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Kate Remembered | [A. Scott Berg]

Kate Remembered

For seven decades Katharine Hepburn played a leading role in the popular culture of the 20th 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.
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Publisher's Summary

For seven decades Katharine Hepburn played a leading role in the popular culture of the 20th 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 75, her career cresting, the four-time Academy Award-winner opened the door to biographer A. Scott Berg, then 33, and began a special friendship, one that endured to the end of her illustrious 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.

©2003 A. Scott Berg; (P)2003 Putnam Berkley Audio and BBC Audiobooks America

What the Critics Say

"Berg's immersion in the actor's world [is] engrossing, full of crisply-voiced takes on old Hollywood and intimate looks at [Hepburn's] everyday life....Berg is true to his subject and lets her voice come through in every quote." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Chris Spokane, WA, United States 09-29-05
    Chris Spokane, WA, United States 09-29-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Worth a listen"

    Although it begins a little slowly, this is a fascinating look at Hepburn through the eyes of someone who knew her well in later life. It's not the usual celebrity bio, in that it focuses on Hepburn's strong friendships and her relationship with her family as well as the Hollywood years. The narrator does a good job of evoking the voices of Hepburn and others.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gayle Richardson, TX, USA 06-14-05
    Gayle Richardson, TX, USA 06-14-05 Member Since 2002
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    "A treat for Katharine Hepburn fans"

    This is a wonderful story of a friendship with this remarkable woman. I've always admired her, and truly enjoyed A. Scott Berg's insights and stories. It is made even better by the masterful narration of Tony Goldwyn. When he quotes Katharine Hepburn, you don't have to know who the book is about to recognize the "voice".

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    J. Kauffman Haddonfield, NJ USA 11-16-05
    J. Kauffman Haddonfield, NJ USA 11-16-05 Listener Since 2004
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    "Absolutely enthralling!!!!"

    One of the best audio books I have ever heard - Scott Berg is brilliant in depcting his long and fascinating relationship with Hepburn and Tony Goldwyn is spot on as the voice of Hepburn!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Amarillo, TX, USA 08-26-05
    Michelle Amarillo, TX, USA 08-26-05
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    "TRULY HEARTWARMING"

    I don't usually read nonfiction but this one caught my eye because I simply adore Kate Hepburn. A. Scott Berg did a wonderful job of bringing out the real Kate Hepburn for everyone to know. I don't think anyone can go wrong purchasing this book. It was over before I knew it and I found myself wanting more of the Hepburns and Mr. Berg to write it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Shelly Kent City, MI, USA 05-21-09
    Shelly Kent City, MI, USA 05-21-09 Member Since 2006
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    "A "must listen" for Kate fans!"

    This boigraphy flows very well and narrator was engaging. The author depicted the real Kate to be just as strong as the characters she played onscreen. Author did not emphasize any significant event or traits that shaped Kate's personality and character from which one could learn and model themselves, however it was a pleasant listen that I think any fan of Kate would enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Taliadoros Maine 02-03-09
    J. Taliadoros Maine 02-03-09 Member Since 2005

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    "Excellent"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this well written book. A. Scott Berg interjects the story of Katharine Hepburn's life and career with anecdotes of his own personal friendship with the legendary actress, giving the book a wonderful balance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Fancy Farm, KY, USA 06-12-08
    Cynthia Fancy Farm, KY, USA 06-12-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Kate Remembered"

    I don't always like authors who write a biography in first person but this wasn't bad. I enjoyed his relationship with Ms. Hepburn.

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    Patricia League City, TX, United States 01-12-06
    Patricia League City, TX, United States 01-12-06 Member Since 2002
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    "Very Moving"

    This book seemed a little self-serving for the author, however, it is obvious that he was a huge part of Kate's life. Their repartee and interactions were great examples of her personality and character. The narrator did an excellent job. Definately worth reading.

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    Amazon Customer 11-22-05 Member Since 2002
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    "Too much Scott Berg"

    I enjoyed this book for the most part however the author pushed himself into the book too much. He tries too hard to let everyone know about his opinions and his friendship with K.H. more than he focuses on K.H. herself. The narrator did a great job, and makes the book more enjoyable than it would have been without him.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 01-17-11
    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 01-17-11 Member Since 2003
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    "Why Do I Bother"

    I keep buying these kinds of books and am always dissappointed. I love Hepburn as an actress. But this author seemed to be trying to say "See how wonderful I am because I knew her." He wasn't wonderful just for that. And as much as he offered personal insights, it is not a thrlling biography. Watch her movies to be entertained by her, rather than reading this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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