Katharine Hepburn Filmography in Pictures
This is the first installment of what may or may not become an ongoing series of articles. ESP stands for Every Single Picture and we’ve used “picture” to mean actual photographs as well as movies. You know how old timey Hollywood referred to movies as pictures? Well, there you go. What follows is a picture from every picture Katharine Hepburn was in. If you scroll through real fast, it’s a fast forward of her life and aging. My goodness, she was a beautiful woman.
At one point (I’m not sure how current my research is and I’m not about to investigate this further), she held the record for most Best Actress Oscar wins; out of 12 nominations, she won four. She was also nominated for five Emmys (she won one), two Tonys, and eight Golden Globes. She was ranked by the American Film Institute as the greatest female star in American film history.
I accidentally read her autobiography, Me: Stories of My Life, a few years ago. It was horribly written and testimony why celebrities need ghost writers. It was this rambling stream of consciousness and she is no James Joyce if you know what I mean. She was, by her own account, a hard woman who ruthlessly used others to further her career. I didn’t particularly want to know such things. Her long-standing affair with the married Spencer Tracy was one of the worst kept secrets of the time. She was born into a wealthy, patrician family. She was raised athletically and with a social conscience as her mother was a suffragette and the co-founder of Planned Parenthood. Her choice of career was not welcomed by her parents. I prefer to watch the movies and be awed by beauty than know such sordid details about the real person. My rose colored glasses suit me fine.
If you have a suggestion for the possible next ESP contestant, please leave a comment. Until then, long live the ballsy cheekboned Kate who got what she wanted no matter the cost.