Katharine Hepburn’s paradise

“Paradise to me is getting up at four-thirty or five o’clock in the morning. The house is absolutely quiet and I’ll have a big roaring fire and I’ll just stay in bed and have a great big breakfast: bacon, chicken livers, steak and eggs, that kind of food. And orange juice and a big pot of coffee. Then I just stay in bed and do my script reading or my writing or whatever I have to do. Then I watch the sun rise. From December 21 to June 21, right to left, you’ll see a sunrise in each window as the months pass. Oh, golly, Paradise.”

Bryson, John. The Private World of Katharine Hepburn. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 1990. 45. Print.


Dear Spence,

“Why the escape hatch?”

The Spencer Tracy Legacy premiered at a private event (a scholarship fundraiser for his alma mater American Academy of Performing Arts) held at New York’s Majestic Theater on March 3, 1986, and was aired on WNET a few days later. It earned two Emmys for the production team, but more importantly Hepburn was deluged with sympathetic cards from well-wishing fans grateful for the honest glimpse she’d shared about her life with Tracy.


Katharine Hepburn on altruism

“I’ve never felt the slightest interest in the ‘next world’. I think it’s here, and I think anything good that you’re going to do, you should do for other people here, and not do anything to make yourself have a happy time in the next world.”

—Katharine Hepburn

On June 29, 2003, Hepburn died of natural causes at Fenwick, the Hepburn family home in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. She was 96 years old, and was buried in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford, Connecticut in the family plot. In honor of her extensive theater work, the lights of Broadway were dimmed for an hour. In 2004, in accordance with Hepburn’s wishes, her personal effects were put up for auction with Sotheby’s in New York.

“Season 6, Episode 23.” The Dick Cavett Show. ABC, Los Angeles. 2 Oct. 1973.