Katharine Hepburn in The Lake, 1933
Katharine Hepburn (pre-Hollywood, ca. 1929).
It’s 1183 and we’re barbarians. How clear we make it. Oh, my piglets, we are the origins of war. Not history’s forces nor the times nor justice nor the lack of it nor causes nor religions nor ideas nor kinds of government nor any other thing. We are the killers. We breed wars. We carry it, like syphilis, inside. Dead bodies rot in field and stream because the living ones are rotten. For the love of God, can’t we love one another just a little? That’s how peace begins. We have so much to love each other for. We have such possibilities, my children. We could change the world.
“Kate never said ‘That will do’. She does not settle for less. She goes on deepening, refining, improving each role she plays, including the role she plays in daily life: Katharine Hepburn. That is why she has been able to produce and perfect the finest Katharine Hepburn in the world.” ~ Garson Kanin
The Millionairess (1952)
Kate is a playwright’s dream actress. She makes dialogue sound better than it is by a matchless beauty and clarity of diction, and by a fineness of intelligence and sensibility that illuminates every shade of meaning in every line she speaks. She invests every scene, each “bit”, with the intuition of an artist born into her art.
Katharine Hepburn as Tracy Lord in The Philadelphia Story, 1940
Katharine Hepburn won her third Academy Award for the movie “The Lion In Winter”, in 1969. Beside the fact that it was shared with Barbra Streisand for “Funny Girl”, the Award was very significant for cinema history, as Hepburn became the first performer to win three Oscars. She would go on to beat her own record when she took home the statuette for “On Golden Pond” in 1982. This record is unlikely to ever be equaled, let alone surpassed.
Katharine Hepburn in Woman of the Year (1942).
Katharine Hepburn at the Festival Theatre in Stratford, Connecticut, in 1957, where she played The Merchant of Venice and Much Ado About Nothing.