Webway Wednesday . . .The Line That Made Tallulah Bankhead "Loopy"

Inside Track   Webway Wednesday . . .The Line That Made Tallulah Bankhead "Loopy"
“And so, Patricia, as I was telling you, that deluded rector has, in literal effect, closed the church to me.”

This was the line that, according to Looped, a new play making its way to Broadway this March, almost brought down Tallulah Bankhead’s last film, "Die! Die! My Darling!"

Multi Emmy Award-winning actress Valerie Harper brings Bankhead back to life.  In this NPR clip, representing the earlier Arena Stage run of Matthew Lombardo's play, we step inside the recording studio and get a taste of that infamous line.

While it’s easy to get lost in the hilarious antics that ensue between Harper’s Bankhead and an annoyed sound engineer (played in the above clip by Jay Goede), we also must remember that Bankhead was a legend in her own right.

So, on this WEBWAY WEDNESDAY, we take a look at some classic Tallulah Bankhead moments.

In the '50s, Bankhead hosted a poplar radio program called "The Big Show," which featured Bankhead bantering with celebrities like Marlene Dietrich, Judy Garland and Ethel Merman.  In this clip, Tallulah and Merman have a pretty funny exchange that ends in a glorious "Sing-Off" at around the 4:39 mark.

Bankhead shows off her comedic "chops" alongside Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz for the "Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour."

Bankhead plays Mrs. Trefoile alongside Stefanie Powers as Patricia in 1965's "Die! Die! My Darling!"

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