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Kate Remembered

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  4,085 ratings  ·  208 reviews
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 seventy-five, her career cresting - the four-time Academy
Published September 7th 2004 by Berkley Trade (first published 2003)
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Kate Remembered - A. Scott Berg – 20120804

I have read this biography twice, or actually read it once and listened to it once. It might very well be the best biography I have ever read.

Having first read the book from the library (and then purchasing it) I was to leave on a business trip and saw the audio book at the library. During my long drive I listened to the audio book.

Either version is highly, HIGHLY, recommended by me. The twists and turns, names and dates, understanding of the film indust
Jul 15, 2007 Barbara rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kate Hepburn fans
Shelves: biography
This is not an objective book about Katherine Hepburn and the author makes this clear up front. This is an homage to a friend by a friend who happens to be a writer. In a way, this makes it more enjoyable and fun to read for a Kate Hepburn fan. There are no new revelations, but then Hepburn revealed all while she was alive. So this is just a fun read that feels like you were invited to sit in while friends talked.
I thought this book had some really great moments and was perfect in that it was written by a close friend of kh's(not some random biographer), but also a person renowned for writing biographies. A little too much about the writer at the beginning, but all and all very fun to read about the amazing personality that was katharine hepburn. I made a list of must-see old movies to rent while reading.
Donna Davis
A. Scott Berg started out to write a magazine article for Esquire, and he wanted to include Hepburn. Knowing she seldom saw people, he got in touch with mutual friends in the hope it would open the gate for him.

It took a long time, but once the gate was open, it was open wide. Hepburn introduced him to her housemate and assistant as "my biographer", and his chin fell on the floor. The relationship began in the 1980's, and she made it clear that he was not to publish it until after her death.

I st
Morgan Wiley
I loved every bit of this book. Every page. Every word. Mr. Berg made me laugh the whole way through his journey of his friendship with Ms. Hepburn. It's not a thousand pages about her youth or a troubled personal life, etc. It's a poignant, well-pieced together story of a woman who knew exactly what she wanted out of life. Mr. Berg's description of Kate made me want to be her best friend, to be like her, to know her through and through. I often find myself reading biographies but having no opin ...more
Mar 03, 2008 Sydney rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Katharine Hepburn fans
Recommended to Sydney by: Pat Gohring (My Mom)
I don't generally enjoy Biography, but this was different. Katharine Hepburn has always been one of my favorite actresses. She was such a strong, modern woman. She wasn't without flaws, but she was such a presence both on and off screen. Author Berg became part of her inner circle after convincing her to do an interview for Esquire magazine. He painted such an intimate portrait of her life. On the jacket of the book, he says he can't call this a biography, because he got too close to Hepburn to ...more
Oct 22, 2007 Angie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of old movies
I am a huge fan of Katharine Hepburn and found this book excellent at sharing her compelling life story. She meets and befriends so many odd famous people from the 1930s into the 2000s. I was simply mesmerized. The author's eloquent words appeared truthful and graceful, as Miss Hepburn.
Such a great book! It's very personal, and not unbiases--which is the main part of the fun. I love Katharine Hepburn anyway, and it's good that I didn't read this with my netflix queue in the same room. If you're at all interested in Hollywood history, this is a must read!
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.
Hilary Knause
this is the best biography on katherine hepburn out there. she became friends with the author before he became her biographer so there is a much more personal feel to the book than most biographies. i enjoyed every minute of this book.
Good book. She was such a brilliant and beautiful actor..always spoke her mind and never minced wowrds. My favorite movie of hers was "The African Queen", and she talks a lot about the time spent on this movie.
Jessica Morse
Jan 27, 2008 Jessica Morse rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: yes
Everything I could want to know about Katherine Hepburn.Berg captured the essence of who she was throughout her life on and off the screen. I received the hard over the day after it came out, when she died in 2003.
Not the type of book I would normally read, initially I thought that it was not too bad. It is indeed as the author states a personal biography that is heavily influenced by his personal acquaintance and interactions with Katharine Hepburn. It is very readable but it does not concentrate enough on the subject of the biography. A. Scott Berg tends to weave in his own personal acquaintances with other Hollywood celebrities and indeed devotes a significant number of words to the life and opinions o ...more
Although this book is not bad it does seem a little pointless since about 95% of information in it was already available in Katharines autobiography 'Me'. The other part is about the author and is self serving. He goes on about the other famous people he knew, how great his other books are, and how great Kate thought he was. He's not unlikeable but does seem a little into himself. The strange part is he helped Kate put together her book so he knew exactly what was in it. Why did he feel the need ...more
Diane Walters
Some reviewers have stated that they were disappointed in the writing of this book - that there was too much of the author's story mixed in with Ms. Hepburn's. I really enjoyed that part of the author's story. It added something new to the already known facts that "we" lovers of Hepburn already knew, many times over. The title of the book came to mind . . . should Berg have changed it to insinuate that part of the story was his? "I Remembered Kate," perhaps? I don't believe so. It's a fine title ...more
I liked this book. But I went into it knowing very little about Kate. I really liked the beginning and the end, but the middle kind of dragged for me. I thought there was too much spent on, which actors were in every movie she made. I liked the stories about her life, but some of the parts about her career read too much like a resume for my tastes. She was a very interesting woman!
I love bios. I love Hollywood. So, reading a bio about one of Hollywood's greatest actresses wasn't too much a stretch. I really enjoyed this one because the author actually respects the person he is writing about and just doesn't go for the juicy dirt, expose-style bio. You can find out about people without breaking their trust, which is exactly what Berg did here. Excellent bio.
Total guilty pleasure and an easy read while visiting with family. I am fascinated with Hollywood during the studio era when she was beginning her career and she was such an amazing character. This was a relatively schmaltzy but endearing and interesting read. I recommend it for fans of the lady and of pop culture.
I have alway love Katharine Hepburn so when this book came out I had to get it. A book about an extraordinary life that is true to her courageous character.
Stephanie Montgomery
This is the most enjoyable book I have ever listened to on Audible. Listening to Tony Goldwyn (who, it was pointed out to me before I read it, is Samuel Goldwyn's grandson) read this book truly enhanced my enjoyment of it. It is also somewhat of a memoir, as Scott Berg "remembers" his friendship with Kate. I liked him, so his Pulitzer Prize winning "Lingbergh" is next on my nonfiction reading list. If you love Katharine Hepburn, you will love this book. Thank you Nick Harvill for the recommendat ...more
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I found this book far more revealing than Kate's autobiography, "Me." In her book, her cagey personality keeps the reader at arm's length. The fact that the author was a close friend of Kate Hepburn added greatly to the value of this book. I looked for but did not find any self-serving passages as some critics have posited. Instead, this biography unveils a real insider quality missing from many biographies. Now on to Mr. Berg's biography of President Wilson.
Just last week I read a quote by or about Katharine Hepburn. For the life of me, I can not recall where I ran across the quote or even what it dealt with. Nevertheless, it piqued my interest in reading about Katharine Hepburn.
My local library is small (can you believe, not supported by tax dollars?), but offered three biographies of Katharine Hepburn. I chose Kate Remembered by A. Scott Berg due to name recognition, having read his Lindbergh biography.
Not a film buff or idolizer of movie stars,
Some idiot trying to make a few bucks off Kate's death and brag about his 30+ year so-called friendship with her. Was not impressed. Was even less impressed when he claimed that it took him THREE WEEKS to write the last chapter.... and had the date and time Kate died...yet it was IN MY HANDS in less than TWO weeks after it her death...which means....ta-dah...this idiot flat out lied....which makes me wonder what else he lied about.

I do know one thing, that if Katharine Hepburn had known the cont
Based on the style Berg uses, I'm tempted to read his biography on Goldwyn as well (if it's told in any fashion like this). He narrates this biography as a friend, not a biographer, the result being a more gentle tale of the woman. And he captures the spirit of a woman, rather than a legend.

Several times I laughed out loud. In the beginning he describes her impatience with people by simply describing how mad she once got at him because he sucked at being her partner in a game of Parcheesi.

Or her
This is not your average biography, where the whole thing is a narrative of the person's life. Rather, this is the story of the friendship between the author (a noted biographer) and the subject, with the life story of the subject woven in.

Scott Berg and Katharine Hepburn became friends in 1983, and while it was never explicit that he would write this biography, she shared stories of her life with him in such a way that it was clear she expected them to be recorded in some fashion. Berg uses the
It would be impossible for all biographers to have this experience with their subjects: negotiate a first meeting for quotes about your current biographical subject and run into resistance; determine to write a short magazine piece about the person and begin developing a good rapport with the subject, abandon the magazine project but begin keeping notes on the person and spending large chunks of time staying in the person's home with them and eating meals. 20 years after you have met and your su ...more
Incredible Quote: "My father said that his children were so shy because they were afraid they were going to a party and they were not going to be either the bride or the corpse. And he may be right. I can't think of a single, logical defense of someone who occupies a position in the industry that they refuse to go to the biggest celebration that the industry has to offer. I think it's unpardonable, but I do it...I have no defense" Katharine Hepburn, pgs. 99-100

I picked the quote that I did to h
A very unusual biography in that the author became great friends with Katherine Hepburn over the last 20 years of her life. It's strange to realize that someone as famous as Hepburn -- and as much in the public eye as she was -- was relatively alone and isolated in her later years.

Katherine Hepburn seems to have been exactly the person she seemed to be: remarkably little pretense for a person whose stock in trade is role-playing.

Berg's friendship with his subject means that we get to see the rea
 Barb Bailey
As a casual but authoritative survey of Hepburn's career, Berg's book offers little new information to anyone who's read previous Hepburn biographies or Me: Stories of My Life, Hepburn's bestselling 1991 memoir. But the duality of Berg's title reinforces his purpose: "More than my remembrances," writes Berg in his author's note, "this book intends to convey hers." As such, Kate Remembered offers a rare, unvarnished portrait of one of the 20th century's most influential women, achieving a person ...more
Berg's real problem is that he only knew Katharine Hepburn at the end of her life, but then again I doubt she would have had time for him prior to that period. This is a once-over-lightly memoir, perfectly enjoyable to read. But it is what it is, which is to say a friend's recollection of a woman who was clearly fascinating at one point in her life, perhaps not as much during the twilight years. Characters that she knew pop in and out of the book. Some of them seem more interesting than Hepburn, ...more
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“Most of the Hartford crowd had left Fenwick by mid-September, but the big wooden Hepburn house, built on brick piles, was more than a summer cottage. Kate intended to stay there indefinitely—until the afternoon of the twenty-first, when a hurricane, which had been threatening the eastern seaboard all week, gusted northward, heading right for the Connecticut River. Kate swam and golfed that morning, but by the afternoon, the waters had turned ferocious, swamping the lawn and pounding against the house. After the chimneys toppled, the windows imploded, and a wing of the house snapped off, Kate, her mother, her brother Dick, and the cook fled to higher ground. They looked back and saw their uprooted house wash out to sea.
'I think,' said Kate looking back on that entire year, 'God was trying to tell me something.”
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