Katharine Hepburn

Katharine Hepburn

Katharine Hepburn Quick Links

News Pictures Film Quotes RSS

Shown from left: Rod Steiger (Best Actor, Estelle Parsons (Best Supporting Actress), George Kennedy, (Best Supporting Actor), George Cukor accepting for Katharine Hepburn (Best Actress) Academy Awards Oscars, 1968 Featuring: Shown from left: Rod Steiger (Best Actor, Estelle Parsons (Best Supporting Actress), George Kennedy, (Best Supporting Actor), George Cukor accepting for Katharine Hepburn (Best Actress) When: 10 Jan 2013

Shown, Rod Steiger, Best Actor, Estelle Parsons, Best Supporting Actress, George Kennedy, Best Supporting Actor, George Cukor, Katharine Hepburn and Best Actress

Oscars 2013: Skyfall And Zero Dark Thirty Is First Tied Vote Since 1968


Kathryn Bigelow Sam Mendes Katharine Hepburn Barbra Streisand

Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty and Sam Mendes's Skyfall tied the Oscar for Sound Editing on Sunday evening (February 24, 2013) - the first dead heat at the famous awards show since 1968, when Katherine Hepburn and Barbara Streisand famously tied for Best Actress for their performances in The Lion In Winter and Funny Girl respectively.

Presenter Mark Wahlberg, who announced the award with Ted, seemed stunned by the result, telling the audience there was "no bullsh*t," and that the vote was indeed a tie. Zero Dark Thirty was the first winner to be read out, before the sound editors behind the James Bond movie Skyfall were also rewarded.

It's only the third time in Oscars history that a vote has been tied, with the other occasion occurring in 1932 when Frederick March and Wallace Berry shared the prize for Best Actor for their roles in Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and The Champ. It's a hugely unlikely result, given the amount of votes cast for each category - most of which contain five nominees.

Continue reading: Oscars 2013: Skyfall And Zero Dark Thirty Is First Tied Vote Since 1968

L, The Philadelphia Story, R, Katherine Hepburn, Tracy Lord, Breakfast, Tiffany, Audrey Hepburn and Holly Golightly - L) The Philadelphia Story - Katherine Hepburn as Tracy Lord; (R) Breakfast at Tiffany's - Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly Wednesday 17th October 2012 Hollywood Costume - press view held at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

L, The Philadelphia Story, R, Katherine Hepburn, Tracy Lord, Breakfast, Tiffany, Audrey Hepburn and Holly Golightly

Holiday Review


Good
Hit-and-miss Hepburn-Grant production, released the same year as Bringing Up Baby but to a considerably less receptive public. That's because many of the jokes in Holiday fall flat, and while Grant has his characteristic grace and charm, the story he's put into with Hepburn (more earnestly grating here than director George Cukor should have allowed) is on the tepid side (involving a love triangle with Grant and two rich sisters). It all comes off as very stagey (it's based on a play) and not very funny at all. Safely skippable unless you're a big fan of the leads.

Holiday Review


Good
Hit-and-miss Hepburn-Grant production, released the same year as Bringing Up Baby but to a considerably less receptive public. That's because many of the jokes in Holiday fall flat, and while Grant has his characteristic grace and charm, the story he's put into with Hepburn (more earnestly grating here than director George Cukor should have allowed) is on the tepid side (involving a love triangle with Grant and two rich sisters). It all comes off as very stagey (it's based on a play) and not very funny at all. Safely skippable unless you're a big fan of the leads.

Long Day's Journey Into Night Review


Extraordinary
Thanks to her natural trembling, Katharine Hepburn makes for a truly amazing drug addict, in this harrowing and devastation Sidney Lumet film, adapted from Eugene O'Neill's autobiographical story of his turbulent (to put it mildly) home life. In a nutshell: It's one horrific night when all sorts of dirt is dished: From mom's morphine addiction and resentment of son Edmund (Dean Stockwell) over the death of her third-born, to dad's (Ralph Richardson) alcoholism and distaste for mom, to more sibling rivalry from firstborn Jamie (Jason Robards).

Continue reading: Long Day's Journey Into Night Review

Suddenly, Last Summer Review


Excellent
In 1930s New Orleans, a creepy drama/thriller plays out, with a wealthy heiress (Katharine Hepburn) extorting an upstanding doctor (Montgomery Clift) into giving her neice (Elizabeth Taylor) a lobotomy. Why? That's the rub in this juicy, compelling, and typically overblown Tennessee Williams adaptation. Hepburn and Taylor both earned Oscar nominations for their work; it's hard to pick which turns in a more compelling performance.

On Golden Pond Review


Excellent
The early 1980s were the best of times and the worst of times for movies. Hollywood produced a lot of entertaining blockbusters (the Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Terminator movies, Ghostbusters, Blade Runner, WarGames, Airplane!, Risky Business, and so on) which kept the movies fun and exciting. But Hollywood also produced a string of mainstream dramas like Sophie's Choice and Ordinary People which were punishingly grim, superficial, and shallow. Of course, most film critics at the time viewed the former with contempt, and praised the latter as the greatest works of art since Mozart.

On Golden Pond was definitely one of the latter category -- a manipulative, Oscar-ready mainstream drama. But surprisingly, it's not a bad movie.

Continue reading: On Golden Pond Review

The Philadelphia Story Review


Extraordinary
No self-respecting film snob would speak ill of George Cukor's classic romantic comedy The Philadelphia Story, with its three major stars (plus the overlooked Ruth Hussey), rat-a-tat dialogue, hairpin plotting, and delightful humor. And so it's my turn -- what have I got to say for myself?

Not much that hasn't already been said. I fall in line with the conventional wisdom that Philadelphia is one of the smartest comedies you'll find. At the film's opening, C.K. Dexter Haven (Cary Grant) and Tracy Lord (Katharine Hepburn) are seen in the midst of their breakup. Fast-forward a few years and Tracy's engaged again, and Dexter shows up with two Spy magazine reporters (James Stewart and Hussey), determined to throw a wrench into things.

Continue reading: The Philadelphia Story Review

Bringing Up Baby Review


Weak
Screwball comedy is, in some sense, the most difficult of all types of comedy. Unlike physical comedy and straight farce, there's no real safety net, if the audience just doesn't follow or care about all the carrying-on displayed on screen, no matter how talented the performers or frantic the action, there just won't be much of anything that they'll find funny. Thusly does Bringing Up Baby fall flat on its face - not for lack of talent or effort, but for want of any good reason to exist.

Long before Hollywood suits thought it was a good idea to hide Freddie Prinze Jr.'s hottitude under a pair of spectacles (see Boys and Girls, if you dare), it was decided that for a change of pace, Cary Grant should be similarly four-eyed and socially reticent. And so he was cast in Bringing Up Baby as Dr. David Huxley, a nebbish scientist about to marry his icy prig of a colleague and who's been roped into wooing a rich potential donor to their museum. It's not that Grant can't play this guy, he pulls off the role just fine, but the whole enterprise seems reminiscent of covering a fine antique in layers of shellac or casting George Clooney as an antisocial computer hacker with poor fashion sense. Just because you can do it doesn't mean you should.

Continue reading: Bringing Up Baby Review

Stage Door Review


Extraordinary
Stage Door deserves its own solid gold time capsule. This is one for the ages, a hyperwitty comedy/drama written by the brilliant Edna Ferber and George S. Kaufman who took their play from the Broadway stage to the RKO soundstage and put it in the capable hands of director Gregory La Cava and an all-star cast of the most dazzling leading ladies of the 1930s. No, they don't make 'em like this anymore.

Justifiably famous for a rapid-fire script jam-packed with barbed remarks and caustic retorts, the film makes you stifle your laughter so you don't miss the next oncoming zinger. At one point, an exasperated Terry Randall (Katharine Hepburn) says to the delightfully bitchy Jean Maitland (Ginger Rogers), "It'd be a terrific innovation if you could get your mind to stretch a little further than the next wisecrack." Indeed.

Continue reading: Stage Door Review

Woman Of The Year Review


Excellent
Cute Hepburn-Tracy vehicle, though Spence looks about 20 years older than Katharine in this rendition, which has his crass sports reporter wooing her society maven and astute political columnist. Opposites attract, and before you know it the two are married. But once she is named "woman of the year," our poor sap hero finds himself neglected and put out that he never gets to see his wife. This is the first of many Tracy & Hepburn movies, and the chemistry's not quite there yet in this one. Some impressively funny scenes and a hilarious ending redeem the long stretches of predictability.
Katharine Hepburn

Katharine Hepburn Quick Links

News Pictures Film Quotes RSS
Advertisement

Occupation

Actor


Advertisement
Advertisement

Katharine Hepburn Movies

Advertisement
On Golden Pond Movie Review

On Golden Pond Movie Review

The early 1980s were the best of times and the worst of times for movies....

Bringing Up Baby Movie Review

Bringing Up Baby Movie Review

Screwball comedy is, in some sense, the most difficult of all types of comedy. Unlike...

Stage Door Movie Review

Stage Door Movie Review

Stage Door deserves its own solid gold time capsule. This is one for the ages,...

The Lion in Winter Movie Review

The Lion in Winter Movie Review

There's something terribly fascinating about the ruthless intrigue which takes place within a royal court....

Little Women (1933) Movie Review

Little Women (1933) Movie Review

Call me a heathen, but I'm a modern guy with modern sensibilities. And as...

Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.