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Tallulah Bankhead Quotes


An American actress, talk-show host, and bonne vivante.
(1902 - 1968)

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(On seeing a former lover for the first time in years) I thought I told you to wait in the car.
 

Acting is a form of confession.
 

Cocaine habit-forming? Of course not. I ought to know. I've been using it for years.
 

Here's a rule I recommend. Never practice two vices at once.
[Decisions]
 

I did what I could to inflate the rumor I was on my way to stardom. What I was on my way to, by any mathematical standards known to man, was oblivion, by way of obscurity.
 

I have been absolutely hag-ridden with ambition. If I could wish to have anything in the world it would be to be free of ambition.
 

I have three phobias which, could I mute them, would make my life as slick as a sonnet, but as dull as ditch water: I hate to go to bed, I hate to get up, and I hate to be alone.
 

I read Shakespeare and the Bible, and I can shoot dice. That's what I call a liberal education.
[Education]
 

I'd rather be strongly wrong than weakly right.
[Strong]
 

I'll come and make love to you at five o'clock. If I'm late start without me.
 

I'm as pure as the driven slush.
 

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."
[Instincts]
 

I've been called many things, but never an intellectual.
 

If I had to live my life again, I'd make the same mistakes, only sooner.
 

If you really want to help the American theater, don't be an actress, dahling. Be an audience.
 

It's one of the tragic ironies of the theatre that only one man in it can count on steady work - the night watchman.
 

It's the good girls who keep diaries; the bad girls never have the time.
 

My heart is as pure as the driven slush.
 

Nobody can be exactly like me. Sometimes even I have trouble doing it.
[Self Acceptance]
 

Only good girls keep diaries. Bad girls don't have time.
 


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