Have you seen this book? Home In Fenwick: Memoir of a Place, written by Stuart W. Little is a good read about Fenwick, the borough of Old Saybrook in which Katharine Hepburn spent much of her time with her family and friends and a lot of movie stars. According to Ellsworth Grant this little gem is a page turner for all things Fenwick. In our conversations he told me twice “get that book!”
Ellsworth is 90-years young and divinely wonderful when it comes to history about Connecticut and many other things. Although the Hepburn Family had a huge house on Fenwick, which was destroyed by the 1938 Hurricane and rebuilt, Ellsworth and his wife (Marion Hepburn Grant) had their own place in Fenwick which he still retreats to today for the summer months. So, in the words of Ellsworth Grant “get this book!”
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Ellsworth S. Grant was married to Katharine Hepburn’s sister Marion for 47 years. Pictured below is Marion Hepburn and Ellsworth on their wedding day in the Hepburn backyard in Hartford.
Mr. Grant is THE authority on all things “Kate.” You won’t find these little stories anywhere else in the world but right here.
This was Ellsworth in February of 2007 accepting an award on behalf of his famous sister-in-law, Katharine Hepburn. The first honoree ever in The Connecticut Hall of Fame was legendary actress Katharine Hepburn, who won four Oscars for Best Actress. The award was presented to Ellsworth Grant, her brother in law.
Ellsworth is a former Mayor of West Hartford,Connecticut where he made his home. He is the author of 25 books, has made a motion picture, I could go on and on and I will as I continue to post my conversations with Ellsworth. He is a Harvard man with the kind of manners you would expect and he is the Father of Hepburn’s niece, Katharine Houghton Grant (Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner?) This summer I will be sitting down with him at his family summer home in Fenwick and talking about Katharine Hepburn’s life.
As to the reference to “Aunt Kat,” Judy Samelson of Playbill, who has studied a lot about Hepbun over the years says” It has been written that she (Hepburn) was “the missing link” in her family. Not a grown up but not a child. Sort of in the middle, between her parents and her siblings. She said “I’m Aunt Kat,” even to her younger sisters.” Ellsworth Grant continues with that tradition.
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