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| THE PHILADELPHIA STORY
Beginning in 1935 with SYLVIA SCARLETT, Hepburn teamed
with the haplessly frazzled yet debonair comedian
Cary Grant in a series of screwball
comedies which have stood the test of time to become the most popular films
of her early career. In
Hawks' BRINGING UP BABY (1938), Kate and
around Connecticut in evening clothes with nets and ropes trying to catch a leopard
and her dog George (played by Asta from the
THIN MAN movies) who has
absconded with a valuable dinosaur bone.
"Baby" is a musical leopard however, and only responds to
"I can't give you anything but love, baby.
That's the only thing I've plenty of, baby.
Dream awhile, scheme awhile,
You're sure to find
Happiness, and I guess
All those things you always pined for.
Gee, it's great to see you looking swell, baby.
Diamond bracelets Woolworths never sell, baby... "
More Memorable Quotations:
tell you, I'm the mad sister, family problem, the one they don't speak
about." --as Linda Seton in HOLIDAY (1938).
- "Frankly, I stank." --as Linda Seton in HOLIDAY (1938).
- "Mister, you're looking at a mighty dry waffle." --as Mary Matthews in
STATE OF THE UNION (1948).
- "No woman could ever run for president. She'd have to admit she
was over thirty-five." --as Mary Matthews in STATE OF THE UNION (1948).
- "You politicians have stayed professionals only because the voters have
remained amateurs." --as Mary Matthews in STATE OF THE UNION (1948).
- "I'm different from Grant. I'd rather be tight than be
president." --as Mary Matthews in STATE OF THE UNION (1948).
A publicity portrait of Kate and
Cary for their second screwball comedy of 1938,
George Cukor's HOLIDAY, a comedic
love story between two free-thinking social outcasts.
Unfortunately, despite the success of these comedies, Hepburn was labeled "box-office poison" by
a group of independent exhibitors in 1937, and fearing the label marked the
end of her film career, she bought out the remainder of her RKO contract and returned to New York to
resume her acting career on Broadway.
Written specifically for Hepburn by playwright Phillip
Barry, THE PHILADELPHIA STORY
proved the comeback vehicle Hepburn was looking for, and after a triumphant year
with the stage show (opposite Joseph
Cotten and Van Heflin), she bought the film rights and returned to Hollywood determined
to rejoin filmmaking on her own terms.
MGM took up Hepburn's package
for the film and in 1940, she earned her third Best Actress nomination for her
role as Tracy Lord opposite Cary Grant
and Jimmy Stewart. Directed by
George Cukor (with whom she made
eight feature films), THE PHILADELPHIA STORY
was a smash and earned six Oscar nominations including one as Best Picture.
Hepburn was back.
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