Ms. Hepburn was all made up and waiting for my father on the front steps of the house in which we were filming. She had a twinkle in her eye and we could tell she was hiding something behind her back. As soon as Dad arrived, she walked up to him and said, “Here, Hank. This was Spence’s favorite hat. I want you to have it for this film.” Dad was clearly moved by this gesture from his leading lady, as were we all. In the course of the film he wore three different hats and Spencer Tracy’s was one of them.
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[Pictured: Henry Fonda, wearing Spencer Tracy’s hat, and Katharine Hepburn in On Golden Pond.]
Katharine Hepburn and Henry Fonda between takes on the set of On Golden Pond.
Photo by Mary Ellen Mark