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From birth, Katharine Hepburn seemed destined to become a symbol of the modern woman on stage, on screen, and in the world. Fiercely competitive, private, and independent, Hepburn was one part Olympic athlete Babe Didrikson, one part Amelia Earhart, and two parts Greta Garbo. Although often paired with the greatest actors in Hollywood—Humphrey Bogart (The African Queen); Cary Grant (Bringing Up Baby), James Stewart (The Philadelphia Story), and Spencer Tracy (Adam's Rib, Woman of the Year)—Hepburn was able to ...

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From birth, Katharine Hepburn seemed destined to become a symbol of the modern woman on stage, on screen, and in the world. Fiercely competitive, private, and independent, Hepburn was one part Olympic athlete Babe Didrikson, one part Amelia Earhart, and two parts Greta Garbo. Although often paired with the greatest actors in Hollywood—Humphrey Bogart (The African Queen); Cary Grant (Bringing Up Baby), James Stewart (The Philadelphia Story), and Spencer Tracy (Adam's Rib, Woman of the Year)—Hepburn was able to carry her own films like Summertime, Little Women, and Sylvia Scarlett over a stage and screen career that spanned eight decades. Her home was never in Hollywood (where she won four Oscars) or New York but in Connecticut, where she died lamenting "I could have accomplished three times as much. I haven't realized my full potential."

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"Show me an actress who isn't a personality, and you'll show me a woman who isn't a star." — Katharine Hepburn
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783822822104
  • Publisher: Taschen America, LLC
  • Publication date: 7/1/2007
  • Series: Movie Icons Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Alain Silver has co-written and co-edited a score of books including The Samurai Film, The Noir Style, The Vampire Film, Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles, director studies of David Lean and Robert Aldrich, and four Film Noir Readers. His articles have appeared in numerous film journals, newspapers, and online magazines. He holds a Ph.D. from UCLA and is a member of the Writers Guild of America west and the Directors Guild of America.

Paul Duncan found himself in the right place at the right time as South Africa came into its own with creative design and decor a few years ago. He was the highly successful editor of Conde Nast House & Garden and has had the opportunity to work with the best local and international photographers - notably Fritz von der Schulenberg - as well as art directors and features writers to capture the outstanding interiors put together by interior designers such as Graham Viney, Stephen Falcke, Stefan Antoni and Boyd Ferguson, architects like Johann Slee and Silvio Rechs and inspired homemakers from Sandton to Graaff Reinet to Plettenberg Bay. Paul Duncan is now Head of Design, Menswear & Homeware at Woolworths and as involved with design and South African innovation as ever, with more books in the pipeline.

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  • Posted July 14, 2010

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    Captures the Very Soul of Katherine Hepburn

    Katherine Hepburn, or "Kate," as she was informally known, epitomized the era of Hollywood aristocracy. Indeed she had come from an aristocratic Eastern family, yet when this genuine beauty became known for her preference for pants, eyes began to open wide. She was a pensive, sensual, provocative conundrum who couldn't have cared less what anyone thought of her, let alone her adoring public, yet became one of the world's most famous and beloved actresses of all time.

    What she couldn't or wouldn't divulge about her thoughts or personal life was subtly caught on camera, more notably on movie and publicity stills. She became the "first lady of cinema," yet many in the industry considered her to be unattractive and lacking in sex appeal, a quality that filled the screen and the casting couches with young, beautiful women. Any woman with Katherine Hepburn's sang-froid didn't revel in such nonsense. Indeed, they dubbed her "Katherine of Arrogance."

    Inexplicably "David O. Selznick, who oversaw her early career at RKO, found her unattractive and refused to cast her in Gone With the Wind (1939) because she lacked 'sex qualities.'" (pg. 12) The gorgeous, sensual, pulchritude of the black-and white-art photography in this book begs to differ. In William J. Mann's 2006 memoir of Kate, the photographic portrait of her seems barren in contrast. Kate's last image, which in part states that she was "impish, chubby, and adored the world over," is not what her fans care to remember her by. Taschen captures the woman we saw, the woman we imagined her to be, and the woman we want to see and remember. They capture the very soul of Katherine Houghton Hepburn, a real American beauty.

    This breathtaking photobiography will bring back fond memories of an American movie icon to its readership. As the pages are turned Kate comes to life and we can hear her voice and remember movies that once mesmerized us or that oftentimes can be captured on late night television. Many of the stills' captions, in English, French, and German, are accompanied by memorable quotations. Even the simple musings, such as "If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased," will bring Kate back to life. From the visual image of a "powerful sexy woman" to those "tender and tearful moments," this is one book every fan should consider!

    Quill says: Taschen captures the woman we saw, the woman we imagined her to be, and the woman we want to see and remember. They capture the very soul of Katherine Houghton Hepburn, a real American beauty.

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