What went down:
Tallulah Bankhead was one of the most notorious actresses of her generation.
Mostly because her off-screen presence was beyond imagination.
Tallulah had a penchant for debauchery, and enough sexual forthrightness to make the most macho man blush.
After becoming successful on London’s West End, Tallulah turned up in Hollywood. She didn’t have success right away, and largely found movie-making to be boring.
And Tallulah was not a woman to settle for a boring life.
So she took action....and threw a party.
Not just any soiree, but some of the wildest parties in town.
Now, Old Hollywood parties could be unruly but Tallulah made sure hers defied conventional expectations of behavior.
Sometimes, Tallulah answered the door naked and often she made it quite plain to the guest of her choice that she would go to bed with him or her that night.
For her candor she became an inspiration. The movie “The Girls About Town” was apparently inspired by these evenings.
Why didn't Tallulah just leave Hollywood? Why did she spend time in a place she considered rather dull?
Tallulah was no dope -- she knew she could make a lot of money from the films. Theater was -- as is now -- not as lucrative as the screen.
So while she bided her time for the right film project Tallulah made sure she never had a dull moment.
And because she had such a good time waiting, the right film project did come.
What the Passionate Class of the 21st Century can learn from Tallulah:
- There are no dull moments, only dull people.
- If you are truly yourself, opportunities will present themselves which will align with your purpose. They have to -- the strength of your spirit will attract them. Lean into your authenticity -- whether you are a nerd, a party girl, or a jock --and life will unfold naturally. Be that what you are to the hilt -- to the nth degree! It sends out a spark which will only reverberate into the world and blaze the trail ahead of you.
How about you?
Have YOU ever changed a sour situation into a fun opportunity?
Have YOU ever acted with full authenticity? If so, what was the reaction?