The Vamp Owned a Puli

We’ve written before about Tallulah Bankhead, an American stage and screen actress famous for her husky voice, outrageous personality, and devastating wit. Our earlier research revealed that this dog lover had owned several breeds in her life, among them a Maltese, a wire-haired Fox Terrier, a Sealyham Terrier, an Old English Sheepdog, and especially, several Pekingese which, by her own admission, enchanted her. We thought that was the end of it, but then we came across a surprise:  Tallulah Bankhead had owned a Puli.

In her autobiography, she wrote, “As I write this my kennel and/or living room shelters a French poodle, Daisy; Doloras, a Maltese poodle, and Donnie, a Puli. Donnie is named after Donald Cook, with whom I wrestled in Private Lives. The is a Hungarian sheep dog, first brought to this country by Henry Wallace when he was Secretary of Agriculture. Are you up in your Hungarian? The plural is pulik.”

The lady was correct.

Sadly, we couldn’t find a photograph of Bankhead with Donnie.

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