Tallulah Brockman Bankhead was an American actress, talk-show host, and .
Bankhead was born in Huntsville, Alabama to William Brockman Bankhead and Adelaide Eugenia “Ada” Bankhead. She was named after her paternal grandmother. Her mother died as a result of blood poisoning on February 23, 1902, shortly after Tallulah’s birth. Tallulah has been described as “an extremely homely child”, overweight and with a deep, husky voice resulting from chronic bronchitis. However, others described her as an exhibitionist, performer, personality, and star from the very beginning.
She came from the powerful Bankhead and Brockman political family, active in the Democratic Party in the South in general and Alabama in particular. Her father was the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1936?1940, immediately preceding Sam Rayburn.
She was the niece of Senator John H. Bankhead II and granddaughter of Senator John H. Bankhead. Bankhead herself was a Democrat, albeit one of a more liberal stripe than the rest of her family. Her elder sister and only sibling, Evelyn Eugenia was known as “Sister”. Tallulah’s family sent her to various schools in a vain attempt to keep her out of trouble, which included several years at a Roman Catholic convent school. Bankhead herself would be raised as a Methodist.