43. Edward R. Murrow
  44. Blanche Yurka
  45. John Hodiak
  46. Libby Holman
  47. Toto Koopman
  48. Douglas Fairbanks Sr.
  49. Sarah Vaughan
  50. Cary Grant (1918)
  51. Napier Strut (1921)
  52. Kerry Johnson (1924)
  53. Glenn Anders (1926)
  54. Leslie Howard (1927) – RUMOR
  55. Anthony De Bosdari (1929-1930)
  56. Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (1930)
  57. Gary Cooper (1931-1932)
  58. Marlene Dietrich (1932)
  59. Johnny Weissmuller (1933)
  60. John Emery (1937-1941) – On August 31, 1937, she got married to actor and stage artist John Emery at her father’s home in Jasper, Alabama. In May 1941, she filed for divorce in Reno, Nevada and it was finalized on June 13, 1941. The day her divorce was finalized, Bankhead told a reporter, “You can definitely quote me as saying there will be no plans for a remarriage.”
  61. Tommy Dorsey (1940-1941)
  62. Donald Cook (1948)
  63. William Langford (1948)
  64. Beatrice Lillie (1951)
  65. Marlon Brando (1956)

Note – She had no children.

Race / Ethnicity


Sexual Orientation


However, she never publicly used the term “bisexual” to describe herself and preferred to use the term “ambisextrous”.

Distinctive Features

  • Husky voice
  • Flamboyant personality


She was raised a Christian.

Tallulah Bankhead pictured as a teenager c. 1917
Tallulah Bankhead pictured as a teenager c. 1917 (Harris & Ewing / United States Library of Congress / Public Domain)

Tallulah Bankhead Favorite Things

  • Baseball TeamNew York Giants


Tallulah Bankhead Facts

  1. She was named after her paternal grandmother, who in turn was named after Tallulah Falls, Georgia.
  2. In 1944, Tallulah Bankhead co-starred as Constance “Connie” Porter in the survival film Lifeboat and this role won her the New York Film Critics Circle Award in the “Best Actress” category.
  3. She struggled with alcoholism and drug addiction and reportedly smoked 120 cigarettes a day.
  4. Some of her friends were Zelda Fitzgerald and Estelle Winwood.
  5. Tallulah Bankhead has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6141 Hollywood Blvd.
  6. She had 4 abortions and had a hysterectomy in 1933, at the age of 31.

Featured Image by Vandamm, New York / eBay / Public Domain

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