I saw on a few websites that Katharine is credited as Katherine Burns does anyone know why? I've never heard her mention about calling herself this, was it Kate or did someone just make a typo.
Many sites carry the info. that Kate appeared in Night Hostess on Broadway under the stage name of Katherine Burns. Indeed she appeared in the play out of town but she claimed that she got a better job and came back to New York before the show arrived here. So she always claimed Katherine Burns was NOT her. Many have insisted that she was NOT telling the truth, but I find it an odd thing to have wanted to lie about, so I tend to believe her. At least I believe that though the name Katherine Burns appears in the cast list of the Broadway production of Night Hostess, it was not her...and it was. Sound contradictory?...Here's how I came to that conclusion....Stay with me here...
Point 1: Here are some times/dates for you, all in 1928:
The Big Pond - Great Neck, late summer of 1928 Night Hostess - Broadway production, September 12-December These Days- Previewed in Hartford Oct 25-27, performances began on Broadway on November 12 and closed sometime in November.
Kate appeared in Great Neck in The Big Pond. She was fired from that and her next documented appearance was in what is referred to as her Broadway debut in These Days. In both productions, she used her real name.
Point 2: In ME, Kate writes that she went directly from being fired in The Big Pond into rehearsals for These Days.
Things MAY have been done differently in those days, but to support her claim, it seems unlikely that she would have had time to rehearse and appear in Night Hostess (Sept) in between having been fired from The Big Pond (in late summer) and going into rehearsal for the pre-Broadway previews of These Days (October).
Point 3: I have a 1991 letter in my collection, in which responded to someone who had questioned her about it: "I think that's the only time I used that name." She didn't elaborate. On the face of it, this would SEEM to contradict what she wrote in MEand everything I've just written above. But it really doesn't if looked at this way - see conclusion below
Conclusion: The theory was posed to me by someone in a position to know that she may have used the Katherine Burns pseudonym for Night Hostess because she had signed both that contract and the one for The Big Pond in order to hedge her bets and make sure she had a job - and then broke her Night Hostess contract.
In other words, she was hired for Night Hostess, probably hired to come to Broadway when it came in from out of town. She then gets The Big Pond and decamps from Night Hostess. She's in the embarrassing position of having committed herself to both shows. So the programs go to press - listing the long forgotten Katherine Burns - but Katharine Hepburn never actually acts in it because she has taken the part in The Big Pond. She then gets fired from The Big Pond in late summer and goes into rehearsals for These Days shortly thereafter.
Who knows? Maybe she DID make a brief appearance in Night Hostess on Broadway in order to satisfy her contractual obligation but used the name so her own would not go on record. BUT she claimed she did not appear in it and the fact that the timing just wasn't right is probably the most convincing evidence that she COULDN'T have appeared in it.
So, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, my conclusion - arrived at from her own writing in ME, from the standpoint of logistics (that the time frame between the three shows doesn't jibe) and from her comment in that letter that the name was actually used - if all this is true, I submit that BOTH things are true - that she was listed in the cast when the programs went to press AND that she never actually appeared in the play on Broadway.
Did I lose you? . . . Who said Kate Hepburn wasn't complicated.
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