Tallulah Bankhead 11 oz. Natural Soy Candle

by Mobile Bay Shop



"She is the glamorous life of the roaring party who breaks all the norms and lives for the moment. Clothing optional."

Scent: Wild Honeysuckle - A blend of lily and sage is twisted with tangy tones of sweet amber and crisp orange flower.

Every candle is hand-poured, made from all natural and renewable soybean wax with 100% cotton wicks.

Tallulah Bankhead was the daughter of a prominent Alabama Congressman and later Speaker of the House, from an aristocratic family, although without much money. Her mother died from complications after giving birth to Tallulah, and her father fell into a state of depression and alcoholism from which it took him years to recover. Tallulah and her older sister were mostly raised by their grandparents until they could contain the willful girls no longer, and the sisters were sent to a strict convent school. The nuns didn’t have much luck guiding the girls’ decorum either, and by age fifteen Tallulah was on her way to the New York stage.

Bankhead is regarded as one of the great stage actresses of the 20th century, finding success in London’s East End and on Broadway, as well as radio. During her career, she found moderate success in film, with a role in Alfred Hitchcock’s Lifeboat as her most critically acclaimed. Tallulah is remembered, however, more for her uninhibited personality, witticisms and outrageous commentary, and risqué sex life than for her body of work. She was said to smoke 120 cigarettes a day, which must have contributed to her famously husky voice, and battled alcoholism throughout her life. She would get naked at private parties and had a list of affairs too numerous to mention. She was openly bisexual, being quoted as saying “My father warned me about men and booze; he never said anything about women and cocaine.” The media loved her, and sometimes raked her over the coals, but she always fought back with racy quips or hilarious digs. She said that she "lived for the moment."

She died in Manhattan at the age of 66 from complications of pneumonia, flu and emphysema. Her last coherent words reportedly were a request for "codeine and bourbon." For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Bankhead has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1972, and the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame in 1981. During her career, Bankhead amassed nearly 300 film, stage, television and radio roles. While other “first ladies” of the stage and screen have been forgotten from the collective memory through the years, Tallulah’s personality lives on and her star never dims.

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