Saturday, May 12, 2007

Katharine Hepburn

Today would have been the Great Kate’s 100th birthday. Meryl Streep, Denzel Washington, or Jack Nicholson notwithstanding, they don’t make movie stars like Ms. Hepburn anymore (yeah, I know that’s a cliché but that doesn’t make it any less true.)

She was a shimmering, ever-engaging presence in her movies…from her Academy Award winning turns (Morning Glory, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, The Lion in Winter, and On Golden Pond) to her delightful comic turns (Bringing Up Baby, The Philadelphia Story, Adam’s Rib) to effortlessly holding on her own onscreen with great actors (Spencer Tracy, Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart, Peter O’Toole, John Wayne, Henry Fonda)…and an plain-spoken, irascible, and unapologetic embracer of the concept of living her life on her own terms.

Happy Birthday, Kate.

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