Kate Remembered

by A. Scott Berg | Biographies & Memoirs |
ISBN: 0399151648 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingmaryzeewing of Taneytown, Maryland USA on 5/12/2007
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Journal Entry 1 by wingmaryzeewing from Taneytown, Maryland USA on Saturday, May 12, 2007
Picked this up at the Winters Mill H.S. yard sale, for BC.

From the cover -
For seven decades Katharine Hepburn played a leading role in the popular culture of the twentieth century - reigning as an admired actress, a beloved movie star, and a treasured icon of the modern American woman. She also remained one of the most private of all the public figures of her time.
In 1983 - at the age of seventy-five, her career cresting - the four-time Academy Award winner opened her door to biographer A. Scott Berg - then thirty-three - and began a special friendship, one that endured to the end of her illustrious life.
From the start, Scott Berg felt that Katharine Hepburn intended his role to be not just that of a friend but also of a chronicler, a confidant who might record for posterity her thoughts and feelings. Over the next twenty years, Kate used their many hours together to reveal all that came to mind, often reflecting on the people and eipsodes of her past, occasionally on the meaning of life.
Here are the stories from those countless intimate conversations, and much more. In addition to recording heretofore untold biographical details of her entire phenomenal career and her famous relationships with such men as Spencer Trace and Howard Hughes, Kate Remembered also tells the amusing, often emotional story of one of the most touching friendships in her final years. Scott Berg provides his own memories of Katharine Hepburn offstage - quiet dinners in her town house in New York City, winter swims (she swam, he watched) in the Long Island Sound at Fenwick, her home in Connecticut, weekend visits with family members and dear friends... even some unusual appearances by the likes of Michael Jackson and Warren Beatty. Finally, Kate Remembered discusses the legendary actress's moving farewell, during which her mighty personality surrendered at last to her failing body - all the while remaining true to her courageous character.
Kate Remembered is a book about love and friendship, family and career, Hollywood and Broadway - all punctuated by unforgettable lessons from an extraordinary life.

Journal Entry 2 by wingmaryzeewing at Taneytown, Maryland USA on Saturday, April 14, 2012
I've heard several times over the years that this is a very good memoir, and I have to agree. Memoirs are one of my favorite genres, and although this isn't your typical memoir (not written by Ms. Hepburn), it is very well done - Kate's reminiscences about her career and public life over the years. She does continue to keep her private life private: there's not a lot of personal info here about her life with Spencer Tracy. But she does perhaps reveal more of herself to an outsider than she ever tended to do. She was always a very private person, keeping to herself and her home(s), letting in only a few close friends and relations.
Berg met Hepburn during the mid-80s, when she was recuperating at her home in Connecticut from a car accident. He first began interviewing her to gain extra insight into a memoir he was doing on Max Perkins, who was a neighbor of hers in New York. Berg was also a fan of Hepburn's and used this excuse to meet the reclusive star. Over time, she grew to trust and confide in him, and although he kept notes and records of their conversations, did not publish this memoir until after her death.
This memoir is a chronicle of old Hollywood and its star system, and it traces Hepburn's life and career to show how she became an independent woman (before such a thing existed), and how she kept her career going through its ups and downs and throughout her entire life.
Highly recommended.

This is going to be loaned to a friend, and then will be reserved for an upcoming non-fiction VBB.

Journal Entry 3 by wingmaryzeewing at Westminster, Maryland USA on Thursday, July 19, 2012

Released 7 yrs ago (7/19/2012 UTC) at Westminster, Maryland USA


I loaned this to a work friend a while ago, and since it hasn't been chosen in 2 rounds of the non-fiction vbb I swapped in another book in its place. So this is (for the time being, anyway) travelling at my friend's house.

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