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.

Tallulah Bankhead was born to play Margo–but that’s the case with a lot of parts Bette ended up getting (and Davis was brilliant, mind you). But in 1952, Tallu DID get to play the role–in a live radio version, complete with a studio audience screaming with laughter. Check out this section of the broadcast and see if you don’t agree that she was worth fastening your seatbelts for.