Tuesday, July 7, 2009


ONE OF THE (arguably) endearing eccentricities of the late/great Tallulah Bankhead was a penchant for flashing. During the making of Hitchcock's 1944 LIFEBOAT some members of the cast got together and reported to Hitch that it had become very distracting having Tallu make it clear that she had no use for underwear. Hitch paused for a moment, then, thinking out loud, said "Well, I don't know if this is a problem for costume, hair and makeup or props."

DURING AN EARLY 1960s run of her play SEXTET at the Coconut Grove Playhouse, Miss West, always the gracious star, made time after the show to greet the fans and sign autographs. When a young man approached her and gushed the usual compliments, he added that he had just seen SHE DONE HIM WRONG at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Mae, blinked once or twice and said "Museum? What do you mean museum?"

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