Bankhead, Tallulah. (1902–1968)
"Main Street to Broadway" - Signed Promotional Photograph
Signed promotional photograph of the American actress in the 1953 MGM comedy Main Street to Broadway, a film that featured contemporary Broadway stars such as Bankhead playing exaggerated versions of their public personas. Embossed National Screen Service stamp to lower right corner, stamp reading "4 May 27 53" to verso. Moderate edgewear, else in fine condition. 10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.3 cm.).
Tallulah Bankhead was born to the Brockman Bankheads, a prominent family in Alabama politics. Her grandfather and uncle were U.S. Senators and her father served 11 terms in the House, including a final term as Speaker of the House. Bankhead often stood in public opposition to her family's politics, taking progressive stances on such issues as the civil rights movement. Throughout her career in film and television, she was known to be a prodigious smoker and drinker, and she openly had relationships with both men and women.
From the collection of Paul McMahon, a critic, photographer and artist who worked for more than 13 years touring with Marlene Dietrich as the icon’s stage manager, announcer, dresser, secretary and escort, and later spent 25 years as an arts and entertainment reviewer and photographer with Gay Community News, Esplanade, Tommy’s Connection, The Mirror, Bay Windows and other publications.
Performing Arts & Media