Post by Tracy Lord on Dec 30, 2009 18:45:37 GMT -5
A new biography on Kate by Charlotte Chandler will be in stores March 2010! I’ve read Chandler’s books on Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. They were ok books, I enjoyed the Bette one more. They were basically interviews with a little background history thrown in. So this book should be decent!
Post by CrazyForKate on Dec 30, 2009 18:55:42 GMT -5
Well, the cover looks fine, anyway. It doesn't seem to be one of those "OMG-Kate-was-gay" books.
I wonder if she has anything new to say, or if this is just a relatively harmless retelling of every Kate biography ever. Probably the latter. But if she did interview KH, then I suppose we'll get a nice quote or two from it.
Post by CrazyForKate on Jan 30, 2010 11:25:30 GMT -5
From Barnes and Noble's site:
Despite several career lulls and setbacks, Katharine Hepburn was a new and exciting presence in early American sound films and captured four Oscars in a career spanning six decades. She was notoriously standoffish with reporters and interviewers, but she agreed to a wide-ranging series of talks several decades back with Chandler, whose popular biographies have featured Joan Crawford (Not the Girl Next Door), Ingrid Bergman (Ingrid), and Bette Davis (The Girl Who Walked Home Alone), among others. Hepburn describes her early family life, the trauma of her brother's apparent suicide, her later passionate affairs with notables like Howard Hughes, and her long relationship with Spencer Tracy. Although Chandler doesn't paint an entirely flattering portrait, readers will be entertained and enlightened. VERDICT Chandler avoids much of the excess speculation found in William J. Mann's Kate: The Woman Who Was Hepburn. Though it somewhat neglects Hepburn's extensive stage career and is marred by her repetitious ruminations on her need for independence and aversion to marriage, this still ranks as a first-rate biography. Recommended.—Stephen F. Rees, formerly with Bucks Cty. Free Lib. Syst., PA
Of course, any review must be taken with a grain of salt...but for what it's worth, this doesn't look too bad.
Post by HollywoodHepcat on Jan 31, 2010 0:10:48 GMT -5
For myself, I personally feel like I've got a good grasp on who and what Kate was, as a person [read: life force] and entertainer. I don't need another biography telling me the facts that I've had down since kid-hood. If Kathy or someone wants to write a Kanin-like memoir, then fine, but these aren't for me anymore. If and when Martha thumbs through it and gives it her "OK", then I would recommend a newbie to this... only after Kate's, Kanin's, et al.
I don't mean to sound snobby, or as if I have any insights into her that you all don't already have. Just my .02!
Post by CrazyForKate on Jan 31, 2010 13:20:42 GMT -5
I can see where you're coming from. Personally, I read biographies not to pick up new facts- like you, I have my own idea of who KH was- but to compare and to contrast, and just see what's being written...if that makes sense. Curiosity, really.
Post by gottamatch on Jan 31, 2010 23:13:05 GMT -5
I'll get it if there are new pictures inside and at a decent price. Hey, I'm a student with no money who doesn't have time to read, what can I say!?
My favourite book of any biography I've read has to be Kanins. I could read that again actually, and reading is not my favourite past time. It's probably one of the few I finished and actually re-read parts of to clarify .. fantastic read. If there are any new fans out there, I would assume all of us would recommend that book above others (perhaps people might like Kate's more - understandably, but in my opinion an autobiography will always be a tad more bias than others, all auto's not just Kate's - which is where Kanins is really good, when he's bias, he makes it clear)
Can't wait till someone gets it and writes a review on here! I doubt I'll find it in my local Borders store, they don't seem to get stuff like this in until much later than release dates..
Post by CrazyForKate on Feb 22, 2010 21:30:13 GMT -5
Okay...the amazon preview looks really rotten...who knows, maybe it'll look better in context, but it seems pretty bad at the moment.
1) It's basically written as an extended interview, from what I can see. I mean, it's kind of like a Garson Kanin-esque retelling, taking place in the course of an afternoon or several. You know, because Kate and Charlotte Chandler were obviously bestest chums.
2) It talks a lot about sex...and goes way more in-depth than anything other written...I doubt she would have really disclosed that much to a biographer.
3) It really doesn't feel like KH's voice. Of course I didn't know the woman, but after reading two books by her and many, many quotes, it all seems rather fake. Too modern and too contrived all at once.
KH often did surprising things and I'm only going off a few pages, but...I think this could be one to skip.
Post by charliesgirl7681 on Feb 23, 2010 0:03:25 GMT -5
The author's hairstyle is enough to put me off from reading the book. Does she ever look in a mirror? Sorry I'm being terribly rude but that was creepy!
I agree with you CFK I read the first two- three pages and it felt WAY too candid for Kate. Not her speaking style at all. The details that 'Kate' went into about Tom felt fake. I doubt I'll read it. I like the front and back cover shots though.
Judy: All has changed on the Proboard....Not sure my reply got posted. Anyway, thanks for the notice, Evelien. I'm unable to access it. I can watch the clip of the woman flipping through the Kate books and talking about fashion - one of which is Rebel Chic :-)
Feb 4, 2014 20:29:21 GMT -5
dreamer: Ok peeps have tried to figure this new board - with not much success In order to login - click at the upper right corner - use your name from the board and your password and it should be all right. If not - please let me know and I will try to help!
Jul 29, 2014 7:30:03 GMT -5
Judy: I can enter. But not sure how to post now....Although I have nothing exciting to say, except hello to everyone!
Jul 29, 2014 20:34:38 GMT -5
Sherry: Hello in return.
Jul 31, 2014 10:40:25 GMT -5
HollywoodHepcat: Awww, hiiii!! I'm randomly here in hope of sourcing a quote of Kate's about Joel Mccrea-- coming up short, though. Ah well, hope everyone is well!! FINALLY A RED AND WHITE BANNER. TOOK 8 YEARS, BUT... WE MADE IT.
Aug 5, 2014 20:43:01 GMT -5
Tracy Lord: Just wanted to say a big HEY to everyone! I would love it if this board was active like it once was. I've missed it!
Aug 6, 2014 17:23:36 GMT -5
evelien: Hi everyone, hope you're all fine. I'm still alive and kicking and still as big a KH fan.
Aug 12, 2014 12:09:24 GMT -5
evelien: Judy: to reply to an existing thread, you can post a message in the 'quick reply' box under the last post on the page. To create a new thread: click on the folder you wish to post a new thread in and on the top right side you can choose 'New thread'.
Aug 12, 2014 12:11:39 GMT -5
CFK: So we all heard about Betty Bacall, I guess? Pretty rotten news, especially following so closely on Robin Williams. What a lousy week. Watched To Have and Have Not as tribute tonight.
Aug 13, 2014 0:25:58 GMT -5
HollywoodHepcat: Oh my God. Betty. My heart's in my throat.
Aug 13, 2014 5:45:59 GMT -5
lomola : hello fellow KH fans Just stumbled upon this interesting board.. Does anyone have any video interviews with KH?? Or maybe transcripts of them? I´ve been especially looking for the full version of the famous Cavett one forever and ever...
Sept 15, 2014 16:06:41 GMT -5
lomola : the bits of it i found on youtube were just amazing..
Sept 15, 2014 16:07:35 GMT -5
Laura: Is there anybody here? My registration has been pending approval forever... Maybe this board has been abandonned by the owner..
Dec 15, 2014 3:40:49 GMT -5
Fran: I think the problem with actresses such as Bette Davis and Joan Crawford was that they played SEX SYMBOLS and did woman movies. They were sexy in their day and were the main love interests in the movie. When they got older those woman type movies were dead
Jun 26, 2017 16:56:41 GMT -5
Fran: Bette Davis made very different movies from Katherine Hepburn Hepburn. Bette was sexy. So was Crawford. They made woman type movies. Hepburn was the masculine feminist. When their looks went, so did their careers. Hepburn was never that type.
Jun 26, 2017 16:57:53 GMT -5
Angela: Personally, I like Bette Davis best she was "a woman for all season" she didn't mince words she did the role without having to apologize for creativity she musters to do the work. Also, she could look different without worrying about her appearance.
Mar 14, 2019 19:54:07 GMT -5
Angela: Personally, I felt Bette Davis was the "woman for all seasons" since she used all her creativity to make her artwork. As for Katherine she seems to sound the same - her voice didn't change. Granted she was good in Shakespeare which I give credit.
Mar 14, 2019 19:56:35 GMT -5
SJS: Bette had a mostly latent tendency to ham, and she admitted it. She really appreciated a director who could get her to tone it down. She lost respect for a director who would let her get away with it. But she took chances that most actresses wouldn't.
Apr 15, 2020 14:12:32 GMT -5