Posts Tagged “Bringing Up Baby”

Katharine Hepburn in Little Women

Katharine Hepburn in Bringing Up Baby

Katharine Hepburn in Holiday

Katharine Hepburn in The Philadelphia Story

Katharine Hepburn in Stage Door

I think these captured images of Katharine Hepburn in the following three movies are just great.

They were posted on a blog called “Wonders In The Dark.” There you will find a reviews of “Little Women,” ”Bringing Up Baby,” Holiday,The Philadelphia Story,” and Stage Door.

On this site you will not only see reviews but responses to those reviews as well, if you are so inclined, go ahead and weigh in too.

The blog is written by a guy named Sam Juliano, “he”   is reviewing as well as posting reviews by Allan Fish of the UK. Sam’s site has only been up a short time, about three months, but he already has more than 25,000 hits, so this blog is really gaining in popularity.

I have recently posted on Sam’s site about the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center so that Sam and others reading and posting on his blog will know all about “Kate’s Place.”

Swing by his blog and give his writings a whirl, it is quite comprehensive. Sam has added our site to his blogroll and we thank him so much.

See you at “The Kate.”
Ann Nyberg, Trustee, KHCAC

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Barking and Baking with Gimlet Rose

What Katharine Hepburn fan doesn’t love Hepburn’s antics in “Bringing Up Baby?”

On a blog called “Mr. Doodle’s Dog,” Pat Kane posts a story about a wire fox terrier baking Hepburn’s famous brownies. Kane is a feature designer for The Tampa Tribune and a Hepburn fan.

A wonderful drawing on Kane’s post depicts the same dog as in “Bringing Up Baby.”

So for your barking, make that baking pleasure, here is the recipe (as adapted by Kane) for those dense chocolate goodies. Oh, and while the delectables are baking, read more of Kane’s blog.

Katharine Hepburn’s Brownies

8 tbsp. unsalted butter, plus more for greasing

2 oz. unsweetened chocolate

1 cup sugar

2 eggs, beaten

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 cup roughly chopped walnuts (I used pecans)

1/4 cup flour

1/4 tsp. fine salt

1. Heat oven to 325F. Grease an 8″X8″ baking pan with butter. Line the pan with parchment paper; grease the paper. Set the pan aside.

2. Melt the butter and the chocolate together in a 2-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Remove the pan from heat and stir in the sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla and stir to make a smooth batter. Add the walnuts (pecans), flour, and salt; stir until incorporated. Pour the batter into the baking pan and spread evenly. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool on a rack. Cut and serve.

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A Woman Rebels

This is huge for Katharine Hepburn fans! Beginning at 6:00 a.m. on August 30th, 2008, you can watch Katharine Hepburn all day long. Of course you’re also free to set your recorders if you have to be away from the set. Turner Classic Movies is putting on this Hepburn Holiday for you. By clicking here (2008) you can see all the trailers to wet your appetite. Bon Appetit!

See you at “The Kate.”
Ann Nyberg, Trustee, KHCAC

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Bringing Up Baby, Al Hirschfeld

Philadelphia Story, Al Hirschfeld

This is the work of artist, Al Hirschfeld. His drawings appeared in the Sunday edition of “The New York Times” for years. He put “caricature” art on the map and Hollywood and Broadway for the most part were his targets and that of course included Katharine Hepburn.

His work can be found in the most pretigious museums and in private collections all over the world.

Hirschfeld nearly made it to 100 years old and has a theatre named after him on Broadway.

He was known as the “Line King.” His autobiography is called aptly “Hirschfeld On Line.”

According to a 2003 Time Magazine article:

“He had an inability to find the jugular in a entertainment figure. He did go for the jungular, exaggerating facial features and specializing in a kind of reverse anthropomorphism: he turned men into beasts. To Mickey Rooney, Bert Lahr and Zero Mostel, he gave outsize snouts. Many women he saw as birds: Lynn Fontanne, Katharine Hepburn and others are long-necked swans.”

Whether the stars liked their “likenesses” or not, for one week they were immortalized in the “New York Times” and you know what they say about publicity…

See you at “The Kate.”
Ann Nyberg, Trustee, KHCAC

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Bringing Up Baby

“Bringing Up Baby” was the 1938 screwball comedy starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant.

The web site writes all about the film. Of note, how Hepburn handled the leopard named “Nissa.”

“Nissa the leopard got on splendidly with Katharine Hepburn, but less well with other cast members. Madame Olga Celeste was the trainer and she was always off camera with a whip in case of problems. Hepburn wore a perfume the cat found attractive, but got on its bad side when she twirled in a dress with little weights sewed in the hem. The startled leopard took a swipe at her, Mme. Celeste cracked her whip, and that was the end of the cat roaming free on the set.”

Movie Diva also writes about the films, “Adam’s Rib” in which she starred with Spencer Tracy, “The Philadelphia Story,” opposite Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart, and “Christopher Strong” where she was paired with Colin Clive.

We’ll be showing some of these Hepburn Fan Favorites when we open.

See you at “The Kate.”
Ann Nyberg, Trustee, KHCAC

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