January 16, 1997
Katharine Macdonald, 47, a political publicist and journalist who explained California's Smog Check program. The daughter of the late actress Eve March, Macdonald was named for her godmother, Katharine Hepburn, and grew up in Hollywood. But she chose a career in public affairs, working first as scheduling assistant for Assembly Speaker Jesse M. Unruh. She later served four years as press secretary to Los Angeles City Councilman Zev Yaroslavsky.
July 25, 1996 |
Katharine Hepburn had it all: looks, smarts, sass and talent. The Newport Harbor Art Museum is presenting a three-film tribute to her starting Friday night with "Adam's Rib." The 1949 movie, directed by George Cukor, also stars Hepburn's equally famous real-life lover, Spencer Tracy. It's one of their better screen team-ups. He plays a prosecutor and she plays his defense attorney wife in a comedy that veers between screwball and sophistication.
July 1, 2003 |
To modern eyes, Katharine Hepburn's trademark wide-leg slacks, man-tailored shirts with upturned collars, high-neck sweaters and trench coats are simply classic, comfortable clothes. For her time, they were revolutionary. Although the actress, who died Sunday, began wearing variations of the look in the early 1940s, it wasn't until fashion shifted to the ultra-feminine styles of the 1950s that she was routinely cast as a fashion rebel.
April 21, 1987 |
"Sylvia Scarlett." Nostalgia Merchant. $19.95. This is one of those movies--scandalous flops in their day--that assume a whole different meaning for later generations. In 1935, audiences were bewildered or put off by the sexual chic of this George Cukor film with its British milieu of careless rich people and amoral grifters preying on them, its tart John Collier lines and, worst of all, a heroine in drag for most of the story--Katharine Hepburn, posing as "Sylvester Scarlett."
July 18, 1990 |
Actress Katharine Hepburn and many of her neighbors are suing the town of Old Saybrook because of property tax bills. Hepburn and 45 neighbors in the Old Saybrook borough of Fenwick claim in a lawsuit against the town assessor and the Board of Tax Review that the town unfairly assessed their properties. The lawsuit was filed Monday in Middletown Superior Court. According to the suit, Hepburn owns three building lots in Fenwick, totaling about 3.5 acres, including wetlands, assessed at $1.
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.
June 22, 1997 |
George Cukor directed this Emmy-laden 1975 TV movie, which paired Katharine Hepburn and Laurence Olivier for the first and only time. In James Costigan's Edwardian period romantic comedy, tinged with as much pathos ashilarity, Hepburn plays a rich, retired actress faced with a breach-of-promise suit brought against her by a much younger man. Olivier, an eminent barrister, is hired to defend her.