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Katharine Hepburn.

Katharine Hepburn.
tell me goodbye no yes I did you have to sharp pieces clean no loose ends between us - I can't my father thought I'd be a ladies surgeon oh where the world I wanted to be a movie actor what right you can bring my favorite arcade you'll feel fine closed doors refuse to see people oh yes nothing small about here you go my father always said that his children we're never satisfied and I say with a bride at the wedding of the corpse at the funeral is there anyone else in the whole
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business who's been a star for 60 years I don't think ever been properly handled that's right not even by myself and so she said to Spencer uh-oh mr. Tracy I'm afraid I'm going to be a bit tall for you and Tracy answered back don't worry miss heparin I'll cut you down to size don't fight the elevator would you have me do give out give us give in Peter and Kate had enormous conflict but they he called her nag she called him pig then what you said to be back down
the devil was a lie about how you never could have done it alone and how how you lost your heart and everything you liar this is not a persona that she made up this is truly what the woman is what you see is what you get its

Katharine

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Katharine

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's career spans 64 years more than 50 films and four Academy Awards she took on Hollywood and in the process became a legend sometimes irascible frequently outspoken and always unpredictable I don't think I'm an eccentric and
now I'm just something from New England there was very American and brought up I do extremely intelligent people who gave us a kind of I think the greatest gift that man can give anyone and that is sort of freedom from fear

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's life began on May 12th 1907 in Hartford Connecticut she was named after her mother who was an early feminist and political leader her father dr. Thomas

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a noted surgeon supported her and led his own fight for legislative reform in
public education about venereal disease controversial positions in the post Victorian age this was a great relationship really a wonderful relationship and he was he was not an easy man he was very demanding very disciplined and yet very encouraging and built her up tremendously in 1905 the

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's first child tom was born followed in 1907 by Katherine whom everyone called Kathy Kathy idolized her brother the two children became inseparable and as tom grew into a quiet serious young man
his sister became an adventurous freckle-faced tomboy the

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's eventually had four more children who were encouraged to speak their minds and Cathy learned to hold her own I mean around the dinner table around whatever they said whatever they thought whatever they believed was very important that you expressed yourself and by God she expressed herself mrs.

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was active in the suffrage movement leading the Connecticut fight to win voting rights for women Cathy frequently
accompanied her mother passing out brochures and marching in parades mrs.

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eventually turned down an offer to run for the US Senate the

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's were leaders in radical causes causes which were not popular in conservative Hartford neighbors threw bricks through their windows and the children were frequently forced to defend themselves in fights I think it made me determined it gave me a nice big chip on my shoulder so I thought god damn it I'm gonna go out the mouth to something
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's kept a summer home in Fenwick an exclusive shorefront community in southern Connecticut the beach house became a gathering place for the entire extended family

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's Houghton's and friends athletic pursuits filled the summer days days spent swimming sailing and playing in the ocean we would like a checkoff play you know it was great we kept meaning to go to Hartford but we never did all summer long in the spring of nineteen twenty one twelve-year-old Kathy and her
older brother Tom set off to visit their godmother in New York on the morning they were to return home Tom did not appear for breakfast Kate's Ivanka what would call him he must have been sleeping she goes up to his room and at first when she opened the door she didn't see him what she saw was a curtain hanging loose because the curtain tie had been taken off of it and then she saw the shadow come in front of her and she turned around and there was Tom and he had hung himself with the
curtain tie from the rafter of this room Tom was dead his feet curled beneath him clearly able to reach the floor he had forced his own strangulation mrs.

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heard the news at home in Hartford when I was sitting in the dining room and the call came over the phone that Tom had died and mother just slumped on that table and moments later she think that I regained her composure and she never talked about yeah doctor

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refused to believe his son's death was a suicide he announced to
the press that Tom had died while practicing a stunt a fake hanging staged for effect her brother's death had a profound effect on Cathy for the next three years she withdrew and became nervous suspicious solitary she refused to go to high school and finished her education at home she even adopted Tom's birthday November 8th as her own Cathy tried to take her brother's place in the family she finally left home in 1924 to go to college in Bryn Mawr Pennsylvania although Kathy adopted
a new name Kate she kept her antisocial behavior unpopular with her classmates she was failing miserably by the end of her sophomore year in the summer of 1926 out of the blue the quiet withdrawn young woman shocked everyone and announced that she was going to become an actress Kate came in and the way she does with it is drop this one like a bombshell and I don't think Dan was even suspecting it but Kate said she was going into the theater and dad hit the ceiling he said well you know you
don't get anywhere in the theater and I should sleep with the director her father sent her back to Bryn Mawr in the fall by the spring of 1928 Kate's grades had improved enough for her to participate in the school's May Day celebration she appeared in a school play and eventually went on to do roles in several more student productions in her senior year Kate met 28 year old Ludlow Ogden Smith whom she called Bloody Bloody lived near the campus and belonged to a social group that
appealed to Kate Letty came from a blueblood Philadelphia family he was very charming rather a feat looking but a bit of a matinee idol profile you know very very very very good-looking and ludie adored Kate Kate graduated from Bryn Mawr and set out for New York to become an actress by the end of that year ludie proposed Kate accepted and the couple were married in New York Kate immediately attracted attention more for her style than her acting dressed in casual clothes and adopting a
free-spirited personality she became a regular in nightclubs and cultivated a position in Cafe Society kate was certainly not your typical young actress trying to make her way on the stage she came in thinking thinking star from the very beginning she never could see herself in a position of being in the background or being in the chorus or being whatever kate began to land a series of acting jobs in the New York theater but her lack of training and an outspoken attitude had an effect in just
two years kate was fired from four productions during rehearsals never making it to opening night well I think like many many unique actresses who bring something fresh to the theater she had a difficult time having that recognized she was different and if one is different it's difficult for people around to accept that easily they have to get used to it Kate did make it to Broadway in 1932 playing an Amazon Queen in the Warriors husband wearing a costume that accentuated her long legs

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leaped down a flight of stairs with a stag slung over her shoulder she took this stag she threw it on to the ground and then she her leading man was standing right there and she jumped in and she wrestles him to the ground and it was it was astounding I mean no one ever saw a woman do anything like that on stage sweet dear sweet dear tell me good night no yes I feel you have to Hollywood took notice director John Ford made this screen test of Kate but nothing came of it oh what a rude
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then George Cukor ordered a test Kay directed it herself and I had made myself up with true modesty I'd never done it before and fixed my own air with my usual modesty and picked the material and I'd put a glass down and George said the acting was idiotic but you put a glass down and listened with great tenderness and emotion and I was hired Cukor offered her the lead in his new film a bill of divorcement and soon Kate

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Broadway actress was on her way to Hollywood to become

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movie star I hope

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arrived in Hollywood in 1932 to make her first picture a bill of divorcement she left her husband ludie behind in New York she was just determined to be not just an actress but but an actress in a great star and and her life had gone in another direction from buddies in a bill of divorcement Kate played Sidney fairfield a young Englishwoman who learns of her father's descent into madness and renounces her own happiness to stand by him
John Barrymore played her father producer David O Selznick constantly worried about Kate's performance during filming he was convinced she would be a flop she was quite different than all looking and beautiful and eccentric and as a person while they thought of it independent I don't think that hasn't seen anything quite like her George Cukor the film's director soon became great friends with

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he felt he saw something special in the brash young actress he saw in Kate
immediately a quality that he had seen and many of the other great stars that he had directed Greta Garbo Joan Crawford a lot of these stars he saw this quality of this unusual strong-willed woman the public agreed you can't stand even the first glimpse of the truth darling it would be dangerous for me to marry when a bill of divorcement open audiences fell in love with

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and so did the critics she told him she loves him I heard nothing I'm done with her get him out I did you get
him out you must never run ball I came at once or I'll kill you Kate's performance earned her a long-term contract with RKO she followed her debut with Christopher strong the story of a daring aristocratic aviatrix during filming she began an affair with her agent Leland Hayward Hayward was married and a well known ladies man he looked a little bit like some of those sophisticated cartoons in the 1920s in The New Yorker and so forth he was very intelligent extremely charming and on top
of which he was an agent and he believed in her Kate continued her flirtation with Hayward and kept her marriage a secret ludie patiently waited for her to return to New York convinced that her affair with Hayward and her career in Hollywood would soon be over but Hollywood was enamored with Kate her uncharacteristically gentle performance in morning glory only her third film won her the Academy Award in 1933 she followed that with a dazzling performance in Little Women Kate stunned audiences by
creating a perfect image of a modern independent woman in late 1933 riding high on her film successes kate prepared for a triumphal return to Broadway she chose a play called the lake directed by legendary producer Jed Harris Harris was known for his cruel treatment of leading ladies and his handling of

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was no exception her performance was a famous disaster I walked through the opening night in a state of absolute paralyzed terror and I kept praying kill me Lord just kill me strike me
dead straightening it and nothing happened I just went on the way you do you know and finally the curtain came down everybody clapped and didn't mean it in sorrow and I was all mightily roasted Kate's performance was roasted well-known wit Dorothy Parker commented miss

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's emotions ran the gamut from A to B the lake lasted 55 performances when Jed Harris announced his intention to take the show on the road a horrified Cate offered to buy her way out Harris took every cent she
had and closed the play Kate's public humiliation in New York only made her more determined to succeed in Hollywood she was tough and she just wanted to be better better better and if you told her she couldn't do something she wanted to do it Kate sudden lack of success extended to her marriage she announced her plan to divorce ludie and Mary Leland Hayward after a quick divorce in Mexico she returned to California a relationship with Hayward eventually broke off and more trouble follow
RKO cascade in a succession of historical costume pictures which flopped at the box-office the studio failed to capitalize on the unique modern personality that made her a star in 1936 kate began a relationship with Howard Hughes the eccentric millionaire aviator pursued Kate with style he eventually won her over with extravagant stunts once landing his small plane on a golf course to join her in a game Hughes fascinated

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how ideals was a very had a very brilliant mind but he had
something much more important than that and that is that he never gave up he went after what he got and I was used to say if he went after needle Nasdaq in China he'd find it he would never give up wonderful quality I copied it but Kate's perseverance was not the problem her pictures were her stock was falling at RKO stage-door made in 1937 was originally intended as a

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vehicle but the studio added fast rising star Ginger Rogers to the cast as box-office insurance don't think
I intended to borrow it or anything I just want to see how I feeling one of these things do you feel very different okay well why don't you wear it do you man oh why not you may as well go to position in ermine you're sure to come back in rags what right you can get my favorite arcade yourself behind closed doors refuse to see people

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turned in a great performance as a society girl actress cut down to size by her roommates in a theatrical boarding house Stage Door proved to be
another box-office flop bringing a baby with Cary Grant was hailed as her best performance to date the picture lost $365,000 a lot of money in 1937 RKO finally lost faith in

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and began to loan her out to other studios Kate knew her time was up when she was offered a B picture called mother Carey's chickens she decided to part company with RKO and bought out her contract the same day theater owners ran ads in trade papers labeling

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box-office poison and when she approached David
O Selznick for the role of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind the producer of many of her hits turned her away after 15 films in six short years her career seemed over with no prospects Kate left Hollywood and returned home to Connecticut but Katherine

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was never one to give up more determined than ever she began to search for the role that would put her back on top in 1938

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was living at her family home on the seashore in Fenwick Connecticut her days in Hollywood
were over despite an Academy Award and worldwide fame her career seemed to be at a tremendous had really a standstill at this particular time no one was really rushing to send any scripts to

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that year Howard Hughes set a record by circling the world in a twin-engine plane more than 1 million people watched a parade in his honor in New York Kate joined him and together they played a game of hide and seek with the press well for a person who really wanted to live a private life
Kate was always attracted to the kind of men in the kind of situations that would create the most press and certainly Howard Hughes was that kind of a person Howard proposed to Kate in New York but the idea fizzled out as Kate put it and Hughes returned to the West Coast in late 1938 Kate remained at Fenwick in September of ferocious hurricane struck the Connecticut coast the beloved

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house was literally washed away in the aftermath Kate and her family picked through the rubble and only
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managed to retrieve a few dishes and trinkets dr.

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immediately built a new larger home on the beach by the end of that year Kate finally thought she'd found her comeback script her friend Philip Barry finished a play based on the

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family he called it the Philadelphia story the leading role of rich society girl Tracy Lord was written specifically for

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when the play opened on Broadway in early 1939 Kate desperately needed a hit to reestablish her career the friend of
George Cukor came to the opening night and he said oh I hope Kate doesn't come on and be sweet I hope she's rude to everyone and I came on and I was rude to her my mother about all the wedding presents I'd been given and he was delighted and it went well lucky the New York critics loved her

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was a smash and to ensure her return to Hollywood Kate convinced Howard Hughes to loan her the money to buy the film rights I bought the play The Philadelphia Story when it
opened because I'm practical you see I've common sense and I knew that all those beautiful successful Hollywood ladies would want it and I thought if I owned it they couldn't have it and eventually was so good that they finally have to have me with it Kate succeeded in her plan making a deal with MGM's Louis be mayor she asked for Spencer Tracy and Clark Gable to co-star with her mayor offered Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart to get a star is extremely difficult to get two stars is
twice as hard as you get three stars is almost unheard of what pictures are made even today that three important stars very few but she engineered all that because she knew that it would be good what is this Connor easy easy old man she's not hurt no not wounded so but it seems the minute she hit the water the wine hit her I'll look here Connor a likely story Connor hello Dexter hello hello

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made her movie comeback in the philadelphia story the picture made almost
one-and-a-half million dollars and received six Oscar nominations including one for Kate suddenly she was a brand-new star in Hollywood really because the role in Philadelphia story said up Kate in a different mold she was now a different personality one saw the strength and we saw as well the arrogance I used to be afraid of that look the withering glance of the goddess I didn't think that alcohol would Kate grab control of her career and in 1941 she acquired a story called woman of the
year she wanted and got Spencer Tracy to co-star in the romantic comedy as the rough down-to-earth sports writer to her temperamental sophisticated journalist the deal cemented her reputation as a tough businesswoman she usually got anything she wanted because she would turn up wearing the traditional slacks and she barged into their offices and give them hell Kate had never met Spencer she ran into him on the MGM lot before filming began and so she said to dispenser Oh mr. Tracy I'm afraid
I'm going to be a bit tall for you and Tracy answered back don't worry miss

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I'll cut you down to size the exchange set the tone for the film on the set of woman of the year Tracy glared at

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flustering the usually unflappable actress but on film the two caught fire their on-screen chemistry was magnetic and within weeks the studio was buzzing with rumors of an off-screen romance the team of Spencer Tracy and Katherine

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was box-office magic and a legendary love
affair was about to begin the success of woman of the year established Spencer Tracy and Katherine

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as a team on screen and off from the beginning Kate adored Spencer Tracy was Catholic married and the father of two children but he and his wife Louise had not lived together for years their son Johnny was deaf which only fueled Tracy's Catholic guilt it's no secret to the world that Spencer was a drinker and I think having been close to him at the time that a great deal of that
came as a result of his deep deep unhappiness about his son's unhappiness with Spencer Kate was submissive she let him take the lead in everything family and friends were surprised kate was no longer the fiercely independent woman they all knew I often felt that she was submerging herself to him I think too that Spencer was sort of a younger edition of her father in her mind I think she had mired his ruggedness kate began to turn down work to be near Spencer for a while her only appearances
were in Tracy

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films and their on-screen partnership was sizzling keeper of the flame without love and State of the Union established them as the movies top twosome what you want your rubdown you want a drink want anything in 1948 Kate and Spencer teamed with friends Garson Kanin his wife Ruth Gordon and George Cukor for Adam's rib released in 1949 the picture perfected the Tracy

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formula that seemed rooted in their own relationship an independent woman gets put in her place by
a down-to-earth man this is basic I'm old-fashioned I like two sexes and what is more I suddenly don't like being married to what is known as a new woman I want a wife not a competitor complainant or competitor you want to be a big he woman go and be one but not with me Tracy and that man had the most extraordinary relationship on the screen that's all they had brilliant script and they were funny and crazy and they had a sort of love-hate relationship they couldn't stand one
another and yet they were madly in love in 1951 at the height of Spencer and Kate's success tragedy struck the

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family when Kate's mother died of a cerebral hemorrhage Kate's father eradicated all record of his wife's existence Kate threw herself into work and set off to star in the African Queen she became a great friend and admirer of her co-star Humphrey Bogart and his wife Lauren Bacall and Kate adored working with director John Huston who helped her find the key to
portraying Rose Sayer I remember one of her memories of John Huston was the greatest bit of director and she ever had was when he came in and said he's looking so damn depressed smile think of as Eleanor Roosevelt I never dreamed that any mere physical experience could be so stimulating I'm the captain that's cool I ain't taking you along you'd only be in my way I suppose I was in your way going down the rapids then what you said to me back there as ever was a lie about how
you never could have done it alone and how how you lost your heart and everything you liar

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's performance in the African Queen was a landmark in her career she earned an Oscar nomination for a role that combined her trademark strength with obvious vulnerability you promised you'd go down with death a dozen times over down the river you promised well taking my promise back Kate followed her triumph in the African Queen with Pat and Mike Garson Kanan and Ruth Gordon tailored the
story for Tracy and

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Kate's role was designed to show off her athletic abilities so I mean well there's one thing only about us look like together it is what I call a plenty long shot nothing wrong with alone if you come out on top that's a fact we well-liked by 1955 of the years of heavy drinking caught up with Spencer Tracy his health was failing with the alcoholism also came various other health problems heart kidney various other problems and Tracy became quite ill Kate
was most attentive she really became his muse his help his nurses just about everything that you can possibly think of she really devoted herself to Tracy at this point and got him through at the same time her father's health was also deteriorating and Kate was at his side when he died on November 20th 1962 although Spencer had been ill for over a decade Kate and director Stanley Kramer persuaded him to try one more film in 1967 they began shooting guess who's coming to dinner the story
of a couple whose daughter brings home a black fiance Kramer

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and Tracy placed their salaries in escrow to ensure the completion of the film there was a great deal of doubt on everyone in everyone's mind whether Tracy would be able to cope with a with a film schedule with the toughness of the film schedule got sicker and sicker as the film progressed they had to shoot his scenes between 9:00 and 12:00 in the morning he wasn't able to go any further than that the old Tracy

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magic was there for all to see with Kate at his side Spencer turned in a fine performance On June 10th 1967 three weeks after the film was finished Spencer Tracy died for two and a half decades the couple kept their relationship private out of respect for Spencer's wife and family

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did not attend the funeral she never talked about his going at all which is a curious thing it's almost like my mother's attitude towards Tom's death don't talk about it go to work you know
do something katherine

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did something indeed she won a second Oscar for her work in guess who's coming to dinner and accepted the award in Spencer's name at the age of 60 she began another era in a career that already spanned three and a half decades and in her new career she would establish herself as more than a movie star

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was on her way to becoming a legend

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went back to work in 1967 the year Spencer Tracy died at sixty an age when many female
stars have trouble finding roles Kate found herself playing parts as dynamic as she was in the line in winter Kate co-starred with Peter O'Toole a well known tyrant on the movie set he met his match in Kate from the outset the two strong-willed actors enjoyed an adversarial relationship Peter and Kate had enormous conflict but they he called her nag she called him pig but they had they had a wonderful they had a wonderful kind of rapport they had a wonderful of love-hate relationship you
truly care who's King I care because you care so much don't fight me element what would you have me do give out give us give in give me a little peace a little why so modest how about eternal peace now there's a Todd Cates performance won her a third Academy Award director Anthony Harvey accepted the statue for Kate I called her up from Hollywood I think it must have been about 3:00 in the morning about 7:00 o'clock her time she said Oh God really and I Swan she was real oh come
on Tony put it in a paper bag somewhere three years later I was sitting with her in the house she opened the cupboard to get a box of chocolates or something and there it was still in the paper bag totally totally forgotten about it hadn't even been engraved in 1969 Kate was back on Broadway this time in KOCO a musical based on the life of fashion designer Coco Chanel

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arrived on Broadway a full-fledged legend it was a classic example of not being able to take your eyes off her she
she just took over the stage she was magnificent hip replacement surgery in the early 1970s did not slow her down and Kate starred in a series of TV movies and in 1980 she was back on Broadway one last time in Westside waltz her legend could be intimidating for many co-stars but Kate used humour to put people at ease when we first met and started rehearsing she said to me uh-uh I'll call you dot now nobody calls me dot but I mean it sounded Oh music to me when she said dot you know and I
said she said is that all right and I said yes that's fine and I said what shall I call you and she said you may call me miss

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which I thought and then of course she laughed that same year kate starred in on Golden Pond with Henry Fonda she quickly developed affection for her fellow movie legend early in the filming she presented Fonda with one of Spencer's favorite hats and Fonda wore it throughout the film on Golden Pond was the story of a cantankerous old man who had given up
on life and his loving wife of 50 years who was determined to keep him alive you're gonna get back it was and I'm gonna be right behind you holding on tight we're gonna go go go I don't like horses Fonda won his only Academy Award for his portrayal and died soon after

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won an unprecedented fourth Oscar in 1982 Kate severely injured her left foot in an automobile accident the accident left her slowed but still busy she continued to divide her time between Fenwick
and her New York townhouse and made several more TV movies all right actually is she late she's right on time I keep retiring and I don't stay there I can't do it I mean I don't think you can say I'm not gonna work or you can't say I'm going to work can he can't work unless you got something to do and if you see something you want to do and you turn it down you think who

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's life has spanned almost nine decades her career more than 64 years an
unconventional beauty who spoke her mind she forever changed Hollywood and generations of women I think for women she is a great champion of independence standing up for what you believe in I think she brought a dignity to women's roles and hadn't been there before she enabled many many actresses that followed her I don't think there could have been a Barbra Streisand without a

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she's a very very ambitious girl and she's brave she accepts any challenge that
she herself thinks she can master one of her essential characteristics was independence yes indeed she does things her way well I get up every day but I think I get up and I assume that between this us this battle I'm gonna win it you say that's me everlasting ego you