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Katharine Hepburn: An Independent Woman
     

Katharine Hepburn: An Independent Woman

by Ronald Bergan
 

Bergan provides a glimpse into the life of a Hollywood legend, by charting both her career, which spanned seven decades, and her off-screen relationships with many of her leading men.

When Katharine Hepburn arrived in Hollywood in 1932, studio executives were confounded by a rare beauty who displayed both an imperturbable sense of humor and an intelligent

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Bergan provides a glimpse into the life of a Hollywood legend, by charting both her career, which spanned seven decades, and her off-screen relationships with many of her leading men.

When Katharine Hepburn arrived in Hollywood in 1932, studio executives were confounded by a rare beauty who displayed both an imperturbable sense of humor and an intelligent sensibility. Nobody on screen could be so funny and so moving in making a fool of herself, or so touching in reclaiming her dignity. According to George Cukor, her friend and the director of eight of her films, “She always challenged the audience, [and] that wasn’t the fashion in those days.” 

 Much like Hepburn herself, her career followed no conventional pattern. Her on-screen personae ranged from the headstrong girl of her early appearances to the vaguely authoritative spinster of her later films; her performances won her a string of accolades, from her first Oscar for Morning Glory in 1933 to her fourth for On Golden Pond in 1981—with which she became the first (and to date only) winner of four Oscars for Best Actress, from a record twelve nominations. 

Hepburn was always her own woman, insisting on and retaining the respect of all who worked with her. She refused to give in to the studio’s publicity demands, avoiding interviews and always wearing pants off the set. With her fierce, no-nonsense beauty—to which the 150 sumptuous photographs in this book amply testify—her strong-minded outspokenness, and her controlled yet sparkling performances, she will always be one of cinema’s most seductive illustrations of the advantages of independence. 

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Booknews
Features some 150 b&w and color photographs of Hepburn and reproductions of movie ads and magazine covers on which she appeared. Many of the photos and illustrations occupy an entire page. The author includes a biography of the star, as well as her comments on the photographs. He also provides a filmography. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611457148
Publisher:
Arcade Publishing
Publication date:
03/01/2013
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
1,195,834
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 11.40(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Ronald Bergan is the author of a number of books including The United Artists Story, Jean Renoir: Projections of Paradise, and Great Theaters of London. He is also coauthor of the highly acclaimed Faber Companion to Foreign Films. While living in France, he taught literature, theater, and film at the Sorbonne, the British Institute in Paris, and the University of Lille.

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