33 Remarkable Tallulah Bankhead Quotes

33 Remarkable Tallulah Bankhead Quotes

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Talullah Bankhead was an actress and talk show host born 1902 in Alabama. She made her acting debut in 1902 at the Bijou Theatre. Shortly after her debut she performed in many big time plays. After her stage career she graced the screen and continued to make iconic movies until her death in 1968.

“A frozen daiquiri of a scorching afternoon is soothing. It makes living more tolerable.”

“Acting is a form of confusion.”

“Cocaine isn’t habit forming. I should know — I’ve been using it for years.”

“Drink reacts on its practitioners in conflicting ways. One brave can knock off a quart of Scotch and look and act as sober as Herbert Hoover. Another, after three Martinis, makes two-cushion carroms off the chaise lounge as he attempts to negotiate the bathroom.”

“Fill what is empty, empty what is full, and scratch where it itches.”

“Here’s a rule I recommend: Never practice two vices at once.”

“I did what I could to inflate the rumor I was on my way to stardom. What I was on my way to, by any mathematical standards known to man, was oblivion, by way of obscurity.”

“I have been absolutely hag-ridden with ambition. If I could wish to have anything in the world it would be to be free of ambition.”

“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.”

“I think the Republican party should be placed in drydock and have the barnacles scraped off its bottom.”

“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.”

“I’d like to kiss you, Darling, but I just washed my hair.”

“I’d rather be strongly wrong than weakly right.”

“If you know your Bible and your Shakespeare and can shoot craps, you have a liberal education.”

“If you really want to help the American theater, don’t be an actress, dahling. Be an audience.”

“I’ll come and make love to you at five o’clock. If I’m late, start without me.”

“I’m as pure as the driven slush.”

“I’m the foe of moderation, the champion of excess.”

“It’s one of the tragic ironies of the theatre that only one man in it can count on steady work — the night watchman.”

“It’s the good girls who keep diaries; the bad girls never have the time.”

“I’ve had a man and I’ve had a woman, and there’s got to be something better.”

“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.”

“Let’s not quibble! 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.”

“My father warned me about men and booze, but he never mentioned a word about women and cocaine.”

“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.”

“Nobody can be exactly like me. Sometimes even I have trouble doing it.”

“Say anything about me, darling, as long as it isn’t boring.”

“Television could perform a great service in mass education, but there’s no indication its sponsors have anything like this on their minds.”

“The less I behave like Whistler’s mother the night before, the more I look like her the morning after.”

“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.”

“There have been only two geniuses in the world. Willie Mays and Willie Shakespeare.”

“There’s less here than meets the eye.”

“They used to photograph Shirley Temple through gauze. They should photograph me through linoleum.”