Interviews with Stanley Kramer, Sydney Poitier, Katharine Houghton and of course Spencer and Kate.
Sounds very interesting – have some of you read it / or can recommend it?
In a word: Yes. The author wrote a magazine article on the set of GWCTD and expanded it to book form. It may read differently now because since it was published, Kate gave quite a few interviews and most of you are probably used to hearing/reading them. But when THIS book came out, I don't remember the exact date (I'm at work and can't grab it from my bookshelf), but I was probably somewhere between 14 and 17 years old. GWCTD was a real media event because of the fact that it was another Tracy/Hepburn film - in addition, of course, to the subject matter.
But chiefly, the buzz was all about T&H. And so much promotion was done for the film, including the magazine article from whence came this book. This was sort of unprecedented for her and certainly more so for him. I didn't know about the book when it was first published but found it a couple of years later in a used bookstore in Berkeley, Calif., while visiting my sister who was at school there. I remember climbing through the stacks looking for movie books - I was then immersing myself in everything old Hollywood - just like you all are now. And I can still remember how excited I was to find this. I'd never heard of it before - and with Garson Kanin's book so recently published and Kate all of a sudden making movies again, she was very much in vogue again but still not giving all that many interviews (this was before the Cavett show). So it was a treat to find it.
But enough about me....The book is a series of individual interviews with each of the principals. Kate's interview is, natch, the longest - cause that woman could talk. The unique aspect of the book is that it also, of course, includes a Spencer interview, which was rarer than rare. We've heard much of the stuff discussed since then, so it may be old news to some of you. But back then it was like finding gold for a Kate fan like me. And still quite worth owning.
Anyway, even if there was no type on the pages, the book is worth it just to have a book on your shelves with that sensational photo. So if you can find it at a reasonable price, my advice would be to buy it. It's a must have for anyone interested in her/them.
Post by CrazyForKate on Dec 18, 2009 20:40:43 GMT -5
Just got it yesterday. What a lovely book. The Kate interview was terrific, as was ST's. Even though, as Judy said, most of it has been repeated later on, it doesn't matter. Very enjoyable. And you really notice how KH's mind works, all those random thoughts thrown together- lol.
The other three interviews were good also. You gotta love Sidney Poitier.
And how wonderful would it be to be Roy Newquist and interview them all!
I ordered this book a while ago and it finally arrived today. I've read some bits here and there and it looks really interesting. Thanks for recommending it. And you're absolutely right, Judy, it's worth having for that beautiful cover.
She was a woman of all generations and all seasons. - Karen Kramer
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