10 Life Lessons We Learnt From Katharine Hepburn
Trail-blazing, two-piece suits and the odd tantrum - movie legend Katharine Hepburn was a formidable force. No wonder the BFI has dedicated an entire season to her, including classics like; The Philadelphia Story (1939) and The Lion in Winter (1968).
In our April issue – out now, Marie Claire chats exclusively with critic Hannah McGill and Angela Allen, now 86 years old, who worked on set as a script supervisor onThe African Queen (1951), to share the life lessons that the inimitable Ms Hepburn has all taught us…
1. Show ‘Em Who’s Boss
Angela Allen, then just 20 years old, worked closely with Katharine (or Katy as she calls her) on the set ofThe African Queen.She reveals: ‘She’d say to me “Tell Bogie [co-star, Humphrey Bogart] to go learn the next scene…and the one after!” He’d laugh and say, “Well, if I learn those two I’ll forget the first one.” But she gave the orders.’
2. Don’t Follow Fashion Trends (Set Them!)
Ms Hepburn channeled androgynous chic before it was even cool, pre the Annie Hall and Alexa Chung eras. Critic, Hannah McGill explains, ‘wearing trousers seems like nothing now, but at the time it made a strong statement.’ The fashion rebel once turned up to the Oscars in 1974 to present an award in her gardening clothes and clogs.
3. Embrace Your Individuality
‘One of the roles that really worked for her was inLittle Women, in 1934, playing the tomboy character, Jo.
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