The Mysteries and Majesty that is….. Kate Hepburn


Bob Fishbach of the Omaha World Herald wrote a recent article about scorching temperatures and the increase in potential homicides as a result as portrayed in movie land. He states: the 1953 sci-fi thriller, “It Came from Outer Space,” one character comments on a heat wave blanketing the Arizona desert:  The dialogue went like this:

“Did you know that more people are murdered at 92 degrees Fahrenheit than any other temperature? I read an article once. Lower temperatures, people are easygoing. Over 92 and it’s too hot to move. But just at 92, people get irritable.”  We’ve had a lot of irritable hours lately….”

Another such scorching example was Katharine Hepburn, a Connecticut native, just like Ladyjustice.

Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart and director John Huston were absolutely sizzling in more ways than one in their 1951 film, the African Queen.  They won nominations and an Oscar for Bogey.   The ramshackle boat went chug-chug chugging   down river on a quest to foil the Germans.   A lesser woman would not have lasted five minutes…..

However, this fascinating lady who had “plain Jane tastes” and an iron will always did things her way and didn’t care about how it would faze others. 

Unusual or Little Known Facts about the Hepburn’s:

Katharine dried her laundry on the lawn of her ocean view Long Island Sound home;

She wore men’s pants before pants for women were invented;

Her mother, Katharine Houghton, was a suffragist and birth control Advocate;

Her father was a well known urologist at Hartford Hospital and was a pioneer against sexually transmitted diseases;

On April 4, 1921, Thomas Houghton Hepburn, Kate’s 15 year old brother, mysteriously died at the private Kingswood school in West Hartford.  His feet rested on the floor, which called into question how a young boy could strangle himself in such a position?? Dr. Hepburn was of the opinion that his son died of “sudden adolescent insanity”, as his son was a happy boy and had just entertained his family with a banjo concert during the Easter holiday. [Could a Cold Case Unit re-investigate and put this to rest properly?];

The original house in the Fenwick section of Old Saybrook nearly was Kate‘s demise just before the “Hurricane of 1938” destroyed most of it… which was rebuilt.

 Ladyjustice’s Favorite Katharine Hepburn Quotes:  

“If you want to sacrifice the admiration of many men for the criticism of one, go ahead, get married.”


“If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun.”


“Life is hard. After all, it kills you.”


“Life is to be lived. If you have to support yourself, you had bloody well better find some way that is going to be interesting. And you don’t do that by sitting around.”


“The average Hollywood film star’s ambition is to be admired by an American, courted by an Italian, married to an Englishman and have a French boyfriend”.


“If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased.”


And finally the true reason for this blog…..


Although Kate died at age 96 in 2003 [You see, all that salt air is good for you…], her home has just undergone a spectacular but “understated renovation” and is for sale again for 28 million.


 So… live a little and imagine yourself living here….  Please check out this guided tour video…



Ladyjustice…a fan

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