You're not in Kansas anymore…

Katharine Hepburn

With the risk of turning this into an “oh-look-how-great-everything-was-before,-modern-life-sucks”-blog, we once again go vintage in our search for a worthy Vili Flik Hottie. The time has come to present the amazing Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003) (although introductions may stricly be unnecessary).

The fantastic Ms Hepburn grew up with parents who encouraged her to both develop and speak her mind – not overly common for the time. As an actress, her career began on Broadway before she moved on to Hollywood.

Despite talent, intelligence and good looks, the gorgeous star didn’t have it too easy in Hollywood. After some initial success, she was labelled “box-office poison” due to her unconventional behaviour off screen. For instance, she wore trousers before it was fashionable for women to do so, she rarely wore make-up, and she often refused to pose for photographs. Instead of celebrating her courage, originality and personality, audiences found her shocking (stupid people).

However, when she bought the movie rights to The Philadelphia Story (1940), she cast herself, and also had full control of director and co-star. Who, you ask? Why, Cary Grant of course!

As time went by, and society progressed, the public embraced her, and she is now remembered as one of the greatest screen icons of all time. And rightly so! She is truly one of those actresses you cannot help but fall utterly in love with, no matter the role. (And she admitted herself that most of her roles were very similar to her own personality.) Throughout her career she starred in such films as Bringing Up Baby (1938), Holiday (1938), The Philadelphia Story (1940), The African Queen (1951), Long Day’s Journey into Night (1962), and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967), to mention a few.

She also received twelve Oscar-nominations (with four wins), as well as five BAFTA-nominations, six from the Emmys, eight Golden Globe-nominations and countless other awards. Brains, looks and talent – a true hottie!

Love, Mari


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