According to Tullah Innes Hanley,
her father was a Hungarian building contractor, her mother, an Egyptian, born in a harem
and adopted by Hungarian parents. Her family became
poverty-stricken upon the death of her father, leading, ultimately, to her coming
Tullah came to the United States,
along with her sister, Amy, in her early twenties intent on making more
of her life. According to Tullah, at first the Innes sisters
"were not admitted to this country, but later, after we show our act,
they say we are desirable aliens, after all." (Tantallo)
She was educated in Hungary and Switzerland. She
could speak five languages, most likely learned on her many travels
between Europe, South and North America. She appeared in musical halls,
vaudeville, and night clubs with her unique classical Egyptian and
African dances. She was fifteen when she began to dance and an "old" twenty-four when she married Mr. Hanley.
They were married in 1948.
from "Beauty through
Health and Culture"
a charismatic woman born for the stage. She had an overflowing passion
for life and all that life had to offer. Her passions paralleled her
husband's. She took an active role in choosing many of the works she and
her husband would collect. Throughout all Mr. Hanley's collecting Tullah always claimed that she was the only "ostentatious" thing he
Tullah also dabbled in
writing and public speaking. She spent 6 years in the 1950's, writing The Strange Triangle of
a novelized story of a love triangle involving George Bernard Shaw. She
was active in the community, lecturing at the YWCA in 1959 on "Beauty
through Health and Culture", and on similar topics over the years. Later in
life, she wrote her autobiography entitled, The Love of Art and the Art of Love.
As the latter title may indicate, Tullah's exotic approach to life was shocking
to some of her neighbors. Her suggestive dance routines and wardrobe were
combined with a penchant for statements such as, "When he (Dr. Hanley)
married me he got two for the price of one"--a reference to her sister, Amy, who shared the Hanley
from the back cover of her autobiography
After the death of T. Edward Hanley
she continued the couple's philanthropy, donating generously to the
University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and many other college libraries.
She donated art and exhibited the pieces she kept all over the country.
She even began a youth center in Mr. Hanley's home town of Bradford,
Pennsylvania, a source of much comment in the small city.
Tullah Innes Hanley died June 3, 1992.
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