Adalaide Eugenia “Ada” <I>Sledge</I> Bankhead

Adalaide Eugenia “Ada” Sledge Bankhead

Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA
Death 23 Feb 1902 (aged 21)
Huntsville, Madison County, Alabama, USA
Burial Huntsville, Madison County, Alabama, USA
Plot Block 13, Row 20
Memorial ID 6306918 View Source

Mother of actress Tallulah Bankhead (1902-1968)and Eugenia Bankhead (1901-1978). Wife of William Brockman Bankhead (1874-1940)(U.S. Representative (1917-40) and Speaker of the House (1936-40). She died of blood poisoning three weeks after giving birth to Tallulah.

It has been widely documented that Tallulah's mother was a great beauty and a woman who was known throughout the South for her charm. A native of Como, Mississippi, "Ada" was engaged to another man when she met her future husband, William Bankhead, on a trip to Huntsville, Alabama to buy a wedding dress. Ada died three weeks after giving birth to Tallulah due to complications from blood poisoning. She is buried in Maple Hill Cemetery in Huntsville, Alabama.

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