Tallulah artifacts added at Bankhead House

By JENNIFER COHRON, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 12/31/16

Tallulah Bankhead once said, “It’s the good girls who keep diaries. The bad girls never have the time.”

In lieu of a diary, Bankhead had an address book and a headboard, both of which are now housed in the Tallulah …

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Tallulah artifacts added at Bankhead House

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Tallulah Bankhead once said, “It’s the good girls who keep diaries. The bad girls never have the time.”

In lieu of a diary, Bankhead had an address book and a headboard, both of which are now housed in the Tallulah room at the Bankhead House and Heritage Center.

The address book was donated by Bankhead’s goddaughter, Brook Ashley, following the death of her father, Donald Seawell, in September.

The book contains the names and telephone numbers of numerous stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age, some typed and others handwritten by Bankhead.

Ashley also donated a caricature of Bankhead drawn by famed American caricaturist Al Hirschfeld.

Seawell was Bankhead’s attorney and was married to Eugenia Rawls, who played Bankhead’s daughter in The Little Foxes.

Ashley appeared in Jasper at the inaugural Tallulah Bankhead Tribute in 2015.

The headboard, an ornately carved piece with button satin padding in the front and satin in the back, was donated by Bruce Hoban and Michael Hudson of San Francisco.

The headboard was originally a hanging wall mirror that belonged to Louisa D’Andelo Carpenter, a DuPont heiress.

According to a history of the headboard provided by Hoban and Hudson, Bankhead admired the mirror while it was hanging in Carpenter’s Delaware home. Carpenter then had the mirror converted into a headboard and presented it to Bankhead as a gift.

Bankhead kept the headboard in her New York City townhouse from 1957 until her death in 1968.

A copy of a 1957 issue of Interior Design magazine showing the headboard in the townhouse is stored in a sewn pocket in the back of the headboard.

The headboard can also be seen in photos of Bankhead and Ashley hanging in the Tallulah room at the Bankhead House.

After Bankhead’s death, the headboard went to Jesse Levy, a longtime friend and assistant in the final two years of her life.

Levy’s executor Donald Bovee inherited the headboard after Levy’s death in 1991, and it was bequeathed to Hoban following Bovee’s death earlier this year. Hoban contacted representatives of the Bankhead House and Heritage Center after reading about The Tallulah Bankhead Tribute on Facebook.

The new items are some of the most significant artifacts added to BHHC’s Tallulah collection since the Tallulah room opened in 2011.