Kate Remembered by A. Scott Berg

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 6 Critic Reviews



For seven decades Katharine Hepburn played a leading role in the popular culture of the twentieth century - reigning as an admired actress, a beloved movie star, and a treasured icon of the modern American woman. She also remained one of the most private of all the public figures of her time.

In 1983 - at the age of seventy-five, her career cresting - the four-time Academy Award winner opened the door to biographer A. Scott Berg - then thirty-three - and began a special friendship, one that endured to the end of her illustrious life.

From the start, Scott Berg felt that Katharine Hepburn intended his role to be not just that of a friend but also of a chronicler, a confidant who might record for posterity her thoughts and feelings. Over the next twenty years, Kate used their many hours together to reveal all that came to mind, often reflecting on the people and episodes of her past, occasionally on the meaning of life.

Here are the stories from those countless intimate conversations, and much more. In addition to recording heretofore untold biographical details of her entire phenomenal career and her famous relationships with such men as Spencer Tracy and Howard Hughes, Kate Remembered also tells the amusing, often emotional story of one of the most touching friendships in her final years. Scott Berg provides his own memories of Katharine Hepburn offstage - quiet dinners in her town house in New York City, winter swims (she swam, he watched) in the Long Island Sound at Fenwick, her home in Connecticut, weekend visits with family members and dear friends...even some unusual appearances by the likes of Michael Jackson and Warren Beatty. Finally, Kate Remembered discusses the legendary actress's moving farewell, during which her mighty personality surrendered at last to her failing body - all the while remaining true to her courageous character.

Kate Remembered is a book about love and friendship, family and career, Hollywood and Broadway - all punctuated by unforgettable lessons from an extraordinary life.

About A. Scott Berg

See more books from this Author
A. Scott Berg is the author of four bestselling biographies: Max Perkins: Editor of Genius, winner of the National Book Award; Goldwyn; Lindbergh, winner of the Pulitzer Prize; and Kate Remembered. He lives in Los Angeles.
Published September 7, 2004 by Berkley. 392 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Education & Reference, Parenting & Relationships, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Non-fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Kate Remembered

The Guardian

See more reviews from this publication

Hepburn ostracised her friend, Garson Kanin, for 20 years after he'd invaded her privacy by writing the memoir, Tracy and Hepburn, but she speaks frankly to Berg of her 25-year love affair with the 'manly' Tracy, telling him of the one occasion when the drunken Spencer struck her in the face, and...

Jul 26 2003 | Read Full Review of Kate Remembered

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

Even those who've read many Hepburn biographies will find Berg's immersion in the actor's world engrossing, full of crisply-voiced takes on old Hollywood and intimate looks at her everyday life.

| Read Full Review of Kate Remembered

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

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).

| Read Full Review of Kate Remembered

Book Reporter

But in just seven short introductory pages --- their first meeting --- Berg overcomes his anxiety, succumbs to her charms, and launches what would grow to be a twenty-year friendship.

Jan 22 2011 | Read Full Review of Kate Remembered

Entertainment Weekly

No sooner does a comment from Hepburn friend (and Berg confidante) Irene Mayer Selznick suggest sexual relationships with women than Berg drifts from the subject with the canny vagueness Hepburn herself might have employed.

Jul 25 2003 | Read Full Review of Kate Remembered

London Review of Books

‘You have everything it takes to make a lovely woman,’ her erring father says, ‘except the one essential – an understanding heart.’ The understanding heart sounds a bit like the double standard in sexual affairs, but this is 1940.

| Read Full Review of Kate Remembered

Reader Rating for Kate Remembered

An aggregated and normalized score based on 151 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review