The Spirit of Independence
March 7-13 Edition
A friend of mine, a musician who is in one of my amateur short films, likes biographies. When we went to visit his house by the sea in Cebu after my marriage last May, he regaled us with the oft-repeated untold stories of Imelda Marcos and Marilyn Monroe.
My birthday gift to him is A. Scott Berg's bestselling Kate Remembered, the touching story of the immortal screen icon Katharine Hepburn.
“Kate" Hepburn is perhaps the most successful, and many say is the best, actress in the history of Hollywood. She still holds the record as the winner of an unprecedented four Academy Awards for Best Actress. A rebel at heart, she defied convention by never attending the ceremonies except once.
During the 1974 Oscar Awards, the entire industry was electrified as she appeared to present the prestigious Irving Thalberg Memorial Award to Lawrence Weingarten. One of her long-time close friends, Weingarten is the producer of George Cukor's 1949 classic Adam's Rib, which starred what may be the most beloved and most enduring screen partners in the history of film: Hepburn and Spencer Tracy.
The audience, among them some of the most famous movie stars in the world, rose as one in stunned awe.
To Be Continued