How to Hepburn: Lessons on Living from Kate the Great

By Karen Karbo

How to Hepburn, Karen Karbo's glossy, modern reassessment of 1 of America's maximum icons, takes us on a spin in the course of the nice Kate's lengthy, eventful existence, with an goal towards seeing what we will be able to glean from the 1st woman of Cinema. One half How Proust Can swap Your Life and one half Why Sinatra Matters, How to Hepburn teases a few unforeseen classes from the lifetime of a girl whose freewheeling, pants-wearing choice redefined identical to the autonomous lady whereas finally endearing her to the realm.

This witty, provocative gem is stuffed with no-nonsense Hepburn-style remark on matters resembling: making denial be just right for you; the significance of being brash, dealing with worry, and regularly having an aviator on your lifestyles; studying why and the way to lie; some great benefits of discretion; benefiting from a dysfunctional dating; and the ability of forgiving your mom and dad. exciting lovers of the notoriously self sustaining actress, award-winner Karen Karbo offers a gusty guidebook to harnessing your internal Hepburn, and dwelling existence by yourself terms.

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How did she remain correct for therefore lengthy? How did she proceed, regardless of setbacks, to return out on best? How did she create a existence tale so enduring that i will be able to flip her final identify right into a verb and everybody will get it? How did she—and how can we—Hepburn? 1 the significance OF BEING BRASH Hepburn Arrives in l. a., starts frustrating all people instantly; A Sampling of Brash Acts; The Pants-Wearing as an Ongoing reveal of Brashitude; a few relatives background; Hepburn Is wrong for an Heiress; The methods of the Brash; What $13,675. seventy five should buy Tou quite a bit has been made approximately Katharine Hepburn's lifelong devotion to trousers it really is of curiosity to notice that after she stepped off the educate in Pasadena on July 4,1932, to big name in her first motion picture, A invoice of Divorcement, she was once donning couture. a true getup, daring and brash, "piss-elegant," as she may bring it to mind in Me: tales of My existence, her 1991 autobiography. New York's costliest clothier had concocted a fancy dress for Hepburn's self-styled grand arrival made up of gray-blue grosgrain silk. The skirt was once ankle size and flared, the coat used to be thigh size, lengthy and shut becoming, acceptable for a fox hunt, possibly, yet no longer for arriving in Southern California in the midst of summer time. "The hat used to be a kind of gray-blue straw dish the wrong way up on my head," Hepburn might bear in mind many years later. The temperature upon her arrival used to be within the mid-nineties. in the course of the lengthy educate journey throughout nation a few metal shavings had came across their approach into her eye, inflicting either eyes, for a few cause, to show pink. She regarded a bit patriotic in her gray-blue grosgrain go well with, her military blue bag, sneakers, and gloves, and her bloodshot eyes. To Leland Hayward, her agent and destiny paramour, ready on the teach station to gather her, she gave the impression of a cadaver with a ingesting challenge. They repaired to RKO, the place Hepburn demanded to determine a physician instantly. George Cukor, the younger director who might develop into recognized for coaxing nuanced performances out of the best stars of Hollywood's Golden Age, used to be unimpressed along with his new star's ocular problems. He was once too distracted via her unusual ensemble. This was once l. a. within the olden days, in spite of everything, while there have been merely orange groves and no haute couture to talk of. Cukor, no slouch while it got here to examining humans, may well inform Hepburn idea she was once the jogging definition of elegant, whilst truly the complete outfit used to be hideous —did I point out the ruffled turtleneck? The health care provider may wait. Cukor used to be desirous to interact this ordinary woman, together with her stringy, scraped-back pink hair, rebellion of freckles, and ridiculous braying voice. He determined to teach her a few initial dress sketches. In his adventure actresses constantly had exciting reviews approximately their costumes. Now, placed your self in Hepburn's place. you are twenty-five years previous, in l. a. for the 1st time to megastar on your first motion picture. Your wily agent has negotiated $1,500 every week for you (adjusting for inflation, that is approximately $20,000) dependent exclusively on the way you regarded in a gladiator miniskirt with a lifeless stag balanced in your shoulders in a contemporary play known as the soldiers Husband.

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