Legends of the Silver Screen

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Katharine Hepburn: On Her Own Terms

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Katharine Hepburn: On Her Own Terms
Katharine Hepburn's life and career are legendary. She has been a star of the first rank for sixty-four years, and has won four Academy Awards. Her life had its roots in an extraordinary family - a family shrouded in tragedy and mystery. Her tumultuous relationships with men such as Howard Hughes, John Ford, and, of course, Spencer Tracy fascinated the public - and she has served as a role model for generations of American women. BIOGRAPHY's profile of Katharine Hepburn takes a detailed, first-hand look at the life of this extraordinary woman. Exclusive interviews with several Hepburn intimates highlight the program. Screenwriter and director Garson Kanin, a life-long friend of both Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, offers insight into the Hepburn mystique and the twenty-six year relationship between Hepburn and Tracy. Hepburn's brother Dr. Robert Hepburn, contributes his childhood memories of the outspoken, troubled Hepburn family, and offers rare glimpses into his sister's private life. Anthony Harvey, director of four Hepburn films including THE LION IN WINTER and THE GLASS MENAGERIE recalls working with Hepburn - and remembers favorite moments both on and off screen. Also appearing are Kate's Broadway co-star Tony Award-winner Dorothy Loudon, and noted Hepburn biographer Anne Edwards. Rare interview footage with Ms. Hepburn herself rounds out the profile. The show includes clips from some of Hepburn's best work: A BILL OF DIVORCEMENT, LITTLE WOMEN, ADAM'S RIB, GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER, THE LION IN WINTER and ON GOLDEN POND. Behind-the-scenes action of recent Hepburn movies is also included, as well as rare footage of the teenage Katharine Hepburn - and her first screen test for director John Ford.moreless

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