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Me: Stories of My Life

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  8,338 ratings  ·  386 reviews
Admired and beloved by movie audiences for over sixty years, four-time Academy Award-winner Katharine Hepburn is an American classic. Now Miss Hepburn breaks her long-kept silence about her private life in this absorbing and provocative memoir.

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Paperback, 432 pages
Published September 29th 1996 by Ballantine Books (first published 1991)
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Layla
Like listening to your grandma (your crazy, crazy grandma) tell you stories. Except that your grandma is Katharine Hepburn. Except that the stories are replete with digressions about that candy shop she used to visit as a child(of course, it's been torn down now), and that time she went to Italy with that writer and drove his Maserati, except she didn't drive and she needs glasses, and anyway, they almost had sex, but didn't, probably because he was eleven years younger, and also, she's decided...more
Sophie
When I "write" the story of my life, I will also title it ME. This was a gem of a good/bad book.

Chuckle worthy Passages:

Oh, I meant to tell you. I was standing on my head the other day and I got to thinking how probably unusual it is for someone of my age to do this.

Everyone came and we made seventy-five dollars to buy a Victrola for the Navajo Indians.

Putnam was a poet. He was sort of medium-sized and had a very handsome head.

Any kind of English or WASP part I had a good chance for in those...more
Ashley
This is my favorite actress so I will try not to be too biased lol. One of my favorite autobiographies. It isn't a chapter book. It contains different stories of Kate's life as she remembers them. A must have book if you are a Kate fan.
Lee
I've always admired Katherine Hepburn for being ahead of her time and unconventional in many ways. Thought surely this book would focus on her nearly 30 year love affair with Spencer Tracy. However, I barely managed to get through it. Mostly about mundane things, her growing up years, how much she loved and admired her parents and siblings, etc. Spencer only came in at the very end and there was no new ground covered. Lots of tidbits about making of various movies and the people she worked with...more
Jacqueline
Jan 16, 2013 Jacqueline rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Please read it, anyone. Your heart needs these words.


Not sixty seconds ago did I finish reading Katharine's words, all of them, and I am floored with emotions. So many feelings, so many chaotic sensations tumbling through my body that I turn laughably poetic at just trying to express how deeply I am moved.

I've read many novels in my life, many nonfictional works designed to engage me, make me think, entertain me, do something. And, yet, of the no doubt thousand bindings of paper and electronic ink I've perused, never, ever, have I felt as I do now...more
Mary Bellus
I would recommend this book through part 3, but don't bother with the rest. The first 3 parts were pretty good. It was interesting to hear about her life growing up on the East Coast, and how she got into theater and movies. But by part 4 it turned into a random bunch of rambling stories about this person, or that strange conversation. There were two very brief chapters about her relationship with Spencer Tracy. At the end of the first one, she says, "more on Spencer later," but then the second...more
Penny
Ever since I discovered the appeal of classic movies, I have been a fan of Katharine Hepburn. Everything about her was unique and I really enjoyed watching her movies, whether they were full of comedy or bogged down with drama. After visiting a used bookstore, I found this biography and knew I had to read it. I have always wondered about her life and this seemed like the perfect book. To be honest this is the first biography that I chose to read for myself and I completely enjoyed it. Although t...more
Sharon
I loved Katherine Hepburn and have read a lot about her. This is a very interesting account of her life, written with honesty and humility. She was a symbol of the social circle she was brought up in and the times she lived in. Fascinating, sad, triumphant. She lead a life without compromise.
Barbara Rice
God, I tried to slog through this. It's Katherine Hepburn. It ought to be witty and profound and clever, and instead it was tedious and boring and who cares?

I left it in an airport.
Kate
What a cool broad.
Vicky
I was initially undecided about reading this autobiography, since I read several reviews that said it was completely jumbled and very difficult to follow since events weren't retold in chronological order. However, I found it was actually very interesting and the writing style came across as more of a casual, conversational tone. I had never really known much about Katharine Hepburn and I only recently became rather interested in her life and work. She doesn't divulge much personal content, but...more
Jennifer
Interesting, if a bit too quirky in its delivery, too uneven in style. Where it is forthcoming, the information is highly engaging. The problem is, the book is overly cagey, with vast gaps, great leaps in time, as though Ms. Hepburn had huge portions of her life which she did not wish to discuss, and so, rather than providing a smooth and fluid connection through these more-relevant stretches of her life with "ordinariness,"she chose to ignore them completely. (For example, virtually nothing is...more
Patrick
I am forever fascinated by this icon of filmdom, from her personal trials and survival skills, to her trailblazing fashion style, her yankee engenuity,flawless talent, and her ability to just be who she is through it all. I really feel that her words always ring far truer than any bio done on her. She has an uncanny almost dry wit about her, that can be at times self deprecating, and at times an assessment of her opinion of others. Many think her a snob, for her judgements of people and life, bu...more
Brixton
Sep 19, 2010 Brixton rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Brixton by: bookswap
4-stars for the delightful good time spent with Ms Hepburn chatting about this, that, and the other thing, an occasional gem of wisdom popping out now and then almost just by accident. The best stories are the little ones, such as the one about the only guy who stopped to help her and a friend change a tire by the side of the road, and was so busy shitting bricks over his dumb luck that he refused to believe she really was who he thought she was, even after she showed him a piece of mail with he...more
Kim
I wanted to love this book, but I liked it instead. It's a good book, not a great book. I so admire Katharine Hepburn, and always will, but I felt that she had difficulty sharing her personal life after a certain point... a certain age. She didn't share much detail, as others have said, about the relationship she had with Spenser Tracy, and frankly, I found that annoying. Here is this remarkable woman who devotes a great portion of her life to one man, and although their relationship was quite t...more
Khris Sellin
Katharine Hepburn: Glamorous? Beautiful? Sophisticated? Great actress? Yes, yes, yes, and yes. Writer? NO.

I know one reviewer inserted a bunch of silly quotes from the book. I'm just going to put in one: "Oh, I meant to tell you. I was standing on my head the other day and I got to thinking how probably unusual it is for someone of my age to do this." I think she spent too much time standing on her head - it made her a little dizzy, or should I say ditzy.

No, I don't mean that. But that is the t...more
Kristin
I really did enjoy this. Katharine Hepburn's writing style is so..."her." She writes like she speaks and like you imagine she would be like in real life- sort of rambling, random, and start-and-stop (and magnified even more than usual because she was in her 80s when she wrote this).

I loved the parts about her growing up and working with certain directors, etc. in her films. {I have quite a few films to add to my "to see" list now.} I learned a lot about her- I had no idea she was so involved in...more
BeautifulNerd
Another reviewer 'Emily' had this to say and she summed it all up.

"This book is appropriately titled "Me" because that's just about all she cared about. It was both sad and frustrating to see the impact her self-centeredness had on her life and the lives of those around her."

...including her first husband Luddy who she used financially and strung along for years, Spencer Tracy's wife who barely gets an ounce of respect from the woman who shacked up with her husband for 30 years (leaving her to r...more
Terri
I wanted to like this book....but as it went along, I found it difficult to hold my interest. Katherine Hepburn - what a classic! The writing style was was very disjointed and I found it to be wearing to read. After being about a third of the way through it, I had to give up.
Jackie
She was more wild and free spirited than I had imagined her; and her parents were more progressive than I would have thought for that time. I really enjoyed reading about her younger years and her devotion to swimming--no matter what the water temp.
I thought this was well-written and amusing. There was one chapter that was a little hard to follow because it was a giant dialogue and it was hard to follow exactly what was going on.
Iris
'Me: Stories of My Life' is not your ordinary autobiography. Katharine Hepburn tackles it in a way that is uniquely her own. There is no questioning that it is her voice telling you the This 'N' That of her life. She doesn't start with her birth and go from there. Instead she haphazardly meanders from one story to another, sometimes without even finishing her first!

The people who enjoy biographies to be very ABC 123 will not like the format for this one, but for those of you who just want to kno...more
Don Weidinger
your character is power behind, when things fail learn responsibility, gobble up life, honor each other, the privilege to make others happy give prizes to others, too many girls too much curiosity, don’t moan it does no good, earn money for chocolate shoveling snow raking leaves, what is good for long term, row your own boat, splendid charming, get done right be in person, never hate anyone, Hughes too similar want to be famous, Hurricane of 38 car to lagoon house sailed away, rebuilt 3’vs11’, f...more
Mark
If you ever listened or watched Katharine Hepburn being interviewed - this book is just like that only in print. Hepburn had a carefully thought out delivery for sentence she said during an interview. But the words were often delivered in a wandering way. I felt that even single words were intended as metaphors. Certainly her autobiography captures that feel. Also, she was extremely careful never to say anything bad about other people. It was a classy thing to do in an industry known for remembe...more
Kristine Stevens
This book reads like you are sitting down with Katherine Hepburn, having a long chat during afternoon tea. I started out really enjoying the background of her family and her start in performing arts, but quickly lost interest by the time I got to the Movies section where she talks about some of the movies she was in. So many movie titles (and no synopsis of what the movie was about - as if I was expected to have seen them all), names and places that had no meaning to me and not enough informatio...more
Maggie
I read the entire book with her voice in my head.
Loved it!
Amy
Ms. Hepurn's editor was napping on the job.
Jenni Rodriguez
I really loved this book, it's my favorite book of the year so far. I would suggest knowing some things about Ms. Hepburn before reading because some things might be confusing if you don't know about them before. Like the title says this book really is stories (sometimes random)of her life, mostly in chronological order but sometimes not. One of the best things about the book is the way she writes is like the way she talks, making her personality come through with each sentence which allows you...more
Allyson
Jul 27, 2009 Allyson rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those who really enjoy Katharine Hepburn and her work (not casual fans)
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I enjoyed reading about Katharine Hepburn's experiences, but I struggled with her writing style. Overall, the book was worth reading because I gleaned some new insights into Katharine Hepburn's life and especially her outlook on life. However, if I didn't find her very interesting to begin with, I doubt I would've made it past the first few chapters.

You're probably familiar with Hepburn's distinctive speech pattern. The book is written the same way, as if she dictated her memories to someone who...more
Kia
This book is more like a conversation with an elderly relative as they share bits and pieces of their life. It doesn't always flow in a linear way, but you get the gist of their life from the stories.

At first I was distracted by the meandering nature of Hepburn's tales, but then I remembered a lot of the conversations I've had with my grandparents. They told/tell their life stories in much the same way: a photo will bring some memory to mind, a location or event in the world will spark the stor...more
Kelly
Katharine Hepburn is someone I admire greatly and I fully admit to reading this to figure out a little bit more of just what it was that made her tick. She has a very odd and very unique writing style - it's as if she's in conversation with herself. She occasionally doesn't include all of the details, name-drops without meaning to, and frequently interrupts herself. However, it is very much her. It is absolutely her voice and I could almost hear her talking to me as I read.
The parts that I was m...more
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Katharine Houghton Hepburn was an American actress of film, stage, and television. Known for her headstrong independence and spirited personality, Hepburn's career as a Hollywood leading lady spanned more than 60 years. She cultivated a screen persona that matched this public image, and regularly played strong-willed, sophisticated women. Her work came in a range of genres, from screwball comedy t...more
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