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Katharine Hepburn : a Hollywood Yankee
Katharine Hepburn : a Hollywood Yankee
Carey, Gary
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Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, ©1983.
Physical Description:
284 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
General Note:
"Revised and updated version of Katherine Hepburn, originally published in 1975 by Pocket Books"--Title page verso.
Connecticut Yankee -- Conscious beauty -- "The Warrior's Husband" -- Katharine of arrogance -- Top of the heap -- Kate sinks in "The Lake" -- Gee whiz, a hit! -- Flying too high with some guy in the sky -- Calla lilies and peanuts -- Success story -- Cutting Kate down to size -- Tracy -- The rugged path -- Kate the red menace -- With a little help from their friends -- Cherce meat -- Pshaw and "Summertime" -- Down under -- Much ado about nothing -- "Long Day's Journey" -- Tracy's last film -- Woman of the year -- "Coco" -- Staying busy -- Matters of gravity -- Golden corn -- To be continued.
Though totally without surprises, depth, or fresh research (virtually no trace of original interview material), this short biography of Katharine Hepburn--an update of a 1975 paperback original--is a cut above fanzine trash. There's relatively little here about the un-flashy star's private life; briefly mentioned are her strong family background, her very brief marriage, her romances with Leland Hayward and Howard Hughes, and (in more detail) her longtime relationship with the increasingly ill Spencer Tracy. The long, busy career, however, receives a solid rundown--from her erratic theater beginnings to celebrity; from instant film-stardom through the ups and downs of the Thirties; from "The Philadelphia Story" comeback to the Tracy/Hepburn comedy hits and finally her "daring and triumphant leap into middle age" in "The African Queen." Carey, a tartly discriminating viewer of the Hepburn canon, judges Mary Tyrone in Long Day's Journey as "her greatest performance" to date but is slightly less trustworthy and comprehensive on Hepburn's stage work. As a film-by-film, play-by-play chronology, this is sturdy and reasonably balanced.