Friday, November 14, 2008

Valerie Harper as the legendary Tallulah!

Oh, I would so love to see this play. Valerie Harper as Tallulah. Perfect. Tallulah Bankhead is mostly forgotten now but she was quite the broad - in the best sense of the word - back in the day.

Broadway World reports:
Four Time Emmy Award winning actress Valerie Harper stars as Tallulah Bankhead in Looped , a new comedy by Matthew Lombardo and directed by Rob Ruggiero. Looped tells the story of actress Tallulah Bankhead, the original celebrity bad girl who enters a film studio session to re-record (or "loop") one line of dialogue for her final film, Die, Die My Darling. What ensues is a showdown between an uptight sound editor and the outrageous legend. Southern, but by no means a belle, Ms. Bankhead was known for her wild partying that rivaled even today's superstars, including innumerable affairs with both male and female celebrities and outlandish exploits that were too scandalous to mention.

  • Looped plays at the Cuillo Centre for the Arts, 201 Clematis, West Palm Beach, Florida.
    • When
    • Performances begin December 31, 2008 and play through February 15, 2009.

      Tickets are available by calling the Cuillo Centre at 561-835-9226 or by visiting the Cuillo Centre Box Office.

      Tallulah: A biography snapshot

      Tallulah Bankhead circulated widely in the celebrity crowd of her day, and was a party favorite for outlandish stunts such as underwearless cartwheels in a skirt or entering a soirée stark naked. She is also said to have been so engrossed in conversation with U.S. First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, that she dropped her drawers and used the toilet while the first lady was still talking. Always extravagant, upon leaving the theater one evening she encountered a Salvation Army band passing around the tambourine. Reaching into her purse, Miss Bankhead withdrew a twenty dollar bill, tossed it into the tambourine and exited into a taxi with the remark, "there dahlings, I know it's been a rough winter for you Spanish dancers." READ MORE