Born: January 12, 1910, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
Died: September 24, 1981, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States
Resting place: Calvary Cemetery, Woodside, Queens County, New York, USA, Plot: 4th Calvary Sect. 66 Row 40 Grave 7
Parents: John Kelly, Delia Kelly
Awards: Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical
Tallulah Bankhead was an American actress of the stage and screen, talk-show host, and bonne vivante. Bankhead was the daughter of US Congressman and Speaker of the House William Brockman Bankhead. According to her, “Daddy warned me about men and alcohol. But he never said a thing about women and cocaine.” She had numerous heterosexual affairs but considered herself “ambisextrous.” Rumors about Bankhead's sex life have lingered for years, and she was linked romantically with many notable female personalities of the day, including Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Eva Le Gallienne, Hattie McDaniel, and Alla Nazimova, as well as writer Mercedes de Acosta and singer Billie Holiday. Actress Patsy Kelly claimed she had a sexual relationship with Bankhead when she worked for her as a personal assistant. John Gruen's Menotti: A Biography notes an incident in which Jane Bowles chased Bankhead around Capricorn, Gian Carlo Menotti and Samuel Barber’s Mount Kisco estate, insisting that Bankhead needed to play the lesbian character Inès in Jean-Paul Sartre's No Exit (which Paul Bowles had recently translated), but Bankhead locked herself in the bathroom and kept insisting "That lesbian! I wouldn't know a thing about it."
Patsy Kelly (January 12, 1910 – September 24, 1981)
Tallulah Brockman Bankhead (January 31, 1902 – December 12, 1968)
Days of Love edited by Elisa Rolle
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At Calvary Cemetery (4902 Laurel Hill Blvd, Woodside, NY 11377) is buried Patsy Kelly (1910-1981), American stage, radio, film and television actress. At a time when being openly gay was not socially acceptable, Kelly was open about her sexuality. On occasion she would frankly disclose, in public and with typical candor, to being a "dyke". During the 1930s, she disclosed to Motion Picture magazine that she had been living with actress Wilma Cox for several years and had no intention of getting married. She later claimed she had an affair with Tallulah Bankhead when she worked as Bankhead's personal assistant. Also Claude McKay (1890–1948) and Robert Harron (1893-1920) are buried here.
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