For some reason..I like the Anne Edwards book, although I've been told there are some discrepencies. I think I've read that book like 3 times. I also agree with kerrie that Kanin's Tracy and Hepburn is one of my all time favorites. Oh and how could I forget the Charles Highman, "Kate". That was quite good also. peace George
I think some of the reasons that people dislike Anne Edwards are these - her initial biography wasn't that bad - I think Katharine said that it was based mostly on newspaper articles but it was OK . But there were major gaps of knowledge - for example the relationship between Katharine and Luddy .
Then Katharine writes her autobiography and a lot of things become clearer and then there is the Leaming biography . I personally didn't like it but it was obvious in some sections that she had talked to the family even if her interpretation was wrong . For example her analysis of the breakdown of the marriage seems pretty accurate .
Anne Edwards then releases her biography again and makes it more salacious - makes all sorts of allegations and doesn't back them up . Then after Katharine died she came out and make even more claims. So I got the feeling that she was cashing in and she didn't even ackknowledge that she got major stuff wrong . There's nothing worse than a biography making allegations to sell a book - particularly after the person is dead and can't answer back .
I have some interviews with Anne Edwards from 1985 - she was asked about Spencer for example and she said he couldn't have a relationship with a woman that wasn't sexual . I think by that she meant that he did have women friends but that he really liked women . And then in 2003 she basically says that the relationship with Katharine was a cover up .
Yes, Anne Edwards first time around was actually quite good, but after that....... you're quite right Kerrie.
Garson Kanin's book was excellent, as was James Prideaux "Knowing Hepburn..." and I think the 2 complement each other in the way they give an intimate portrayal of Katharine at 2 separate stages of her life. A pity Scott Berg didn't continue in quite the same vein, although his book is interesting enough in its own right. I also quite like Christopher Anderson's "An Affair to Remember", despite the criticism it's received in some quarters.
I think that all biographies written before 1991 are at a disadvantage because once Katharine started writing about herself a lot of stuff became clear ie her real birthday , her marriage . For example Higham stated that Katharine's marriage lasted 6 weeks - simply not true . They were married for about 6 years and yes they lived together like any married couple
Higham interviewed a lot of people who have since died so his material is unique but he is a very poor writer
although it's more like a memoir of his friendship with Kate, i have to say Kate Remembered is my favorite biography. it ties with Me:Stories of My Life. my least favorite goes without saying. darwin porter's katharine the great. i never completely read the anne edwards and barbara leaming biogaphies mostly because i was burnt out on reading biographies. i read almost all of the books on Kate in a matter of weeks... another one of my favorites is The Making of the African Queen:Or How I Went to Africa with Bogart, Bacall and Huston and Almost Lost My Mind. kate is such a genius at writing. i love it.
i also have to make a confession. whenever i see that the birthday is november 1909, i have to cross it out and write the correct one... in library books. defacing public property, yes. BUT it is false information! that's my reasoning.
The best : Katharine's own autobiography and Tracy and Hepburn . Kanin knew them both and he has a great appreciation for Spencer - which is badly lacking in more recent biographers
The worst - avoid Darwin Porter at all costs .
One of the most impressive characteristics of Katharine was her loyalty and ability to stay friends with people even in difficult circumstances . For example some letters are currently up for auction between her and Robert McKnight - he was her college boyfriend who proposed to her - she married Luddy .
In the Porter book she jumps from relationship to relationship - anyway its too stupid to give you the details but avoid it
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