Connecticut's Own Katherine Hepburn

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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