A few days ago I finished, Me: Stories of My Life, by Katharine Hepburn. I wanted to like this memoir more than I did. I have long admired Katharine Hepburn’s acting. She is incredibly intelligent, and took Hollywood by storm in an era when female actors did not have a whole lot of control over their professional fates.
Her story is fascinating. From her early career to her later roles, she tells her opinions on directors, producers, her personal assistants, and pretty much everything about the industry. She talks about the roles she felt she was most successful in, the ones she felt were a flop, and the ones where she used her influence to have a movie made the way she wanted it made.
The support of her family and friends was incredible, and she is open about how much she received from them during her career. She devotes a good portion of her book to her personal relationships, from her early career to her elderly years. She talks about her marriage to her husband Luddy, a kind, supportive man who wanted nothing but the best for her, even if it wasn’t with him. After their divorce, they remained friends until his death, with him attending family functions with her family even if she wasn’t there.
I have two gripes with the book. First, her writing style is terrible, with choppy sentences, sentence fragments, and an odd train-of-thought style of flow. It makes for a quick read, but it is pretty irritating.
My other gripe – let’s be honest, I wanted the dirt… Hepburn dispatches her entire relationship with Spencer Tracy in a few short pages at the end of the book. She was with him for 27 years, and he only gets a few short pages? I wanted to know more about how they met, how they became a couple, why he decided to remain married, etc. And nothing…
I can’t imagine that I’m the only curious one. At the point the book was written, Tracy and his wife were both dead, so… What’s the point of a memoir if you are going to leave out the most interesting part?
Anyway… I still think Katharine Hepburn is fascinating, but I am glad I didn’t pay much for the book… Some celebrities shouldn’t write books…