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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,417 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: A. Scott Berg Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2003 ISBN: 9780786558179
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For seven decades Katharine Hepburn played a leading role in the popular culture of the twentieth century—reigning as an admired actress, a beloved movie star, and a treasured icon of the modern American woman. She also remained one of the most private of all the public figures of her time.

In 1983—at the age of 75, her career cresting—the four-time Academy Award winner opened the door to biographer A. Scott Berg—then 33—and began a special friendship, one that endured to the end of her illustrious life. Here are the stories from those countless intimate conversations, and much more. In addition to recording heretofore untold biographical details of her entire phenomenal career and her famous relationships with such men as Spencer Tracy and Howard Hughes, Kate Remembered also tells the amusing, often emotional story of one of the most touching friendships in her final years. Scott Berg provides his own memories of Katharine Hepburn offstage—quiet dinners in her townhouse in New York City, winter swims (she swam, he watched) in the Long Island Sound at Fenwick, her home in Connecticut, weekend visits with family members and dear friends . . . even some unusual appearances by the likes of Michael Jackson and Warren Beatty. Finally, Kate Remembered discusses the legendary actress’s moving farewell, during which her mighty personality surrendered at last to her failing body—all the while remaining true to her courageous character.

Kate Remembered is a book about love and friendship, family and career, Hollywood and Broadway—all punctuated by unforgettable lessons from an extraordinary life.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clairester | 2/16/2014

    " I have always admired Katherine and to read a book about her by someone who actually new her was lovely. Simply beautiful!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie Broyles | 2/7/2014

    " I'm sure this is an unauthorized biography. It's written more as reflections of Kathrine's live. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/7/2014

    " I have owned this book for years but didn't think to add to my list till now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachelle | 2/3/2014

    " Beautiful, amazing woman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 1/30/2014

    " My sister gave me this book years ago. I kept thinking I wouldn't ever read it and I should give it away, but then I'd say no maybe I'll read it. I'm so glad I finally did! I enjoyed it very much. The author really let the personality of Ms Hepburn shine through. And his obvious love for her made this a very enjoyable read. I learned things about an era, half of which I lived though, that I did not know. And obviously I knew the ending, and yet there I was, tearing up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice | 1/21/2014

    " Ok. So Katherine Hepburn smart, lovely, independent, well bred. An actress who grew into her talent and did't apologize for a life well lived. If you like her movies and have wondered about her as a person, this is a good book to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 1/20/2014

    " My favorite book about Katharine Hepburn ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon | 1/16/2014

    " Touching portrait of possibly the greatest actress there has ever been "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dolores | 1/10/2014

    " Good Book. Katharine Hepburn has always been a favorite of mine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 12/21/2013

    " A touching look at Katharine Hepburn's life, told by a friend who loves her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 12/10/2013

    " A really interesting one to read. Of course I had to buy it immediately it was released. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shaun | 12/2/2013

    " Another inside glimpse into a woman who blazed many trails. And the observations about some of our most well-known celebrities are quite funny. A must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Book Concierge | 11/30/2013

    " EXCELLENT memoir of the author's time spent getting to know the fabulous Katherine Hepburn. A love story of sorts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie D'Angelo | 11/25/2013

    " Interesting but not fascinating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Rivera | 11/19/2013

    " Nothing I didn't already know, but gained some insight into why Kate was so independent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackied | 11/18/2013

    " Great Katherine Hepburn biography. Berg is fair with her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phyl Richards | 6/4/2013

    " Wonderful Katherine Hepburn "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katie Hanrahan | 6/3/2013

    " I hope there's something about Kate Hepburn coming up soon. I didn't pick up the book to find out about the author's life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 5/4/2013

    " Beautiful life. Beautiful person. Beautiful story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 3/19/2013

    " Katharine Hepburn is my favorite movie star! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clarissa | 2/18/2013

    " Well worth the read. Technically a biography of Katharine Hepburn, but arranged as a collection of memories of the author based on conversations with her. Despite the fact that there was little in Katharine Hepburn that is admirable or worth emulation, I find her very fascinating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 B.D. Tharp | 7/29/2012

    " I've always loved Katherine Hepburn so when I found this at the used bookstore I had to have it. I really enjoyed Berg's perceptions on Kate. She sounds fascinating. And you get an insiders view of early Hollywood and stardom. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 7/14/2012

    " This book is really good and it's got really interesting facts. The relationship b/t Scott and Kate is fun and quirky. And the insight on Kate's life and her relationships was so interesting. You can't help but like her even more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judith | 1/8/2012

    " A woman I have always loved - feisty and not afraid to speak her mind at a time when women didn't!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elaine Sheetz | 11/21/2011

    " What was nice about this book was the fact that the author actually spent time with Ms. Hepburn and told the story from a personal point of view. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 8/30/2011

    " This book was a great insight from someone elses perpective of Kate Hepburn. I love reading about famous individuals and Scott Berg did a fantastic job writing about her life as she told him and also their interactings together. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtney | 8/13/2011

    " An interesting book writtten from a friends point of view about an American Icon: Katharine Hepburn. It made me want to see all of her movies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexa | 5/4/2011

    " love. Love. LOVE Katharine Hepburn. A MUST READ about an extraordinary, outspoken, and brilliant woman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanne | 4/22/2011

    " I have always been a fan of Katharine Hepburn. This book gave a rare insight into her life. I will add this book to my "read again" list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bev | 3/6/2011

    "
    A fascinating look at the life of one of Hollywood's finest.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtney | 2/26/2011

    " An interesting book writtten from a friends point of view about an American Icon: Katharine Hepburn. It made me want to see all of her movies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 B.d. | 12/29/2010

    " I've always loved Katherine Hepburn so when I found this at the used bookstore I had to have it. I really enjoyed Berg's perceptions on Kate. She sounds fascinating. And you get an insiders view of early Hollywood and stardom. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Spinster | 11/17/2010

    " Enjoyed very much. Made me want to watch old movies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexa | 9/1/2010

    " love. Love. LOVE Katharine Hepburn. A MUST READ about an extraordinary, outspoken, and brilliant woman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marjan | 7/28/2010

    " I love biographies and this one was as well written as any I've read. I like getting insight into celebrity life and Miss Hepburn was certainly a class act, a real star. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheila | 4/26/2010

    " Loved her as an actress and wanted to know more about her private life. It was worth reading. I am reading for the second time now. I own this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hunybe | 4/14/2010

    " I prefer autobiographies, but one that was dictated to a friend to jot down is just as good. If you are a fan of Kate's, you'll absolutely love it. "

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About the Author

Andrew Scott Berg is a Pulitzer Prize–winning American biographer. After graduating from Princeton University in 1971, he expanded his senior thesis on editor Maxwell Perkins into a full-length biography, Max Perkins: Editor of Genius, which won a National Book Award. His third book, a highly anticipated biography of aviator Charles Lindbergh, was published in 1998 and became a New York Times bestseller, and won the Pulitzer Prize for a biography.