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Kate remembered
A. Scott Berg
Adult Nonfiction PN2287.H45 B46 2003

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Berg's memoir of Katharine Hepburn was written over a number of years but held back, according to Hepburn's wishes, until her death (on June 29, 2003, at the age of 96). One of the most telling passages in Berg's love letter to the four-time Oscar-winning actress has been omitted (along with the entire two-page Author's Note) from this otherwise unabridged recording. In it, Berg clarifies, "This book is, thus, not a critical study of either Katharine Hepburn's life or her career... more than my remembrances, this book intends to convey hers." This is Hepburn the way Hepburn wanted to be seen and few people will have qualms about that since, as she was famously quoted as saying, "I'm endlessly fascinating." Berg charts their growing friendship from 1983 onward, recounting personal stories of their interactions (as a producer on her final film, Love Affair, he expertly skewers Warren Beatty) and retelling familiar tales of Kate lore on and off-screen. One of the funniest incidents narrator Goldwyn nimbly reenacts is a fumbling meeting between Michael Jackson and his "favorite movie star," whose films he had obviously not seen. Listeners will enjoy Goldwyn's smooth reading of Berg's tight, evocative prose. There were few lulls in Hepburn's long life and the same can be said for this audio package, which should be a holiday gift favorite. Based on the Dutton hardcover. (Oct.) Forecast: This audio book may face some tough competition from Hepburn's recently reissued 1992 memoir Me: Stories of My Life (Random Audio, abridged), which is read, with aplomb, by Hepburn herself. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

From Library Journal:

Pulitzer Prize winner Berg (Lindbergh) wrote this authorized memoir of Katharine Hepburn with her stipulation that it not be published until right after her death. He met the famously private actress in 1983 when he convinced her to collaborate on a magazine article that they decided later not to publish. But a close friendship developed between them that lasted for the rest of her life. Frequent visits to her townhouse in Manhattan's Turtle Bay and Fenwick, her family home in Connecticut, afforded the admiring but clear-eyed Berg the opportunity to observe Hepburn in her natural habitat. From this friendship grew the present work, which succinctly chronicles both Hepburn's later years and her rise to fame on the stage and in Hollywood. Berg seamlessly weaves past and present into an engaging portrait; of equal interest are Hepburn's takes on her long life in Hollywood. Berg likens Hepburn to his pelican, "this unusual creature that was so much a part of the Hollywood landscape but somehow always flapping above it." In this charming book, he manages to bring her down to earth. Kate Remembered will help us keep the perdurable star in our midst. Recommended for all fans of Hepburn and Hollywood.-Edward Cone, New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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