|About the Book|
In her remarkable 62-year career, Katharine Hepburn starred in over 40 films, appeared in over 10 Broadway plays, and was nominated for 12 Academy Awards, winning four. Her relationship with actor Spencer Tracy is one of Hollywoods most famous romances- it lasted 25 years until Tracys death in 1967--never mind that Tracy was married to another woman. In her life Hepburn was an icon of feminism and New England[en dash]style forthrightness- as an artist she was a national treasure. Hepburns death on June 29, 2003, at the age of 96 did little to silence the almost century-long conversation about her. But one topic remained taboo, despite Hepburns reputation as being fearlessly honest. Was Katharine Hepburn a lesbian? This biography directly addresses and documents the numerous accounts of Hepburns lesbian affairs, including her relationship with Laura Harding, Jane Loring, Elissa Landi, Irene Mayer Selznick, Phyllis Wilbourn and others. In addition it provides an eye-opening re-examination of the stars most noted love affair. Parrish details how Hepburn spun her relationship with billionaire Howard Hughes to appear to be a romance, when in fact it wasnt, and most explosively reveals what caused Hepburn to accept a masochistic, platonic relationship with alchoholic, bisexual actor Spencer Tracy, and to allow it to be characterized as one of the great loves of the 20th Century. Extensive research and interviews with numerous friends, journalists, and acquaintances separate myth from fact to reveal the real, sometimes conflicted, frustratingly complicated, and always amazing woman behind the painstakingly self-crafted image. James Robert Parrish is the author of 20 books onHollywood, including biographies of Whoopi Goldberg, Gus Van Sant, Rosie ODonnell, and Whitney Houston. He lives in Los Angeles.