For seven decades Katharine Hepburn reigned as an admired actress, a beloved movie star and a treasured icon of the modern American woman. She also remained one of the most private of all the public figures of her time. In 1982 - at the age of seventy-five - the four-time Academy Award winner opened her door to biographer A. Scott Berg - then thirty-three - and began a special friendship that endured to the end of her life. Over the next twenty years, Kate used their many hours together to reveal all that came to mind, often relecting on the people and episodes of her past, occasionally on the meaning of life. Here are the stories from those intimate conversations, and much more.
What made it interesting was the 'character' of Hepburn. She was an interesting woman: never married, one of the few actresses who continued acting on stage after she hit gold as a movie star, and one of the few actresses who carried her career into her 80's. Typically, she's my favorite actress. (And seeing her and Humphrey Bogart together in "African Queen" made me so incredibly warm and squishy inside.)
While the personal nature of much of the book was appreciated, I had wanted more of a biography of her life and not an account of her friendship with Berg. I really don't have much more to say on the book. No real impression. 6/10
The book was surprisingly moving, too, as it follows Hepburn through her later years up to the time of her death, interrupting the current timeline with stories from her past, almost like a novel. No dry recitation of vital statistics here.