58 Tallulah Bankhead Quotes from American Actress

Tallulah Bankhead was an actress who was was well-known for her lively personal life and theatrical talents.

She became famous in London in the 1920s for her bold behavior and engaging stage presence.

Returning to the U.S. she tried Hollywood but found more success on Broadway winning awards for her roles.

Tallulah Bankhead Quotes

Her later life was marked by health issues from her hedonistic lifestyle but she remained active publishing an autobiography and acting in plays films and TV shows including a memorable role in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Lifeboat” and on the TV series “Batman”.

Tallulah Bankhead gave an award winning performance in Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Lifeboat’.

I have listed the best quotes by Tallulah Bankhead.

Fabulous Tallulah Bankhead Quotes


I’ll come and make love to you at five o’clock. If I’m late start without me. ~ Tallulah Bankhead.


Nobody can be exactly like me. Sometimes even I have trouble doing it. ~ Tallulah Bankhead.


In my lifetime I’ve been to bed with men, women, and odd pieces of furniture. ~ Tallulah Bankhead.


I’ve been called many things, but never an intellectual. ~ Tallulah Bankhead.


I’d like to kiss you, Darling, but I just washed my hair. ~ Tallulah Bankhead.


Here’s a rule I recommend: Never practice two vices at once. ~ Tallulah Bankhead.

My heart is pure as the driven slush. ~ Tallulah Bankhead.


I thought I told you to wait in the car. ~ Tallulah Bankhead.

Best Tallulah Bankhead Quotes

The fearful monotony, the boredom of saying the same words every night, at the same minute, has unhinged the mind of more than one actress. ~ Tallulah Bankhead.


Darling, they’ve absolutely ruined your perfectly dreadful play. ~ Tallulah Bankhead.

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, ‘I’d rather be strongly wrong than weakly right.’ ~ Tallulah Bankhead.

Don’t be taken in by the guff that critics are killing the theater. Commonly they sin on the side of enthusiasm. Too often they give their blessing to trash. ~ Tallulah Bankhead.


I’m not at my best when I moralize or philosophize. Logic is elusive, especially to one who so rarely uses it. ~ Tallulah Bankhead.

Will TV kill the theater? If the programs I have seen, save for Kukla, Fran and Ollie, the ball games and the fights, are any criterion, the theater need not wake up in a cold sweat. ~ Tallulah Bankhead.

Famous Tallulah Bankhead Quotes


They say it’s the good girls who keep diaries. The bad girls never have the time. Me, I just wanna live a life I’m gonna remember even if I don’t write it down. ~ Tallulah Bankhead.

There have only been two authentic geniuses in the world, Willie Mays and Willie Shakespeare and I think you’d better put Shakespeare first, darling. ~ Tallulah Bankhead.


In the theater lying is looked upon as an occupational disease. ~ Tallulah Bankhead.

Do you want to know why the Giants are going to win the pennant? Well, darlings, I can tell you in two words: Willie Mays. ~ Tallulah Bankhead.

Having a talent can be a real bonus if the rest of your life is a mess. ~ Tallulah Bankhead.


They aren’t making mirrors like they use to. ~ Tallulah Bankhead.

Popular Tallulah Bankhead Quotes

Fill what is empty, empty what is full, and scratch where it itches. ~ Tallulah Bankhead.

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. ~ Tallulah Bankhead.


A frozen daiquiri of a scorching afternoon is soothing. It makes living more tolerable. ~ Tallulah Bankhead.

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. ~ Tallulah Bankhead.

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. ~ Tallulah Bankhead.


If I were well behaved, I’d die of boredom. ~ Tallulah Bankhead.

Acting is the most insecure of all the trades, the most risky. In their professional lifetime most actors rehearse longer than they play, spend more time traipsing from office to office in search of jobs than they rehearse and play combined. ~ Tallulah Bankhead.

Great Tallulah Bankhead Quotes

I’ve had a man and I’ve had a woman, and there’s got to be something better. ~ Tallulah Bankhead.


If you know your Bible and your Shakespeare and can shoot craps, you have a liberal education. ~ Tallulah Bankhead.

Whatever you have read I have said is almost certainly untrue, except if it is funny, in which case I definitely said it. ~ Tallulah Bankhead.

Too many of our countrymen rejoice in stupidity, look upon ignorance as a badge of honor. They condemn everything they don’t understand. ~ Tallulah Bankhead.


I’d rather be strongly wrong than weakly right. ~ Tallulah Bankhead.

I don’t know what I want. Nobody knows – or if they do, they don’t know for long. ~ Tallulah Bankhead.

Top Tallulah Bankhead Quotes

What would I do where platforms, microphones and screens denied me? That’s easy. I’d go to the races. ~ Tallulah Bankhead.

It’s unlikely I’ll ever submit to a psychiatrist’s couch. I don’t want some stranger prowling around through my psyche, monkeying with my id. I don’t need an analyst to tell me that I have never had any sense of security. Who has? ~ Tallulah Bankhead.

If I had to live my life again, I’d make the same mistakes, only sooner. ~ Tallulah Bankhead.

If you really want to help the American theater, don’t be an actress, darling. Be an audience. ~ Tallulah Bankhead.

It’s one of the tragic ironies of the theater that only one man in it can count on steady work – the night watchman. ~ Tallulah Bankhead.

Thought-Provoking Tallulah Bankhead Quotes

A Republican. A Republican. That’s worse than being a goddamned Communist! ~ Tallulah Bankhead.

Despite all you may have heard to the contrary, I have never had a ride in a patrol wagon. ~ Tallulah Bankhead.


I have enemies I’ve never met – that’s fame. ~ Tallulah Bankhead.

For acting, darlings, is the world’s most perilous trade. Compared with actors, steeple jacks and deep-sea divers lead snug and placid lives. ~ Tallulah Bankhead.

Do you know what my ambition is in life? To be without ambition. As far back as I can remember I’ve been absolutely hag-ridden. I’d like to attain the state of mind that the Indians call Nirvana. That, for me, would happen if I were free of ambition. ~ Tallulah Bankhead.

Acting is a form of confusion. ~ Tallulah Bankhead.

I read Shakespeare and the Bible, and I can shoot dice. That’s what I call a liberal education. ~ Tallulah Bankhead.

I have been tight as a tick! Fried as a mink! Stiff as a goat! ~ Tallulah Bankhead.

Profound Tallulah Bankhead Quotes

I think the Republican party should be placed in drydock and have the barnacles scraped off its bottom. ~ Tallulah Bankhead.

Bette and I are very good friends, There’s nothing I wouldn’t say to her face, both of them. ~ Tallulah Bankhead.


I detest acting because it is sheer drudgery. ~ Tallulah Bankhead.

My father warned me about men and booze but he never said anything about women and cocaine. ~ Tallulah Bankhead.

I’m the foe of moderation, the champion of excess. ~ Tallulah Bankhead.

Only good girls keep diaries. Bad girls don’t have time. ~ Tallulah Bankhead.

Even the ushers traffic with different people every night. But the actress? She’s a caged parrot. ~ Tallulah Bankhead.

I’m not childless, darling. I am childfree. ~ Tallulah Bankhead.

My progress reminded me of the horses in The Whip. They raced at the limit of their speed directly toward the audience. But they raced on a treadmill which canceled out their progress. ~ Tallulah Bankhead.

Don’t think this has taught me a lesson! ~ Tallulah Bankhead.

So these were the 58 top Tallulah Bankhead quotes and sayings.

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