1943: Tallulah Bankhead Flashes The Crew And Hitchcock Calls The Hairdressers

FLASHBACK to October 6 1943: Actress Tallulah Bankhead, who won the Drama Critics Award in 1948 for her performance in the Thornton Wilder Pulitzer prize play, “Skin of Our Teeth,” has returned to Hollywood after an absence of 11 years. She will have the role of Mrs. Porter in “Lifeboat,” a Twentieth Century-Fox picture, directed by Alfred Hitchcock. He read her 90 pages of the script over the phone to New York, and then she headed Westward. Miss Bankhead and Mr. Hitchcock dining in Hollywood, Los Angeles.

Alfred Hitchcock would later note on Tallulah Bankhead flashing the crew: “I don’t know if this is a matter for the costume department or hairdressing.”



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