Why is it that apart from the Emmy nominated "Love Among the Ruins", Katharine's TV films are largely ignored or merely lumped togther & dismissed as being works of minor importance? Obviously not every single one is among her greatest work, but I for one really admire her portrayal of Mrs Delafield. Not only does the film have several fascinating themes, but the viewers also get to a see a very personal view of Katharine in later life, quite unlike that shown in any of her other post 1980s work. And at the end when she literally purrs "perfect", it reminds me of the sensuous romantic Kate/Tess in "Woman of the Year" - that she could still do this some 44 years later is absolutely amazing!
I just love Mrs Delefield . Its probably the last romantic film that Katharine ever did and she looks great . And its funny as well as being pretty modern . And Dernholm Elliot is fantasic as the nosy neighbour
The only Kate TV movie I've seen is One Christmas, which was about two weeks ago. I love seeing her at the ripe old age of 87 still doing movies but at the same time it breaks my heart! To know that she is towards the end of her career and her life. Her shaking head and gravelly voice are distracting, too, and I could barely make out what she was saying but I can't help but watch because it's Kate!
:I never lose sight of the fact that just being is fun: Katharine Houghton Hepburn @-}---------
I think she's great fun in "Delafied." Watched it again recently for the first time in a long time....Her speech to her disapproving children alone makes it worth the price of admission....And I also think her Amanda Wingfield is terrific as is the entire production of the TV "Glass Menagerie." Great cast and beautifully shot and directed...."The Corn Is Green" was a very, very good adaptation of the play, and I loved seeing her in those Welsh settings playing a role played by one of her idols - Ethel Barrymore (I have a letter in my collection from Emlyn Williams to George Cukor in which he writes how thrilled he was with their loving recreation of his work)....And then, of course, there was the aforementioned "Love Among the Ruins," which is sublime.
The way I look at the others is that we had two choices: Either we could have said goodbye to her after "Ruins" and she could have faded into a life out of the spotlight as did most of her generation of star OR we could have had the pleasure of her company in, if not great, then certainly nothing-to-be-ashamed-of TV movies. How many actors close to 90 could still have received such fanfare by the networks or such loving care by the group that shepherded her through these? So what's an octogenarean movie star - who hadn't played a supporting part since she was first put on film - to do? TV was the only outlet in which she could still practice her considerable craft. And as she did her entire career, she chose not to go gently. She chose to appear in stories that elevated rather than dumbed down. I, of course, would've wished for better scripts, the absence of which was, I think, far more crucial to the quality of those movies than was her increasing tremor or the vagaris of her voice. I, of course, also did not want to see her grow old. But I wouldn't have given up the opportunity to see her on screen for anything.
Well said Judy, and of course any opportunity to see Kate on screen - big or small - is better than no opportunity at all.
I also liked that scene in Delafield, but for a different reason. I had many of the same feelings as the awful children, when my own Father remarried after my Mother's death, but listening to Kate's speech shamed me into realising how selfish I'd been and how much my Father deserved a second chance at happiness.
The Glass Menagerie was fantastic! I bought it here in New Zealand for $20 which would be about $10 in America I guess. Fantastic. Absolutely great. Kate did Tennessee Williams well. I'd love to have seen her play Blanche Dubois to be honest. Surely Kate could have done wonders with that role. Although...hmm. I dunno. but The glass Menagerie was great! A bit on the glum side, but great.
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Hi Shane, Have to agree with your comment that Kate did Tennessee Williams well. He wanted her to play the New England spinster in "The Night of the Iguana" and she wanted to do the role of Alma Winemiller in "Summer and Smoke" in the film version. She talks about wanting to do SAS on a clip of her discussing Hal Wallis which can be seen on YouTube. Unfortunately, sometimes these things don't happen but I think Kate would have been fantastic in both. I know when I saw the films, my immediate thought was that Kate could/should have played these roles. Fortunately, Deborah Kerr was also a very good choice for Night of the Iguana as was Geraldine Page for Summer and Smoke. I'd have also liked to seen Kate play the part that Deborah Kerr played in the film version of the Robert Anderson play "Tea and Sympathy".
As one goes through life, one learns that if you don't paddle your own canoe, you don't move!
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