Most probably Daphne Du Maurier thought of the American actress Tallulah Bankhead when she wrote Rebecca. Tallulah had an affair with Daphne's father, and his daughter hated her for that. She was in good company. Miss Bankhead was a woman people loved to hate. She was vulgar, beautiful and very good with words. Many things she said are still to be found among celebrity quotations. The one I like best goes like this: "Nobody can be exactly like me. Sometimes even I have trouble doing it."