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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