Katharine Hepburn

Katharine Hepburn

Book - 1995
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"At last, the definitive biography of Katharine Hepburn - the story she herself has never told. Hollywood has produced many stars, but no one compares to Katharine Hepburn. She is the last of the great ones: a celebrated actress, a brilliant personality, an original. In more than sixty years of public life, countless men have fallen in love with her, women have admired her, and yet only a handful have ever known the real Kate." "What drove Katharine Hepburn? Why was she so loved? How could such a fiercely independent woman have given up her life to one man - Spencer Tracy - to the point of curling up on the floor outside his hotel room while he drank himself into unconsciousness behind a locked door?" "Barbara Leaming has discovered thousands of never-before-seen documents that finally illuminate the mystery of this enigmatic, fascinating woman. Growing up in a family shadowed by suicide and madness, young Kate was unaware of her family's tragic history until the day - she was thirteen - she discovered her brother hanging dead in an attic. His death - and the heritage that might have explained it - was never talked of again, leaving Kate with unresolved questions that have haunted her ever since." "It is a love story - though not the one you would expect. It is also a family story that brings alive three generations of fearless women, personal and political crusaders who shaped the history of women in our century."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, 1995.
ISBN: 9780517592847
Branch Call Number: 921 H528Le
Characteristics: vii, 549 p. : ill.


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Aug 06, 2017

This biography takes some patient reading to get to the biography part. The first 200 pages, Part 1, provide a very detailed family background that I gather is not available elsewhere. And it is not until 400 pages in that the two sections come together, making sense of her relationship with Spencer Tracy. It is not your juicy Hollywood bio, but I recommend it to those who are interested in who the woman behind the mask on screen was.

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