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Tallulah Bankhead’s Sweetbreads a la Root recipe

Sunday, December 5th, 2010


Tallulah Bankhead





Sweetbreads a la Root


Parboil 3 pair sweetbreads, drain, then cool and insert strips of truffles, using a larding needle. Put in a pan 6 slices of carrot, 1/2 small onion, sliced. One stalk of celery, cut in pieces, 1 sprig of parsley, a bit of bay leaf and a 2-inch cube fat, salt pork, cut in pieces. Place sweetbreads over vegetables, add 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cook on range 10 minutes. Pour over 1 cup white stock, 1/4 cup white wine and 2 tablespoons port wine. Cover and bake 30 minutes. Arrange around platter a puree of French chestnuts, forced through a pastry bag and tube. Place sweetbreads in center. Strain sauce, remove fat and add 1/3 cup chopped mushroom caps, cooked in 1/2 tablespoon butter for 2 minutes. Pour sauce over sweetbreads and garnish with sprigs of watercress.



William Haines house

Friday, July 30th, 2010


Former Hollywood home of Billy Haines, Tallulah Bankhead






Our heart skipped a beat when we spotted this listing on the MLS for one unit of a duplex in the Hollywood Hills. Built in 1926, the duplex at 1712 N. Stanley Avenue, was once the home of Billy Haines, the legendary interior designer beloved by Old Hollywood glamourpusses such as Joan Crawford, Carol Lombard, and Claudette Colbert.


And according to the book Tallulah!, Haines also rented the home to his friend Tallulah Bankhead for a time in the early 1930s. Alas, the listing is skimpy on pix, and the ones it does have aren’t very satisfying. (Anyone else have a pet peeve about photos where a TV is on? We also detest it in Youtube videos.) Nevertheless, here’s the description: “Gated, formal entry with amazing panelling, beautiful courtyard patio, incredible living room with high ceilings and fireplace, den or office, spacious kitchen, 3 bedrooms, pets are welcome. Perfect for single or couple with artistic flair.” Monthly rent for the unit is $3,995.–Pauline O’Connor









Thanksgiving in Hollywood, 1931

Thursday, November 26th, 2009


How Hollywood stars celebrated Thanksgiving in 1931




Hollywood’s basis for Thanksgiving sometimes ranged from gratitude to an indulgent fate for the renewal of an option to thanks for a new divorce. But whatever the individual cause for thanks. the favored of filmdom in 1931 joined the rest of the country in celebrating the Thanksgiving season.


Marlene Dietrich observed the holiday entertaining a few guests and, for the occasion, allowed little Maria to dine with the grown-ups. Others who celebrated quietly at home were Dolores Costello and John Barrymore who entertained Lionel Barrymore and Helene Costello; Kay Francis and her husband, Kenneth McKenna; Buster and Natalie Talmadge Keaton, their two sons, and Norma and Constance Talmadge; Vivian Duncan and Nils Asther and their new daughter, Evelyn. The Robert Montgomery’s, also assisted their young daughter (five-week old Martha who died at 14 months of spinal meningitis) in her first Thanksgiving, while the Reginald Denny’s also had their young son to initiate.


Ruth Chatterton and Ralph Forbes travelled to Arrowhead for the occasion. Marie Dressler, accompanied by her house guest, Lady Ravensdale, and Claire du Brey, drove to the desert and dined at the La Quinta Hotel. Wallace Beery spent Thanksgiving in New York, as did Joan Crawford and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.


Clark Gable spent the holiday in the mountains. Jimmy Durante cooked his own turkey, decorating it with  an original dressing, but declining to reveal the recipe.


Ben Lyon and Bebe Daniels celebrated the day in San Francisco with the opening of Bebe’s play, The Last of Mrs. Cheney. Janet Gaynor was Europe-bound, accompanied by her husband, Lydell Peck and mother. Maurice Chevalier  was joined by his wife, actress Yvonne Vallee,  for his first Thanksgiving. Tallulah Bankhead arrived in town for formal dinner plans. Two new sets of newlyweds — June Collyer and Stuart Erwin and Carole Lombard and William Powell — observed the day at home.


Victor MacLaglen presided over a huge dining table which was a part of the Tuder furniture imported from England for his Flintridge home.


From several places across the country, the Will Rogers clan collected in time for turkey. Will, Jr. was home from Stanford, and Jimmy arrived from Roswell, New Mexico.


Wherever you are and whatever your plans, I hope you have a fabulous Thanksgiving. 



Tallulah is Looped…

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008


Valerie Harper Channels Tallulah Bankhead in “Looped”


Emmy Award winning Valerie Harper (The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rhoda) stars as Tallulah Bankhead in LOOPED.


Looped was written by Matthew Lombardo (Tea at Five).


“The hugely enthusiastic response of Playhouse audiences to Tea at Five a couple of seasons ago gives me tremendous excitement about presenting the world premiere of Matthew’s new play focused on the life of the wonderfully theatrical and outrageous Tallulah Bankhead,” said Sheldon Epps


“He has taken a true incident in this tremendous character’s life and theatricalizes that moment in time to examine her life story with all of the expected humor, bawdiness, and good spirits.  At the same time his depiction of the great lady is also touching, emotional, and very loving.”


Looped is loosely based on the true story of Tallulah Bankhead (Valerie Harper), the original celebrity bad girl, who was called into a sound studio to re-record (or “loop”) one line from her final film Die, Die, My Darling


The session was to have only taken 5 minutes, but instead lasted well over eight hours. Southern, but by no means a belle, Ms. Bankhead was known for her wild partying that outshined even today’s superstars, including innumerable affairs with male and female celebrities and outlandish exploits that were even investigated by the British secret service. 


Looped plays at the Pasadena Playhouse, 39 South El Molino Avenue in Pasadena until August 3. For more see


photo by Craig Schwartz