A Little Reflection
Katharine Hepburn is an actress who I grew to appreciate thanks to the perspective that comes with age. She’s one of the most legendary and iconic performers to come out of the Golden Age of Hollywood, but I’ll admit her work didn’t begin speaking to me until a few years ago.
Katharine Hepburn is an actress who for many people has always been in their consciousness. In a filmography which lasted more than fifty years, she brought so many iconic characters to the screen. With a career this varied, everyone is bound to have their favorites. Some might reflect fondly on Holiday, still others might go to The African Queen, while some might first think of On Golden Pond. In her more than 5 decades in front of the camera, Hepburn not only developed iconic characters, but also showed that women didn’t have to be pigeonholed as damsels. They could be progressive, powerful and dictate their own self-worth.
A Career in Review:
Little Women (1933)
Morning Glory (1933)
Mary of Scotland (1936)
Stage Door (1937)
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
Woman of the Year (1942)
Adam’s Rib (1949)
If You Can Only Watch One:
There really is no shortage of interesting films to dive into on Katharine Hepburn Day; however, I have to shout out Woman of Year as one of my favorites. In fact, this is the movie which really opened my eyes to Katharine Hepburn.
Woman of the Year is best known as her first pairing with Spencer Tracy. A sophisticated and intelligent romantic comedy, the movie follows a slovenly sports writer (Tracy) who falls for a political correspondent (Hepburn). In her portrayal of Tess, Hepburn shines. She’s powerful and personifies everything I want to see in women on screen. I’ve written about this movie before and yeah, there are some moments which might feel very “of their time”, but from start to finish, Woman of the Year crafts a complex exploration of sex and gender and to me, it’s Hepburn at her very best.
Woman of the Year airs at 2:00pm EST.
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