What sort of Mother do you think Kate would have been, had she had children? I know she claimed she wouldn't have had the time or patience for them, but she seemed to have a pretty good relationship with children, whether in real life or on screen.
She could be quite maternal with her younger sisters and nieces & nephews and always seemed concerned about and up-to-date with their progress. She reacted well with the little boy in Summertime and the kids in Olly Olly Oxen Free, talked commonsense into her children in Delafield and On Golden Pond. Admittedly, the mothers she played in Suddenly Last Summer and The Lioin in Winter were far from loving (!), but do you really think she'd have treated her own kids like the one she briefly adopted in Woman of the Year?
Contrary to what Katharine says I think she would have been a wonderful mother. I think that if she had a child mid-career, her career wouldn't have spanned as long as it did. She was such a surprisingly caring person that I am sure if she had a baby she wouldn't suffocate it mid-cry because she had to be somewhere else I think maybe she would have raised her child similar to the way she was raised, with freedom, encouragement but with more discipline. I remember her saying once she was raised without any discipline which is amazing being the disciplined person she was, but she also thought children needed discipline. Wasn't she a little insane in Suddenly, Last Summer? Not sure that is a good comparison. You would think that she might have some of the same maternal problems as she did in Woman of the Year since she was so caught up in her own life but in her real life, she was always surrounded by children. I'm sure she would know not to leave one of them home alone... she did have common sense.
:I never lose sight of the fact that just being is fun: Katharine Houghton Hepburn @-}---------
Would like to share this with you guy's - not aware of how many of you have read Kanin's book. In his book Irene's son Jeff tells a story from a summer at Fenwick. Reading it, wouldn't you just have loved being one of the children there for a summer ?
"Jeff Selznick has a memory of adventure at the place:
"Kate, I guess was the first girl I was ever in love with. I didn’t seem strange to be because she never treated me as though I were young and she were older. There wasn’t any of that adult-child nonsense. I was a boy and she was a girl and even though I don’t think anybody could say I’d lived a sheltered live, I sure had never run into anything like her. Once I was visiting Fenwick and we went out in a twenty-two-foot boat. There was Kathy Grant and one for the other nieces and we were going along fine, and don’t ask me how it happened, but all of a sudden we lost the motor. I mean it just fell overboard. So I sat there looking down and the next thing you know, Kate dove right in. We were scare to death and kept yelling at her that we were in the marshes and that is was dangerous and please cut it out, but she kept diving over and over, getting madder and madder. She couldn’t find it, so she got a fix on exactly where we were and the next day she got us all to go back there. Well, no. Not the girls. She got her brother, Richard and me, and we went back to the spot and she supervised the whole operation and got Dick and me to dive down, looking for the motor. I was terrified but since she’d done it the day before it would’ve seemed sissy not to. After a while Dick found it, but he couldn’t raise it. About this time, I was exhausted-breathing hard and gasping. She pulled me back into the boat. Dick was saying, “The hell with it.” You know what she did? She pulled the anchor. Next thing you know, she’d hooked it. She started to pull on it and yelled for help, and we all pulled on it an pulled. All of a sudden, we had the goddam motor back in the boat! “It means a lot to a kid growing up, hanging around with a dame like that.”"
From Tracy and Hepburn by Kanin
"The time to make up your mind about people is never." ~ Tracy Lord
I think she would of been a great mom but she choose not to be which I have always respected. She knew herself and what she wanted and she got it by God! I think her kids were her nieces and nephews. She often said that. I respected that she knew you cannot do it all. She was the type of lady that gave something her all and probably felt she would never be able to give her career 100% if she had kids.
Post by CrazyForKate on Mar 29, 2010 12:41:31 GMT -5
Presumably strange and redheaded.
I just got a cool interview with KH (the Ladies' Home Journal Oct 1991) where she's pretty candid about the whole not-having-children thing (and a lot of other stuff). Basically, more of the stuff she said in "Me" (thought she was too selfish, etc), but clarified a bit further. Enough to make me wonder if it's reliable...but surely if it was outrageously wrong she would have said something? I know some of you have read it and could judge it better...but it's a really good article anyway. She's incredibly adorable.
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