Today Kate was elected to the newly established CT Hall of Fame. She was inducted along with Igor Sikorsky and Mark Twain which means she is the first female inductee. Her brother-in-law Ellsworth Grant accepted the award.
You can read about it and see a video at the following site:
Kate and her mother were both previously elected to the CT Women's Hall of Fame so this makes her the ONLY member of both halls of fame in a state that has produced a large number of noteworthy people over the centuries.
Great day for fans of Kate to feel proud of one more honor for her.
As one goes through life, one learns that if you don't paddle your own canoe, you don't move!
If all goes according to plan,there will soon be a state-of-the-art theater smack dab in the middle of Old Saybrook on Main street named after legendary actress Katharine Hepburn. It will be located in the stately old Town Hall. It was actually built in 1910 as a theater.
As Old Saybrook grew thru the years,the town's offices went inside the building and it was no longer used as a "hall." In 2004 offices were moved again to a new facility right behind the "hall" and the decision was made to give new life to the Town Hall.
Katharine Hepburn's family and the executors of her estate gave their blessings to use Hepburn's name and that has catapulted this project beyond anyone's dreams. There are a host of Hollywood stars behind this theater.
The bids are now in on the project...it will go to a townwide referendum and if all goes well, the 268-seat will become reality in 2008.
The town hopes this will draw theater groups from far and wide...many local troupes and some from New York are chomping at the bit to get into the Theater.
It will be an economic boon to the town...and it will provide so much for the state. It's the hope of those putting the project together that this facility will be home to concerts, educational programs for children... parties...wedding receptions...you name it.
The building will be listed on the state's registry of Historic Places...and the push is on to get it on the National Registry as well.
Hepburn's summer home was in the Old Saybrook borough of Fenwick...she started coming to the family home on Long Island Sound in 1913. She always retreated there from the bright lights of Hollywood and brought many of her 'love" interests there...Howard Hughes even landed his seaplane there when he was courting her. Spencer Tracey was in Fenwick many times...and the list goes on and on.
On Thursday night at 11:00 on News Channel 8 we will have a special report on this...I invite you to stay tuned for that.
Transcript The Katharine Hepburn Theatre by News Channel 8's Ann Nyberg Posted Feb. 22, 2007 10:12 PM
(Old Saybrook-WTNH) _ Legendary screen actress Katherine Hepburn called Connecticut home for nearly 100 years. Though the four-time Academy Award winning actress died nearly four years ago her legacy goes on. In Old Saybrook, where Hepburn called home, there will be a theater named in her honor.
"Here in Old Saybrook she really didn't want to bring attention to herself, as this was her retreat," Walter Hirsch said.
Hirsch is chairing a group of proud Old Saybrook residents charged with turning the old town hall into the Katharine Hepburn Theater. Their mission is clear -- stay motivated and focused, raise money and have fun.
"How did Kate's name get attached to this?" "That's an interesting thing ... we just thought why not."
The town historian and secretary Elaine Staplins said the theater should be named after Hepburn. The family and executors gave their blessings and that catapulted the project into the heavens and brought out the stars.
"Spencer Tracey's daughter Susie, who goes by Susie not Susan, Mark Rydell, who directed her on "On Golden Pond," Anthony Harvey, who directed her in "Lion And Winter," Katharine Kramer, the daughter of Stanley Kramer, who directed her in "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," Morley Safer, Dominic Dunne," Staplins said.
You get the picture and so does the town. This old building is taking on a life of its own.
The town hall built in 1910 was originally a hall which included a theater, but as the town grew it housed town offices. In 2004 when offices were moved into another facility the town decided to give the old town hall new life.
The building was cleared out and remarkable discoveries were made.
"They kept the balcony, they kept all the plaster, all the cornice work," Tom MacDonald from East Wharf Architects said. "When we walked up there it was amazing.
"This is where you paid for your ticket. It was just amazing, yes, that this was still here. I mean, the vaulted ceiling is still here."
The theater will be a multi-faceted jewel on the shoreline. Vice chairman Wilma Asch says there will be "music, theater, dance, films, parties, exhibits, children's theater, wedding receptions."
Hepburn called nearby Fenwick her paradise and told strangers who wanted to get close to "go away." The actress, who starred opposite such greats as Jimmy Stewart, Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart, Henry Fonda and Spencer Tracy, was respected for her feistiness.
Hepburn loved her Fenwick home. A famed New York builder and his wife now own the place. They treasure its rich history. While redone inside the exterior is preserved.
It's been raised six feet to keep it away from a stormy Long Island Sound, in which Hepburn swam every chance she got.
When the lights come up for the first time in the new 268-seat theater, it will be a proud moment for those who made it happen. What would Hepburn think? We already know.
"What's that quote that she has -- if you live long enough you're revered like an old building," Asch said.
On Wednesday, Hepburn was inducted into Connecticut's Hall of Fame as it's first recipient.
If all goes well The Katharine Hepburn Theater will open in the summer of 2008. Soon it will be listed on the state Registery of Historic Places and it's expected to make the national registry as well.
If you would like more information about the theater visit http://http://katharinehepburntheater.org.
Legislators and those accepting on behalf of the first Connecticut Hall of Fame awards inductees from left to right: Representative Michael Caron; Representative Elizabeth "Betty" Boukus; accepting for Katherine Hepburn, Ellsworth Grant, brother in law to Katherine Hepburn; accepting for Mark Twain, Debra Petke, the chief curator of the Mark Twain House and Museum; accepting for Igor Sikorsky, Nikolai Sikorsky and Igor Sikorsky, Jr., the sons of Sikorsky; Senator Joseph Crisco, Senator Martin Looney. (February 21, 2007).
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