Post by HollywoodHepcat on Dec 7, 2005 17:26:36 GMT -5
During a time when both her father and Spencer were sick, she stayed with one for one week and then flew across country to be with the other for another week.
Now that is devotion, right there. I think if there was anyone in the world who came the closest to being in two places at once, it was Kate.
We all know this, but what she did for Judy Holliday and giving her that whole scene in AR, when Amanda questions her to use as a dummy screen test was brilliant. Of course, there were lots of times that Kate would willingly suggest close-ups be done of her co-stars. Totally unselfish and not egocentric at all.
And if you were her friend-she had your back. Like when she took care of Vivien Leigh when her TB was getting the best of her.
Well, she helped a lot of people on her/their way – she never forgot the people who helped her when she started out. That is among one of the tings that I admire her for – not forgetting.
Using the part for Judy Holliday in Adam’s Rib as a screen test
Sally Lapiduss was the assistant Stage Manager at "West Side Waltz" and later became Kate’s assistance and the unit publicist at "Grace Quigley" – she is one of the writers of "Rosanne" and "Ellen"
Judy Garland – but sadly didn’t succeed. In Lion of Hollywood: "That Mayer thought that since the doctors and pscychiatrists weren't helping her, maybe a god talk with a sensible person, someone who commanded respect, might have some impact. Mayer thought of the most sensible person on the lot: Katharine Hepburn."
In "Me" she refers to William Rose, the girl on the road with the punctured tire and the girl who gave her her custume for "The Czarina". She even remembered it at Cavett.
Sarah Standing – a teenager in love-struggle
Spencer Tracy in reassuring him all along - that can be a great deal of work even if you love someone
As well as many, many others
Making films she didn't have the star thing she semed greatfull to be there (she knew who she was) the importent thing for her was the movie that they were about to make and that if the others would shine then she would as well. It was important to her that everybody got along on the set - does anybody understand what I trying to say - mean the Sidney Portier thing were he couldn't act infront of Spencer, who he admired so much
Find the ending of the chapter with the punctured tire just wonderfull - the one about the gentleman
And that said by someone who called herself selfish
"The time to make up your mind about people is never." ~ Tracy Lord
Visited the Judy Holliday homepage today and found following, which I would like to share with you:
From "Hollywood Studio" magazine October, 1981
Judy Holliday was able to become a movie star almost instantly, largely thanks to Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, who conspired to have her hired to play the blonde accused of murder in their Adam's Rib, in which Kate played a lawyer defending a female client. It took a lot of convincing, but it paid off, for Harry Cohn then cast Judy in the lead in Born Yesterday, even though she wasn't a box-office name. Yet. The rest is history.
Over at MGM Studios, George Cukor and Garson Kanin were set to start production on the courtroom comedy Adam's Rib, starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. All four were big fans of Judy's work in Born Yesterday and felt that they needed to do something to open Cohn's eyes to the obvious. Kanin expanded the supporting character of Doris Attinger, a housewife and mother accused of attempting to murder her philandering husband, Warren. Cukor tried to entice Judy to accept the role, but she declined because Doris was supposed to be portrayed as dowdy and frumpy, everything Cohn thought Judy Holliday was in real life. Despite Cukor's assurances that by the end of the film, the character would have a very flattering look and a big scene for her to display her comedic talents, Judy remained unconvinced. It took a personal visit from Hepburn and Tracy to get Judy to change her mind and accept the role. From that moment on, Katharine Hepburn became Judy Holliday's ambassador and advocate. She insisted that Judy be shot from the more flattering angle in one scene and she played their big courtroom scene mostly with her back to the camera to give Judy more face time. It was a lesson in generosity that Judy never forgot and kindly did likewise for others later in her career. Hepburn was not even close to being done though. She instructed the MGM press agents to plant gossip items in the press about how great Judy was doing and how she was "stealing" the picture from both Hepburn and Tracy. Hepburn knew Cohn would see these glowing reports and that he might relent, but she went one step further just to be sure. She sent word to Cohn that if he had ever hoped to use her services in a Columbia film someday, he'd better give serious consideration to Judy Holliday for the part of Billie Dawn.
As Judy was preparing to leave California, she received word that Cohn had hurriedly arranged a screen test for her. Judy arrived at Columbia's studios wearing a dress that she had borrowed from Katharine Hepburn.
It seemed that Harry Cohn was just about the only person in Hollywood who couldn't picture Judy in the role, but a plan was in the works to change that. Director George Cukor had already been signed to direct Born Yesterday, but first he was scheduled to direct Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy in the MGM film Adam's Rib. With the help of the two stars and writers Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon, they built up a supporting part in the film just for Judy. This role was to serve as an elaborate screen test, a test that MGM rival Cohn could not ignore. With a little coaxing from the star couple, Judy accepted the supporting role of "Doris Attinger" in the film. Doris is a New York housewife who is put on trial for shooting her philandering husband (played by Tom Ewell). As the film's production continued, the press was being spoon-fed reports about Judy's incredible performance and her ability to hold her own with big screen heavyweights like Hepburn and Tracy. Before Adam's Rib was even completed, Harry Cohn acquiesced and announced that Judy Holliday would play Billie Dawn in the film version of Born Yesterday.
From "The Saturday Evening Post" December 31, 1955
Judy Holliday was still in a low frame of mind when Garson Kanin, George Cukor and Katharine Hepburn suggested that she appear in Adam's Rib, a film story Kanin had written as a co-starring vehicle for Hepburn and Spencer Tracy.
This part of the Holliday story I got from Katharine Hepburn in her New York home. She made me strong hot tea, handed me a cup and told me, "Gar wrote the part of the canny but thickheaded Hausfrau in Adam's Rib for Judy, hoping she would do it. But at first she thought the part was too small. She had been a big, big star in Born Yesterday."
Hepburn is reluctant to take credit for persuading Judy to take the Adam's Rib role, but I heard elsewhere that she, Tracy and Kanin had sold Judy on the notion. During the shooting of the picture rumors of the phenomenal nature of Judy's work began to "leak" out. The source of the leak became apparent when Miss Hepburn allowed herself to be interviewed by the press. "This Holliday girl is stealing the picture," she announced. "She is running away with my scenes." Harry Cohn, Columbia's president, hadn't thought Judy photogenic enough for Born Yesterday, but presently he asked if he could see some of the shots Cukor was making of her. Many of the scenes in Adam's Rib were filmed with stark newsreel reality, but there were also shots that glamorized Judy. Katharine Hepburn saw to it that Cohn was only shown this glamourous footage.
Katharine Hepburn: "Judy is one of the people I miss the most, of all my friends who have passed away in the near or distant past. Her death affected me deeply; I felt as though she was a sister to me, though we weren't terribly close. But when we talked, it was so comfortable, so amusing in a lovely sort of way - I just loved her. I'm sorry we didn't work together another time."
Post by CrazyForKate on Oct 19, 2009 18:16:10 GMT -5
Not to mention the letter she wrote Lauren Bacall after the Tonys (when Bacall won and KH was nominated), along with a gift of a self-portrait. It can be found in "By Myself and Then Some", I believe. So sweet.
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