Truman Capote and Tallulah Bankhead attended the dinner party where Dottie (Dorothy Parker) met the actor Montgomery Clift, who was widely rumored to be homosexual. Capote recalled the scene: “‘He’s so beautiful,’ murmured Miss Parker. ‘Sensitive. So finely made. The most beautiful young man I’ve ever seen. What a pity he’s a cocksucker.’ Then, sweetly, wide-eyed with little girl naivete, she said, ‘Oh. Oh dear. Have I said something wrong? I mean, he is a cocksucker, isn’t he, Tallulah?'”
Bankhead: “Well, d-d-darling, I r-r-really wouldn’t know. He’s never sucked my cock.”
–From Not Much Fun: The Lost Poems of Dorothy Parker by Stuart Y. Silverstein
“We stopped at a roadside cafe for Cokes. Inside, we sat at one of the few tables and ordered. Then, an old man, who was sitting across the room, came slowly over to us, peered at Tallulah, and asked, ‘Are you Edna St. Vincent Millay?’ Startled, Tallulah said, ‘No, but I am someone terribly famous. Here, I’ll write my name on this slip of paper, and, after we’ve gone, open it, and you’ll see. Meanwhile, my friend here, Colin Keith-Johnston, will recite for you. Colin, this gentlemen is thirsting for poetry – recite for him!’ And Colin did recite ‘At a Month’s End’ by Sindburne, beautifully and in a most matter-of-fact way, as though the setting and the audience were not that unusual. We finished our Cokes, Colin finished the Swinburne, we paid the check and left. As we boarded the bus and looked back, the screen door of the little cafe opened, and the old man, waving the slip of paper Tallulah had given him, called, ‘Good-bye! Good-bye! Ella Wheeler Wilcox!'”
— Quoted at Tallulah Bankhead: A Passionate Life, from Tallulah: A Memory by Eugenia Rawls
“The little that continued to happen in Tallulah’s life took on tremendous import. She prepared for the masked ball for weeks. Since her wardrobe was scant and she was dead set against spending a great deal of money on a gown she could wear only once, Tallulah decided to finagle. Her machination made Regina Giddens look like an amateur. Finally, she was taken to the ball by a couturier, who made her a dress in return for the opportunity to attend the Capote party.
“Dripping mink, diamonds, her face half-covered with a fringed, feline white mask, and looking very beautiful, Tallulah had a wonderful time…” — from Miss Tallulah Bankhead by Lee Israel
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