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  • Tallulah The Life and Times of a Leading Lady
  • Joel Lobenthal
  • English
  • 27 September 2019
  • 9780060394356
Tallulah The Life and Times of a Leading Lady

review Tallulah The Life and Times of a Leading Lady 103 Y distracted her audience from her formidable talent and achievements on stage and dampened the critical re sponse to her work As Bankhead herself put it they like me to 'Tallulah' you know dance and sing and romp and fluff my hair and play reckless parts Still her reputation as a wild witty over the top leading lady persisted until the end of her life at the age of sixty sixFrom her friendships with such entertainment luminaries as Tennessee Williams Estelle Winwood Billie Holiday Noël Coward and Marlene Dietrich to the intimate details of her family relationships and her string of doomed romances Joel Lobenthal has captured the private essence of the most public star during theater's golden age Larger than life as she was friends saw through Bankhead'. I didn t feel like it captured the person behind the actress Stories For My Mother re sponse to her work As Bankhead herself put it they like me to 'Tallulah' you know dance and sing and Kiss of Ash (The Witchblade Chronicles, #2) romp and fluff my hair and play The Routledge Handbook of Postsecularity reckless parts Still her Forbidden Hollister #2 reputation as a wild witty over the top leading lady persisted until the end of her life at the age of sixty sixFrom her friendships with such entertainment luminaries as Tennessee Williams Estelle Winwood Billie Holiday Noël Coward and Marlene Dietrich to the intimate details of her family SNAP relationships and her string of doomed Sculpting a Galaxy: Inside the Star Wars Model Shop romances Joel Lobenthal has captured the private essence of the most public star during theater's golden age Larger than life as she was friends saw through Bankhead'. I didn t feel like it captured the person behind the actress

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review Tallulah The Life and Times of a Leading Lady 103 S veneer of humor and high times to the heart of a woman who often felt second best in her father's eyes who longed for the children she was unableto bear and who forced herself into the spotlight to hide her deep seated insecuritiesDrawn from scores of exclusive interviews as well as previously untapped information from Scotland Yard and the FBI this is the essential biography of Tallulah Bankhead Having spent twenty five years researching Bankhead's life Joel Lobenthal tells her unadulterated story as told to him by her closest friends enemies lovers and employees Several have broken decadelong silences; many have given Lobenthal their final interviews The result is the story of a woman complex shocking and yet nuanced than her notorious legend suggest. Few biographies can rival the sheer comprehensiveness of Tallulah Unlike the too many celebrity tell alls that skimp on career to get to the juicy affairs and gossip Lobenthal has extensively researched and documented every production with which the giant of the stage was involved from her first obscure appearances as an ingenue to her late career camp roles There s abundant information on the rehearsal process for just about every play in which Bankhead appeared Lobenthal does a terrific job of accounting for how Bankhead s larger than life personality and the lifelong audience cult it inspired made her career in its formative years by drawing media attention to an unknown and yet ruined it later in her life when audiences refused to accept her dramatic roles as anything other than Bankhead drolleryBankhead was an actor whose persona was largely founded on not seeming to give a damn what anyone thought of her either as a public figure or as a dramatic artist It s a pity therefore that her biographer is abnormally protective of her throughout his research Lobenthal seems determined to promote Bankhead as an Overlooked Legend to such an extent that he promotes any positive reviews of Bankhead s productions as gospel he himself waxes rhapsodically about her film and radio and television performances in a manner that would have one believe that Bankhead s late life appearance as a camp villain on the Adam West Batman series was a turn on par with any of Meryl Streep s Oscar winning performancesWoe to any actor or reviewer who has dared to disagree with the notion that Bankhead was the ultimate performer of her generation however Lobenthal has a distinct tendency to undermine any negative reviews by uestioning the credentials of the reviewers and by using academic pejoratives negative reviewers are always alleging or carping to undermine their authority He goes out of his way to discredit the motives and even the acting skills of co stars who stooped to suggest that working with Tallulah was perhaps something of a pain in the butt He even glosses over the star s family s repeated complaints about Tallulah s many fictions about her upbringing and manages to make the extended Bankhead family sound like a bunch of entitled ingrates envious of her wild successAlthough Tallulah probably can t be beat for its thoroughness it s a shame that Lobenthal didn t follow Bankhead s example and let the facts of her life fall where they might conseuences be damned His overindulgence of the star long after her death has an unfortunate echo of the uncritical fans who showed up in droves to whoop for and laugh at their acid tongued Tallulah no matter what role she happened to be playing Un Garçon Singulier researching Bankhead's life Joel Lobenthal tells her unadulterated story as told to him by her closest friends enemies lovers and employees Several have broken decadelong silences; many have given Lobenthal their final interviews The Tai Chi Thirteen Sword: A Sword Master's Guide result is the story of a woman complex shocking and yet nuanced than her notorious legend suggest. 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review Tallulah The Life and Times of a Leading Lady 103 Outrageous outspoken and uninhibited Tallulah Bankhead was an actress known as much for her vices cocaine alcohol hysterical tirades and scandalous affairs with both men and women as she was for her winning performances on stage In 1917 a fifteen year old Bankhead boldly left her established Alabama political family and fled to New York City to sate her relentless need for attention and become a star Five years later she crossed the Atlantic immediately taking her place as a fixture in British society and the most popular actress in London's West End By the time she returned to America in the 1930s she was infamous for throwing marathon parties bedding her favorite costars and neglecting to keep her escapades a secret from the press At times her notoriet. Hated it It was way too long of a story about one woman I mean Tallulah is a total hot mess sex maniac And that is why I wanted to read about her Way too much info about other stuff I skipped that stuff La Consoude, trésor du jardin - Vol. 8 relentless need for attention and become a star Five years later she crossed the Atlantic immediately taking her place as a fixture in British society and the most popular actress in London's West End By the time she SNAP returned to America in the 1930s she was infamous for throwing marathon parties bedding her favorite costars and neglecting to keep her escapades a secret from the press At times her notoriet. Hated it It was way too long of a story about one woman I mean Tallulah is a total hot mess sex maniac And that is why I wanted to Lady Hamilton . read about her Way too much info about other stuff I skipped that stuff