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... "Kate Remembered - A Personal Biography" becomes just that - a very personal insight into a close friend. Every page is tinged with happy reminisces. Even when describing her early years or the evolution of her career, Berg talks about the Kate he knew. Although this may have been the ... Read review
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Published a mere 13 days after the death of Katharine Hepburn, Kate Remembered is best ... more

appreciated as a billet-doux of devoted
friendship. It's a moving study of mutual trust
and admiration between Pulitzer-Prize-winning
biographer A Scott Berg and legendary Hollywood
icon Hepburn, who'd established an instant rapport
in 1983, beginning a 20-year conversation that
blossomed into this enchanting "biographical
memoir".  As a casual but authoritative survey of
Hepburn's career, Berg's book offers little new
information to anyone who's read previous Hepburn
biographies or Me: Stories of My Life, Hepburn's
bestselling 1991 memoir. But the duality of Berg's
title reinforces his purpose: "More than my
remembrances," writes Berg in his author's note,
"this book intends to convey hers." As such, Kate
Remembered offers a rare, unvarnished portrait of
one of the 20th century's most influential women,
achieving a personal intimacy while making the
reader feel welcomed in  Hepburn's private world
of privilege.  Although Berg (the acclaimed
biographer of legendary editor Max Perkins,
producer/mogul Samuel Goldwyn and aviator Charles
Lindbergh) had written all but the final
paragraphs by 2001, Hepburn insisted this book
remain unpublished until after her death, which
came, in quiet dignity at age 96, on June 29,
2003. Given the book's prepublication secrecy,
it's hardly tabloid-worthy, serving instead to
correct or clarify details from Hepburn's glory
days--especially her long-term affair with Spencer
Tracy--while offering choice bits of Hollywood
gossip, Hepburn's frequently scathing assessments
of other actors and amusing encounters with such
luminaries as Michael Jackson and Warren Beatty
(both of whom appear as mock suitors with selfish
motivations). It's a brisk read but a substantial
one, richly emotional and as dignified as Hepburn
herself, whose faults and foibles make her even
more appealing than her beloved public persona.
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A Kate to Remember

AdvantagesA personal sketch of a vigorous woman filled with plenty of insight and information

DisadvantagesIt may not have quite the objectivity some might want from a biography and glosses over her later television films

"...career, Berg talks about the Kate he knew. Although this may have been the older woman, he still manages to sketch the younger Hepburn in a way that doesn't way her down with the older woman's baggage. Although, many of the descriptions of her early years seem to weave in and out of stories about the aging yet vigorous character he knew. This somehow manages to make you feel closer to the real Kate as she is also allowed to comment on her younger ..." Read review
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Author A.Scott Berg
Title Kate Remembered
Genre Biography
Type Non-Fiction
ISBN 0399151648; 0425199096; 0743415639; 1843953889

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