NW Quadrant, East of Rock Creek, Sheridan/Kalorama, Architecturally Significant, Female, LGBTQ, Showbiz.

Tallulah Bankhead
(January 31, 1902 - December 12, 1968)

The Norwood, 1868 Columbia Rd. NW, Kalorama neighborhood, DC.

Born in Alabama, Bankhead spent childhood years in DC, where her father and uncle served as US Congressmen, and her grandfather had been a US senator.  She is the author of Tallulah: My Autobiography (1952), a New York Times bestseller for 26 weeks.

Renowned for her low voice, her bisexual affairs, and her flamboyant personality, Bankhead came to fame in the 1920s as a stage actress on London's West End and on Broadway.  She starred in twenty films, most notably Alfred Hitchcock's Lifeboat (1944).  Later in life she headlined the radio weekly, The Big Show, and made appearances on television.

Architect: Hunter & Bell
Year: 1916
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.

Photo of author courtesy of Library of Congress.