I am a big fan of Katherine Hepburn, 1907-2003, a woman I admire for being ahead of her time and for her strength--no shrinking violet. She did things her way, including her lifelong partnership with Spencer Tracy. This is the first book that she wrote and it reads quickly, but like being in direct conversation with her, listening as she shares her views. I found this delight at our book sale.
One of the best books about her is Kate Remembered, by Scott Berg which I reviewed and posted on my other blog in 2010. Here is the link and it is the last of the reviews posted that date so you have to scroll along. http://patonlinenewtime.blogspot.com/2010/08/catch-up-post-on-recent-reads.html
|Kate photo from back jacket cover|
Her introductory page, "I've never written a diary--well, I mean, put down dreary things like when did my eye start twitching? when did it stop? --well, you know, things the doctor asks you and you"ve always forgotten them because they are really fundamentally dull....then when you've lived as long as I have, you usually wish that you had kept one because you can't remember the plot of many of the movies you've made--or the plays--really not anything about them or who or why. But there are some happenings you can't forget...."
|Kate and Bogie on the set|
No experience from being drenched in equatorial downpours to having to raise the Queen from the murky mud of the river when it sinks, to the outhouse treks, diminishes her enthusiasm. She does share that she is looking back and with time we lose the bad memories (if we are wise) and remember only the good. repeatedly she comments that making this film was "great fun." She had the attitude of perseverance and a get on with it outlook. That served her as well in this adventure as the rest of her life.
This book is 5 ***** Very entertaining and a quick read.