Don't Forget ME!

My friend, A Bird In The Hand pointed out that I had forgotten Katherine Hepburn in yesterday's post about Hartford's famous natives. In fact, being my favorite, I was saving her for her very own mention. Born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1907, Kate, as her friends called her went on to become one of the most celebrated actresses of the century - practically living it herself, leaving this world in 2003 at the age of 96. Her life and work speak for themselves. Winning four Oscars for Best Actress, she was actually nominated twelve times. She was a life long resident of Connecticut, spending her final years at her home in Old Saybrook, over looking the Long Island Sound.
At the end of the day I think Humphrey Bogart's impression of "Katie" sums it up best:

"Hepburn has unassailability. She is a dyed in the wool eccentric. There is nothing phony about her. She is not beautiful, more like a nylon-covered skeleton. She's no chicken any more either, but she's really fascinating with a tremendous off-beat kind of sex appeal which throws out a challenge that not any hunk of man can take up. She's shy, though. At interviews she shakes like a leaf, although she has the guts not to show it. She's got maybe half a dozen friends in Hollywood and she just circulates among them. You never see her at the nightclubs. When you spend six weeks on a boat in the jungle with a woman and all around you are down with malaria you kind of get to know her. I got to know Katie like a favourite book."
(London Daily Mirror, 1953)

The Love of her Life, Spencer Tracy

With Cary Grant in "Bringing Up Baby" 1938

Hepburn Family in Hartford 1914

Home in Old Saybrook, Connecticut

Katherine Hepburn 1907 - 2003

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22 comments:

Shannon said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. This is a really cool post. I'm going to have my mom read it! ;)

A World in a PAN said...

Gorgeous pictures .. like an old story dreamt in the small childhood cinema in my neighborhood.

Sandra Ree said...

Great post! Such a strong, beautiful woman.

The Lil Bee said...

I think it's really sweet that you're bringing attention to the architecture and heritage of Hartford. Who knew that there are so many great talents from there? I like that.

Mrs.French said...

You have more than made up for forgetting here...stunning.

M.KATE said...

Nice post and she's one classy actress. BTW, is the header a picture from your home ?

Heather said...

Thank you for your resent post on my blog. I value your comments. I see you have a wonderful blog here...I'm going to stay and look around a bit. I'll be back.

This fist set of photos here is great!

Heather
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Hila said...

What a cool, classy lady.

Rebecca said...

Those are great words and I always enjoy photographs of this cool cat. Although, I don't know Mr. Bogart, I'd have to call her pretty beautiful. The way she was so feminine and such a tomboy at the same time - perfecto!

Flower said...

Katherine Hepburn is one actress I never tire of seeing in a movie. She led a very interesting life and made the best of everyday. Thanks for all the pictures..they are great!!

Sandra Ree said...

Hey Marie Louise, was thinking about you when I looked over this post again and to let you know the south is having those bad storms you were experiencing about a week ago. I can hear thunder as I'm typing this. :)

muralimanohar said...

I love Katherine Hepburn...she was my first actress I ever made a connection with, and actually followed. I still love to watch her movies...

Hey Harriet said...

A wonderful post about one the greatest actresses ever! An amazing & inspirational woman in so many ways!

LillyBonBon said...

Thanks for leaving a lovely comment on my blog...it led me to your very interesting blog...I'm sure I'll be back for more!
And by the way, "Bringing up Baby" is a great movie and oh so funny! Thanks for the reminder! :)

quaint handmade said...

she was such a strong and authentic women. so independent. thanks for visiting our blog!

...love Maegan said...

great post + photos! Although, this line from Bogart: "She is not beautiful, more like a nylon-covered skeleton" ...what does is mean?

Hooked on Houses said...

I love Hepburn and classic old movies in general. Great post! -Julia

Larry said...

I watched quite a few Hepburn movies.-I love those old classics-Bette Davis was my favorite though.

Topsy Turvy said...

What a woman she was! And Humphrey can string a sentence together, can't he? I love his quote about her.
Really nice post, Marie Louise.

-Lana

Joanna Goddard said...

wow, she is beautiful! thanks for this lovely post. xo

Here, There, Elsewhere... and more said...

Beautiful post...
I adore Hepburn, last night we watched "Guess who's comming to dinner?" and she was beyond awesome - as usual! - playing beside Sidney Poitier whom I adore too..:)

littlebird said...

a true movie star : )

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