[Item #6318] Katharine Hepburn. Barbara Leaming, Katharine Hepburn.
Katharine Hepburn
Katharine Hepburn
Katharine Hepburn
Katharine Hepburn

Katharine Hepburn

ISBN: 0517592843
New York, NY, USA: Crown Publishers, 1995. First American Edition. Hardcover. “Barbara Leaming has discovered thousands of never-before-seen documents that finally illuminate the mystery of this enigmatic, fascinating woman. Growing up in a family shadowed by suicide and madness, Kate was unaware of her family’s tragic history until the day—she was thirteen—she discovered her brother hanging dead in the attic. His death—and the heritage that might have explained it—was never talked of again, leaving Kate with unresolved questions that have haunted her ever since.” Barbara Leaming (b. 1943?), the popular & prolific American biographer of larger-than-life historical figures including Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth (see our item #6320), brings us yet another in-depth view at one of America’s cinematic treasures from the past century, Katherine Hepburn (1907-2003). This fascinating woman so publicly on display remained a mystery for many, and now Leaming brings to the spotlight Hepburn’s private life and inner world, including two sections of glossy black-and-white photos from her childhood and her career in Hollywood. Diving deeply into her upbringing and family history, Leaming references letters to and from Hepburn and various family and friends as well as interviews with the icon herself. The American Film Institute named her “the greatest American screen legend” among females in 1999, and Hepburn continued to act into her 80s until her ill-health prevented her from working. After a single marriage and divorce, she intentionally remained unmarried (though she had relationships) and had no children. As she navigated the industry through the decades, critics tried to tear her down, rumors and speculation about her personal life ran rampant, and she is widely believed to have been not as heterosexual as most wanted to believe. Pull back the curtain with Leaming and discover the mystery of Katharine Hepburn. From the collection of Barbara (1935-2023) & Irving (1933-2018) Nusbaum - world travelers, connoisseurs, eminent collectors of art & books, and the dearly beloved late parents of our esteemed founder, Arthur S. Nusbaum. Hardcover in unclipped first-issue dust jacket (with “4/95” on back flap and “$27.50” price on front flap): First American Edition, as stated on copyright page (published simultaneously with the First British Edition), First Printing, as indicated by number sequence thereon. Book is in Very Fine condition with minimal edge bumping and pristine pages. Dust jacket is in Fine condition with minor-to-moderate bumping to the fine edges and corners of front, back covers, spine, & flaps; browning from age has started to creep in around the edges, though it’s mostly visible on the white interior, which will be hidden by our protective jacket. An extra handling fee will be added for shipping due to the weight of this item. Very Fine / Fine. [Item #6318]

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