At 15, Tallulah Bankhead won a movie-magazine beauty contest and
persuaded her family to let her move to New York. Her father, William
Bankhead, used his influence and connections to help secure Tallulah’s
first stage role, a nonspeaking, one scene walk-on part in the comedy
The Squab Farm. It only played the Bijou theater for three weeks.
Tallulah’s comments on the play from her autobiography: "A mute
child in a flop. That was my beginning."