Tallulah Brockman Bankhead was an American screen and stage actress. She was known for her husky voice, outrageous personality, and devastating wit.
Primarily an actress of the stage, Bankhead did have one hit on a film by Alfred Hitchcock, Lifeboat (1944), as well as a brief but successful career on radio. She later made appearances on television as well.
Like her family, Bankhead was a Democrat but broke with many Southerners by campaigning for Harry Truman's reelection in 1948. While viewing Truman's inauguration parade, she booed the South Carolina float, which carried then-Governor and segregationist Strom Thurmond.
She is quoted saying, "I don't know what I am, darling. I've tried several varieties of sex. Going down on a woman gives me a stiff neck, going down on a man gives me lockjaw, and conventional sex gives me claustrophobia.” Bankhead never publicly described herself as being bi. She did, however, describe herself as "ambisextrous."