Friday, July 10, 2009

Oh, Katharine...

I watched Guess Who's Coming To Dinner yesterday, and am again reminded of how amazing Katharine Hepburn is.  Wow.  To watch her, Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier, and Katharine Houghton, (who was Katharine Hepburn's niece; who knew?) act together; it was magical.  I read online that Sidney Poitier was so nervous to act in front of Spencer and Katharine, that he instead did most of his lines to two high-back chairs.  Interesting.  Knowing that Spencer Tracy died shortly after filming, (I believe it was within two weeks of wrapping) was also sad to discover.  The final speech scene took one week to film.  The cast all stood around and clapped when Spencer finished it.  

My favorite line:  when Katharine ousts her employee from the gallery, and she walks her out to her car:  "Don't speak, Hilary, just drive..."  Katharine has the most amazing hand motions in this scene.  I think if you were trying to describe Katharine to someone and didn't know how to do it, you could show them these five words with accompanying gestures and you would see what "cool" is.  It is so awesome.

How's this for sad trivia:  Katharine Hepburn never saw the complete movie...she was too sad to watch Spencer Tracy act.  Wow.  Also, Katharine had to help finance this movie, since the studio didn't think Spencer would survive to the end of filming.

My next assignment:  watch On Golden Pond...again.  I have seen that one a lot more often than the previously mentioned movie.  

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