Katharine Hepburn

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Crown Publishers, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 549 pages
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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

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I decided to write review notes as I read this book. I made this decision because so far (I'm up to her mother's and her aunt's antics at Bryn Mawr) I am just loving it. Ms Leaming's biographical ... Read full review

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One might rightly wonder what there is left to say about actress Hepburn, since she has already been extensively written about and interviewed and has written her autobiography, Me: Stories of My Life ... Read full review

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About the author (1995)

Barbara Leaming is the author of numerous biographies including Churchill Defiant, Katharine Hepburn, and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis: The Untold Story. Her articles have appeared in several publications including New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, and the Times of London.

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