Katharine Hepburn : the untold story

by Parish, James Robert.

Format: Print Book 2005
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction PN2287.H45 P37 2005
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  PN2287.H45 P37 2005
During the life of this star of the screen and icon to thousands, one subject remained taboo despite her well-known forthrightness and often painful honesty. Was Katherine Hepburn a lesbian? This biography directly addresses and documents the numerous accounts of Hepburn's lesbian affairs, including her relationships with Laura Harding, Jane Loring, Elissa Landi, Phyllis Wilbourn and others. In addition it provides a re-examination of the star's noted 'love affair' with Howard Hughes and her relationship with Spencer Tracy. Truly eye-opening.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "A. Scott Berg's best-selling memoir Kate Remembered, 0 published in 2003, contained veiled hints about Hepburn's bisexuality. This book goes a lot further. In fact, it's really a psychosexual biography, which examines Hepburn's life from the perspective of her love affairs. Naturally, this is all very spicy and almost compulsively readable, but Parish never quite proves his premise: Hepburn's relationship with alcoholic Spencer Tracy was never what it was portrayed as being. (Tracy, too, is labeled as bisexual without much proof.) Almost everyone in the book is introduced by his or her presumed sexual orientation--usually gay or bi--and, throughout, Parish has an unfortunate habit of making pronouncements unbacked by facts and in disregard of what Hepburn herself writes or says. For instance, he avers that losing the part of Scarlett O'Hara was "a deep disappointment," even though Hepburn continually told people (as late as 1991) that she didn't think she was right for the part. Parish also theorizes that "Hepburn's often juvenile servitude to Tracy satisfied displaced aspects of her abiding love for her emotionally remote, demanding father." Well, maybe. But Hepburn was smart enough not to leave any proof behind. --Ilene Cooper Copyright 2005 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "One of the most singular performers of the 20th century, Hepburn was known as a no-nonsense woman who flouted the rules of stardom. Yet Parish, author of several celebrity bios (of Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O'Donnell, Gus Van Sant and others), believes Hepburn's "mannish attitudes, attire, and manners were far more indicative of her sexual nature than a reflection of her role as a pioneering feminist." According to the author, Hepburn's offstage image as a frank, plainspeaking woman was a sham, a role she adopted to deflect accusations of being a lesbian. The case, which Parish builds on gossip and hearsay, suggests her love affairs with men were business maneuvers or publicity stunts. Her relationships with Howard Hughes, John Ford and Spencer Tracey were more platonic than physical, Parish insists, since these men were ambivalent about their own sexual preferences. Despite claims of a great love affair with Tracey, "Kate never remembered Spencer ever saying specifically he loved her." Conversely, Parish speculates Hepburn had romantic liaisons with Broadway producer Irene Selznick and socialite Laura Harding. Though some readers may find Parish's use of terms like "maiden women" and "spinsters" problematic, his probing biography will pique the interest of Hepburn addicts. 30 b&w photos. Agent, Stuart Bernstein. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Series Advocate life stories.
Subjects Hepburn, Katharine, -- 1907-2003.
Motion picture actors and actresses -- United States -- Biography.
Publisher New York :Advocate Books,2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description xiv, 328 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes filmography (pages 300-305), bibliographical references (pages 306-316) and index.
ISBN 155583891X
1555839428 (pbk.)
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