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August 3, 1988
Katharine Hepburn will star as herself in an ABC miniseries she has written about her life. According to the network, Hepburn's story involves her "long-term working relationship with the woman who has been her assistant, traveling companion and companion through good times and bad." The Schaefer/Karpf/Eckstein production will be directed by the actress's longtime professional associate George Schaefer.
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November 21, 2012
Perhaps nothing personifies Hollywood glamour quite like sunglasses, and "50 Shades" (Reel Art Press, $29.95) by Lauren Goldstein Crowe features 50 of the century's icons in the coolest of frames. Steve McQueen, Diana Ross, Bob Dylan, Audrey Hepburn and more are included, alongside quotes that reveal something about the celebrity hiding behind the shades. "Hollywood Unseen" (ACC Editions, $75) by Robert Dance is a tribute to the studio portraits, both wonderful and weird, taken in the golden age of Hollywood.
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June 24, 2010 | By Kevin Thomas, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Over a long career, biographer Charlotte Chandler has persuaded Groucho Marx, Billy Wilder, Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Ingrid Bergman, Mae West, Federico Fellini and Alfred Hitchcock to speak revealingly and at length about themselves for her tape recorder. Chandler also befriended such illustrious directors as Fritz Lang, Michelangelo Antonioni and George Cukor. It was through Cukor that Chandler was able to pull off her greatest coup: His endorsement made it possible for her to win the trust of the notoriously private Katharine Hepburn, who died in 2003 at 96. Chandler spent many years, starting in the 1970s, getting Hepburn to talk.
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October 19, 2012
The long-awaited movie museum in Hollywood moved another step closer to fruition with the announcement Thursday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that it has raised $100 million in its goal to generate $250 million toward the new institution. The academy also unveiled its vision for the museum, slated to open in 2016, by architects Renzo Piano and Zoltan Pali, which will include the restoration of the old May Co. building located on Wilshire and Fairfax. The architects said they intend to construct a "spherical glass addition" to the back of the original building that will house a state-of-the-art theater and will replace an extension made to the structure in 1946.
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September 26, 2011
Irene Dunne The actress-singer of "The Awful Truth" fame played Tracy's character's gal pal in the 1943 romantic fantasy "A Guy Named Joe. " Lana Turner The "Sweater Girl" appeared with Tracy in 1941's "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" and 1947's "Cass Timberlane. " Jean Harlow The sassy blond bombshell teamed with Tracy for 1931's "Goldie" and 1936's "Libeled Lady. "
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February 28, 2005 | Rachel Abramowitz, Times Staff Writer
Four-time Oscar winner Katharine Hepburn picked up a posthumous tribute last night when Australian Cate Blanchett won the Oscar for best supporting actress for her performance as the screen legend in "The Aviator." Her nervy performance divided critics, but the 5,808 members of the academy applauded her assumption of Hepburn's famous lock jaw, her long stride, her air of independence. The film details Hepburn's love affair with aviation and film tycoon Howard Hughes, played by Leonardo DiCaprio.
BOOKS
September 22, 1991 | Alex Raksin
Wanting more than our performing artists can express in the medium they have chosen, we try to entice words out of them. But as is evident in this autobiography, coaxed out of a publicity-shy superstar for a reported $4.5 million, the mere fact that these artists are fluent in one medium does not mean they will be so in another. Take the photo here of Hepburn after the death of the man we all watched her fall in love with: Spencer Tracy.
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September 26, 2011 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
According to James Curtis, author of the new 1,056-page "Spencer Tracy: A Biography," it could have been actress Loretta Young who became the love of Tracy's life, not Katharine Hepburn, his partner for 26 years with whom he made nine films. Tracy and Young, both Catholics, began their romance while working together on the 1933 Depression-era drama "A Man's Castle. " Though Tracy was married to Louise Treadwell, the illicit pair would go to Mass and confessions together. "I think they were drawn together because of the shared bond of faith," said Curtis, who spent six years on the book, drawing from Tracy's own papers and obtaining the cooperation of the actor's daughter, Susie Tracy.
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July 1, 2003 | Mary McNamara, Times Staff Writer
It will take more than death to put Katharine Hepburn into the past tense. It's been years since she starred in any film, granted an interview or even been photographed, but say her name and there she is, in the collective mind's eye, just as she was when she played Tracy Lord, Mary Tyrone or even Eleanor of Aquitaine. That relentless right angle of a jaw, those expressive eyebrows, the simple unending length of her, limber even in "On Golden Pond," which she made when she was 73.
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December 3, 1992 | ROBERT EPSTEIN
For James Prideaux, Sunday night signals a symbolic write of passage. The time when great actresses walked the Earth seems to be ending as Katharine Hepburn plays what some have said is her final role in the CBS Sunday night movie "The Man Upstairs," written and co-produced by Prideaux. Here we have another of those generational things, one in which the Hepburn leading ladies of this world dissolve and in their place . . . the emergence of the Madonna Era. Perhaps.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 2012
Martin Poll, 89, a veteran producer best known for "The Lion in Winter," the Oscar-winning 1968 film that starred Katharine Hepburn and Peter O'Toole, died Saturday in New York. He had pneumonia and kidney failure, according to his son, Jon. Hepburn won a best actress Oscar for her portrayal of Eleanor of Aquitaine. The film was also honored for best musical score and best adapted screenplay. Poll produced a remake for television in 2003 with Glenn Close in the Hepburn role. During a five-decade career, Poll produced a dozen films with stars such as Elizabeth Taylor and Woody Allen.
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February 26, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
If as widely predicted, Woody Allen wins his fourth Academy Award on Sunday, this time for original screenplay for the romantic comedy "Midnight in Paris," an even safer bet will be that Allen won't be there to accept the Oscar. The academy has a long love affair with Allen — a record 23 Oscar nominations, including wins for writing and directing the 1977 best picture winner "Annie Hall" and for his screenplay of 1986's "Hannah and Her Sisters"; 22 of the nominations were for screenplay and directing and one was for lead actor, for "Annie Hall.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 26, 2011
Irene Dunne The actress-singer of "The Awful Truth" fame played Tracy's character's gal pal in the 1943 romantic fantasy "A Guy Named Joe. " Lana Turner The "Sweater Girl" appeared with Tracy in 1941's "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" and 1947's "Cass Timberlane. " Jean Harlow The sassy blond bombshell teamed with Tracy for 1931's "Goldie" and 1936's "Libeled Lady. "
ENTERTAINMENT
September 26, 2011 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
According to James Curtis, author of the new 1,056-page "Spencer Tracy: A Biography," it could have been actress Loretta Young who became the love of Tracy's life, not Katharine Hepburn, his partner for 26 years with whom he made nine films. Tracy and Young, both Catholics, began their romance while working together on the 1933 Depression-era drama "A Man's Castle. " Though Tracy was married to Louise Treadwell, the illicit pair would go to Mass and confessions together. "I think they were drawn together because of the shared bond of faith," said Curtis, who spent six years on the book, drawing from Tracy's own papers and obtaining the cooperation of the actor's daughter, Susie Tracy.
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June 20, 2011
'Love Among the Ruins' Multi-Emmy Award-winning 1975 romantic comedy that marked the only pairing of Katharine Hepburn and Laurence Olivier. George Cukor directed. 'That Certain Summer' Landmark 1972 TV movie, penned by Richard Levinson and William Link, about a teenage boy (Scott Jacoby) who learns that his divorced father (Hal Holbrook) is gay and in a relationship with a young man (Martin Sheen). 'My Sweet Charlie' Levinson and Link also wrote this 1970 TV movie starring Patty Duke in an Emmy Award-winning role as a young pregnant Southern girl who finds an unlikely ally in a black New York attorney (Al Freeman Jr.)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 2010 | Times staff and wire reports
Norris Church Mailer, an actress, model, author and painter who enjoyed and endured the ride of her life as the sixth and final wife of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Norman Mailer, died at her home in Brooklyn on Sunday. She was 61. Her death was announced on the website of the Norman Mailer Society , which said she passed away "after a long and valiant struggle with cancer. " As Norris Mailer wrote in her 2010 memoir, "A Ticket to the Circus," she was a single mother in her mid-20s when she met the then-52-year-old Norman Mailer at a 1975 party in Russellville, Ark. Their attraction was immediate, even if he was breaking up with his fourth wife and seeing the woman who would become his fifth.
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July 11, 2003 | Geraldine Baum, Times Staff Writer
New York Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of a new memoir about Katharine Hepburn is how it came to be written in the first place, how an accomplished biographer and a famously prickly megastar came together to unravel some of the most intimate details of her life.
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December 25, 2004
I was surprised and disappointed to read Kenneth Turan's review of Cate Blanchett's performance as Katharine Hepburn in "The Aviator" ["A Wing and a Player," Dec. 17]. As the godchild and namesake of Katharine Hepburn, I was extremely impressed with Blanchett's portrayal. She truly captured the essence of my godmother. Katharine Kramer Valley Village
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June 24, 2010
I Know Where I'm Going Katharine Hepburn, A Personal Biography Charlotte Chandler Simon & Schuster: 350 pp., $26
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June 24, 2010 | By Kevin Thomas, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Over a long career, biographer Charlotte Chandler has persuaded Groucho Marx, Billy Wilder, Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Ingrid Bergman, Mae West, Federico Fellini and Alfred Hitchcock to speak revealingly and at length about themselves for her tape recorder. Chandler also befriended such illustrious directors as Fritz Lang, Michelangelo Antonioni and George Cukor. It was through Cukor that Chandler was able to pull off her greatest coup: His endorsement made it possible for her to win the trust of the notoriously private Katharine Hepburn, who died in 2003 at 96. Chandler spent many years, starting in the 1970s, getting Hepburn to talk.
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