Kate: A Centennial Celebration at the National Portrait Gallery

Katherine Hepburn and a construction man
Katherine Hepburn and a construction man | Source

Allow Me to Present the Highly Regarded Katherine Hepburn

Washington, DC has many shrines, commemorative plaques and museums that celebrate the people, places and events that have shaped our nation.

Notable Katherine Hepburn (1907-2003) is a part of a centennial gallery depicting her celebrated contribution to film, and inspiring women of her time at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery!

She was a pulsating actress who shaped a glamorous image the day she entered Hollywood in 1932 for more than sixty years of her acting career, until she died at a ripe age of 96. She led a private life from the time she was a girl and up through with Dick Tracy following her divorce to Ludlow Ogden Smith.

Unfortunately, she never had any children! Many times she refused to mingle with the public! Even so, people feted her career, and she earned twelve Academy Award nominations, and extraordinarily won, four Best Actress Oscars. The vivacious Katherine Hepburn modeled down a runway wearing trousers, when it was not fashionable for women to wear pants in the 1920s!

Katherine Hepburn literally helped shape today's women, and she's deemed a significant person who changed the world for her headstrong contribution to film and stage.

Included in the exhibition are four of Katherine Hepburn's Best Actress awarding Oscar films (Morning Glory, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, The Lion in Winter, and On Golden Pond, filmed in 1981) with video kiosk clips of nine of her films. Her family is currently bidding for her estate, which is in a dreadful probate court!

Katherine Hepburn in My Fair Lady
Katherine Hepburn in My Fair Lady | Source

Katherine Hepburn Was a Fair Lady.

These Oscar films are a commendable variation of Katherine Hepburn’s acting style. I loved the beautiful Cinderella like about her in My Fair Lady; a must see, and entertaining flick indeed! She plays a radiant role of elegance, humor, and wit. All at the expense of being a bit childish at the same instance. This was awfully charming in the early nineteen thirties.

She was a person of intrigue, and I had the pleasure to hoard a collection of her first class commemorative US stamp at a feasible price. I feel honored to have enjoyed her films and to have the opportunity to stash a bit of American history aside during the year of her dreadful passing away.

Morning Glory: I Don't Want to Cause My Family Any Problems, Until I'm Famous!

Guess Who's Coming to Diner: Hilary Gets Permanently Lost.

The Lion in Winter: There'll Be Pork in the Tree Tops Come Morning

On Golden Pond: Darling, Your Wrong About Your Dad.

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Location of the National Portrait Gallery

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The National Portrait Gallery is housed in the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture at Eighth and F streets N.W., Washington, D.

© 2012 Sheila Craan

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