Subject:

Tallulah Bankhead

  • Columns

    April 24, 2013
  • Blogs

    April 5, 2013

    Patricia Clarkson As Two Great Actresses?

    That would add up to three great actresses, counting Clarkson herself. But let me explain. At the opening night party for Kinky Boots last night, I told the multi-award-nominated Clarkson that L.A. Times critic Charlie McNulty is writing a play about the late, great method mama Kim Stanley, and he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2013

    Pia Zadora Is Coming To Our City!

    She was the child star of Midgie Purvis, a 1961 Broadway comedy starring Tallulah Bankhead, and also appeared in 1964's immortal work of cinema Santa Claus Conquers The Martians. Later, she became the grownup vamp, married to the rich guy who freely bought gifts for press people. (I was sent a 10-sp ... More >>

  • Columns

    January 23, 2013
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    August 13, 2012

    Misty Memories Part 500: The Time I Met Christine Jorgensen

    "A lot of people who sing can't sing," Christine Jorgensen told me in 1981, "but at least I admit it!" The groundbreaking transsexual had come in from her home in Laguna Beach, California to make her New York cabaret debut. Her act consisted of saucy impersonations of Marlene Dietrich and Tallulah ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2012

    Am I An "Infantile" Or "Hysterical" Personality?

    Probably both. I just read this analytical description in a book and it hit home a bit: "The infantile or hysterical personalities thrive on attention and unconditional approval and are hypersensitive to rejection.

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2012

    Movie Stars Who Turned Down Legendary Roles

    We all know about classic stuff like Cary Grant making sure they cast Rex Harrison in My Fair Lady instead of him, and Doris Day not tarnishing her image by doing The Graduate--a part that would have resulted in her still working today. But here are some other weird cinematic decisions, courtesy of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    Kathleen Turner Back On Broadway: My Review

    ​A feisty nun and a fidgety priest battle it out over a teen with sexual problems. Sound like the Pulitzer wining Doubt? You wish. High is more like a standard-issue play, with TV-style melodramatics cozying up to one-liners and some pretty banal religiosity. ("You've got to meet me halfw ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    September 8, 2010

    FOXY LADY

    Elizabeth Marvel joins the greats

  • Theater

    June 8, 2010

    Another Part of the Forest and Can You Hear Their Voices? Receive Rare Revivals

    Lillian Hellman looks back at the Gilded Age; Hallie Flanagan and Margaret Ellen Cliffort chart drought and the Depression

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2010

    The Best Tallulah Bankhead Stories Ever!

    ​In honor of Valerie Harper's Tony nomination for Looped, in which she played the tanked diva of stage and life named Tallulah Bankhead, let's unearth as many outrageous stories as we can think of about the constantly ringing Southern belle's wildly riveting behavior. I'll start: *Tallulah w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2010

    Mario Batali Accused of Labor Violations; The City's Best Restaurant Breads

    ​The final episode of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution on ABC had mediocre ratings, earning less less than 4 million viewers and losing to Dateline and a repeat of Medium. [NY Post] Asian carp are reviled by fishermen in the North, but in the South, they're being rebranded as Kentucky tune: "a ... More >>

  • Columns

    April 6, 2010

    Will & Grace Star's Affair With George Clooney

    Chattering with Emmy winner Leslie Jordan, plus sounding off on Broadway.

  • Theater

    March 24, 2010
  • Columns

    March 16, 2010

    What's Up With Jeremy Renner's Sexuality?

    You'll never guess who I saw on my latest outing.

  • Voice Choices

    March 9, 2010

    GETTIN' LOOPY

    Valerie Harper stars in Looped

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2010

    Rhoda as Tallulah?

    ​What next--Georgette as Hepburn? But let's get real, dahlings. Valerie Harper is a likable lady who I always felt has a range she hasn't fully been allowed to explore. And now, the thought of her as divoon thesping diva Tallulah Bankhead is rather intriguing to me. Val is starring as Tallu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2010

    Gwyneth Paltrow as Dietrich?

    ​What next--Valerie Harper as Tallulah Bankhead? I am so kidding. I just wrote about Harper's appeal, which some queens who've seen her as Tallu are kvelling about. And I do think Gwynnie Paltrow was astonishing in Shakespeare in Love and deserves a shot at a juicy role like pants-wearing, N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2009

    YouTube Treasure: Tallulah in All About Eve

    No, not All About Steve, the new Sandra Bullock vehicle that's not going to nab that many Oscars. I mean All About Eve, the classic 1950 movie starring Bette Davis as a brittle, aging diva whose entire life is supplanted by a young con artist with a smile and a psychological hatchet in her purse.

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2009

    Celebrity Bathroom Stories

    ​Yes, even celebrities have to go to the toilet now and then, and proof of that is the fact that there are tons of famous stories about their wacky antics when they're in there. Well, two famous stories. And they're totally apocryphal.

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2009

    The Best Lines Ever Spoken!

    What are the wittiest remarks ever uttered--not on screen where they've been scripted and rehearsed, but in actual life? Among my personal faves are:

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2008

    Let's Play 'Make The Sitcom Dirty'!

    I recently did a post about an actual porn version of The Facts of Life and regular commenter The Late Tallulah Bankhead chimed in that Pornanza would be a healthy idea too. I agree--Hoss could probably turn that ranch into a rollicking bearapoloza (and we'd finally get to see just how little Little ... More >>

  • News

    February 13, 2007

    Li'l Dickens

    Or: How I learned to stop worrying and make love to the vice president

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    June 6, 2006
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    March 28, 2006
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    December 20, 2005
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    November 15, 2005
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    September 14, 2004
  • Theater

    August 10, 2004

    Unwarranted Intrusion

    A celebrity drops in on a budding playwright, but is that something to write plays about?

  • Columns

    May 1, 2001
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    November 7, 2000
  • Theater

    November 7, 2000
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    July 14, 1998
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