Katharine Hepburn by Barbara Leaming

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Unlike Me, the best-selling personal memoir in which Katharine Hepburn offered only selected glimpses of her colorful and fascinating life, Barbara Leaming offers a comprehensive, full-scale, richly documented biography of America's last great actress. This is an intimate and candid portrait of a true Hollywood original. Black-and-white inserts.

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Barbara Leaming is a "New York Times" bestselling author. Her biography of John F. Kennedy was the first to detail the extraordinary influence of Winston Churchill on President Kennedy's intellectual formation and political strategies. She lives in Connecticut.
Published April 11, 1995 by Crown. 549 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Education & Reference, Business & Economics, History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction

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The Hepburn family lived through five suicides: Tom's and those of Hepburn's maternal grandfather and three uncles.

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Entertainment Weekly

Katharine Hepburn is known for her brisk style and independence, but with that independence has come an aura of impenetrability.

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Leaming's pursuit of her thesis often plods unfortunately, and the focus on Hepburn's family and her subsequent relationships with Ford and Tracy means there's too little about Hepburn's work and day-to-day life.

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London Review of Books

Leaming has written a new and interesting story, although it is one which gives a disproportionate amount of weight to Hepburn’s family background and shows little of the person we know from the movies.

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