Bob and Ellsworth
Ann and Ellsworth
This was a big day at Fenwick. Photographer Bob Czepiel and I went out to chat with former West Hartford Mayor Ellsworth Grant. When you talk to Ellsworth “Molly,” his constant companion, is always nearby.
We had a ball! Ellsworth, who is 90 years young, is Katharine Hepburn’s former Brother-in-law. He was married to Kate’s sister Marion until her death. Ellsworth is the last of the iconic star’s generation who was clost to her.
The Grant’s house in Fenwick is just down the way from the Hepburn house. Ellsworth is the author of at least 26 books about everything Connecticut. He’s a Harvard man whose roommate was the late Secretary of Defense, Caspar Weinberger. There’s a story about “Cap” as Ellsworth called him, at the Hepburn house in Fenwick, you’ll love that one. Ellsworth has a brilliant mind and is real treasure.
Bob and I, camera rolling, got some tremendous stories from Ellsworth about Katharine Hepburn, and antics in Fenwick. Some of the stories have never been told before.
You will get to see and hear all of this as Bob is putting together a documentary on the beginnings of the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, and this interview will of course be included.
Just as an appetizer to the documentary, Ellsworth tells us all about the time that Howard Hughes came to call and a bathroom Kate had built for him at the Hepburn home. Remember in the 1930′s Hepburn and Hughes were quite the item and Hughes desperately wanted to marry her. That of course didn’t happen and then along came Spencer Tracy.
Ellsworth has some stories about Tracy’s one and only trip to Fenwick as well.
We can’t thank Ellsworth enough for being so gracious to us and to the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center.
See you at “The Kate.”
Ann Nyberg, Trustee, KHCAC