Saturday, May 12, 2007

My Weekend Crush

The late, great Katharine Hepburn would have celebrated her 100th birthday today. I’m sure, if she had lived to see the milestone, she would have something pithy and wry to say for the occasion. Something that struck a universal truth without taking itself too seriously. Something like, “Life is hard. After all, it kills you.” That is, if she hadn’t said that already. Kate was a woman who blazed trails simply by being herself. She was also a woman who never once considered her femininity, or lack thereof, a handicap. She lived freely. She spoke bluntly. She acted brashly. And she did it all while wearing an impeccably pressed pair of pants. Strong and striking, independent and intelligent, Kate was a lion among men and women. I could go on, but Kate herself would have waved away my wordiness and pish-poshed my praise. What I will say is that when I think of people, present or past, who I would love to have a beer with and simply shoot the shit, Kate ranks among my top five. Happy weekend, all.

5 comments:

ravaj said...

did you see the article in today's ny times? http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/12/opinion/12mann.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

one of my all-time favourites ... i think i have seen more films that she has made than any other single actor

Anonymous said...

Hmm...I must get round to renting her films. Will be quite a delicious experience, I'm sure.

I do like her in pants.Wish that style would come back...the loose, elegant, soft trousers that hang and hint at what's underneath, not like the tight shit that's the trend these days...sigh...

ashin said...

Kate Hepburn is my favourite actress... she taught me to be strong when no one else did. I love all her movies terribly, but "Mary of Scotland," "Bringing Up Baby," and "Adam's Rib" have to be some of my favourites. I've been loving the TCM marathon of her movies... some of which I haven't gotten to see before due to them being rather obscure. There's really no one else like her. <3

Anonymous said...

yes yes yes!!! she's my greatest hero of all time.


///k.

Ann said...

the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center and Theater will be opening this summer (2009) in Hepburn's beloved seaside town of Old Saybrook, Connecticut. We'd love it if you'd link to us to help us spread the word
www.katharinehepburntheater.org