Katharine Hepburn

Those of you who know me well, know that one of my main inspirations as an artist, and indeed, as a human being, is the legendary actress Katharine Hepburn. A leading lady of a classier age, she came to define not only the ideal to attain as a performer – but she transcended that, and became the face of cinema itself. If awards are anything to go by, then her record of 4 Best Actress Oscars (out of 12 nominations) says it all. She has worked with the greatest actors to ever grace the face of the silver screen. From her early 1930’s screwball comedies and screen chemistry with Cary Grant (“Holiday”, “Bringing Up Baby”, “The Philadelphia Story”), through to her more daring roles in the 40’s (“Woman Of The Year”, “Adam’s Rib”, “Desk Set” – opposite Spencer Tracy) and the 50’s (“Suddenly, Last Summer” – opposite Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift, “The African Queen” – opposite Humphrey Bogart), into her elegant middle-aged roles of the 60’s (“Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner” – opposite Spencer Tracy and Sidney Poitier, “The Lion In Winter” – opposite Peter O’Toole) and finally to her twilight, 1981 Oscar winning performance in “On Golden Pond” (opposite Henry Fonda). She acted in every style imaginable, from Greek to Avantgarde. She even played Coco Chanel in a Broadway Musical. And, finally, she became the first Oscar-winning actress to be played onscreen by another Oscar-winning actress, in Cate Blanchett’s career-defining turn as Hepburn in “The Aviator” (2004). One could say that this was really Hepburn’s fifth Oscar…

A feisty, outspoken, driven, uncompromising, passionate, relentless artist, Katharine Hepburn serves as the benchmark all artists should aspire to. But the most important, and interesting thing about her is that the very qualities that made her into the icon she is now – were the things she was initially despised for. A woman far ahead of her times, she quite literally “wore the trousers” in a Hollywood dominated by old-fashioned mentalities and figureheads. And she set an example for many women to follow. Not many people realize that Hepburn was one of the first women to wear trousers instead of skirts.

“Anytime I hear a man say he prefers a woman in a skirt, I say ‘try one. Try a skirt’ ” – KATHARINE HEPBURN 🙂

Let me tell you something, ladies. Not all guys out there are shallow bastards. Those of us that aren’t, prefer a Hepburnesque girl a MILLION times over a fake-tanned, platinum-blonde one that looks like Paris Hilton. Real guys want real beauty. And that can only be found on the inside, in a great personality. Hepburn herself wasn’t necessarily the conventional beauty either. But her beauty came primarily from the beauty of her character. Perhaps it is worth to take note of this, in today’s overly-materialistic times…

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