Katharine Hepburn - Thursday, February 5, 2015

Yesterday, the American Treasure Tour blog revisited one of our favorite Golden Age actors - Humphrey Bogart.  It just wouldn't be right for us to ignore the woman regarded by many (notably the American Film Institute) as his equal:  Katharine Hepburn.  Unlike Bogart, Hepburn had a nice, long life, enjoying 96 years, the majority of them making movies.  Famously independent at a time when few women spoke their minds, Hepburn also won four Academy Awards during her illustrious career - more than any other artist to date - for films including Morning Glory, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, The Lion in Winter, and On Golden Pond.  We are glad to have her honored in our collection of famous headshots in the Music Room!

QUESTION:  What was the name of the character Katharine Hepburn played in The Philadelphia Story, which  Hepburn considered helped to revitalize her career?
A)  Tracy Lord
B)  Drew Barrymore
C)  Christina Drayton
D)  Ethel Thayer

WHOOPSIES.  Look, nobody is perfect.  Accidents happen.  Unfortunately, the accident that happened on this day in 1958, just off the coast of Tybee Island, near Savannah, Georgia, was a pretty big one. A U.S. Air Force B-47 plane collided with an F-86 fighter mid-air.  That's bad, but what's worse is that the B-47 was carrying a hydrogen bomb.  After impact, the decision was made to jettison the bomb into the ocean.  The good news is that none of the military personnel were killed in the accident.  The bad thing is that the hydrogen bomb has never been recovered. Somewhere, there is an h-bomb resting under the waves near Savannah.... 

DOUBLE JOY!  Today is the birthday of arguably the most famous conjoined twin sisters ever born.  Daisy and Violet Hilton were born in England in 1908. They were joined near the hip, and to say they had a tough time as kids in an understatement.  They were abandoned by their parents with an abusive "aunt" who put them on display from infancy.  Incredibly talented young women, they sang and played instruments first in circus sideshows, then on the vaudeville circuit, and even in such movies as Freaks and Chained for Life.  Their story has been adapted for the Broadway theater in Sideshow and in documentaries.  We encourage you to learn more about these fascinating, bright women who died outside Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1969 - possibly days apart.

QUOTE:  Plain women know more about men than beautiful women do. - Katharine Hepburn

ANSWER:  A)  Tracy Lord.  Hepburn actually bought the film rights to this play and pitched it to RKO Radio Pictures on condition that she play the lead character.