Career wise, she would have made much more films in the 50s and 60s--during this time Spencer had become ill and she decided to accept only the best of scripts. Consequently, all of her movies from the 50s and 60s are great--not a stinker in the bunch. Had she not, she may have made some less than stellar movies like she did in the 30s. So actually I think that meeting Spencer helped her career.
I doubt that Kate would have remarried after Luddy; she had made up her mind about that before she met Spence. She may have had a few more beaus if it weren't for ST, but she probably would have ended up settling down and concentrating on her career--alone. Kate wasn't cut out for marriage, and Spencer was the one person meant for her.
If Katharine had not met Spencer Tracy we wouldn't have movies like Adam's Rib and Woman of the Year, so I prefer not to think about it.
"Life is hard. After all, it kills you."--Katharine Hepburn
Post by HollywoodHepcat on Dec 17, 2005 20:20:03 GMT -5
Well, here's a no brainer: She wouldn't have found out what LOVE meant! *swoons* Okay, that was mushy. *blushes* ;D
We wouldn't have those 9 Tracy/Hepburn movies. No Adam's Rib?!! Woman of the Year?! P&M?? GWCTD? *GASP*That would be a travesty to the world. That's another no brainer.
She probably would have worked more in the 60s, but that goes without saying because she had to take off to take care of him. Possibly taken better roles in the 40s, too. Or foughten harder for the ones that were turned down by the heads.
Her acting style wouldn't have been as toned down without Spence's influence. He taught her a lot about underplaying. I think just hanging around him, you could have gotten a feel of that. Ah, sweet simplicity!
I started to write that she would have taken more risks or had left the USA earlier, but I'm not sure. 'Cus Ring Lardner had to coax her into doing As You Like It in 1950 and she really spent the bulk of the 50s overseas. I really just don't know. Erg.. Anybody else?
I agree with pretty much everything you guys said. In some ways, not meeting Spencer would have given her more freedom and she would have done more movies during the sixties. . . but like Amber said, she probably wouldn't have found love. In most ways, though, I think meeting Spence was a great thing for her career-wise and life-wise Most of my favorite KH movies include Spencer in them. I think we talked about this already? I remember saying something we wouldn't have WOTY... AR... P&M... GWCTD.
:I never lose sight of the fact that just being is fun: Katharine Houghton Hepburn @-}---------
Oh yes Pat and Mike is one of my favorite Hepburn and Tracy films. And if Spence and Kath hadn't met then I think that Katharine would have been more keen to get more parts but she wanted to take care of Spencer so she didn't. I think it was time well spent, some of my favorite Kath movies were in the time she cared for Spencer. So like what everyone else said, if she hadn't met Spencer then she would never have had a great love of her life, and we never would have had the greatest screen team. So basically it's a win, win situation.
"I was never a member of the feminine club. I never knew what the other girls were talking about"
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