Amanda is a clear representative of this type. In general, a Tennessee Williams faded belle is from a prominent Southern family, has received a traditional upbringing, and has suffered a reversal of economic and social fortune at some point in her life.
Early life and education[ edit ] Hepburn left with her mother and siblings, Hepburn was born on May 12,in Hartford, Connecticutthe second of six children. Both parents fought for social change in the US: Thomas Hepburn helped establish the New England Social Hygiene Associationwhich educated the public about venereal disease while the elder Katharine headed the Connecticut Woman Suffrage Association and later campaigned for birth control with Margaret Sanger.
He had tied a sheet around a beam and hanged himself. It was not until her autobiography, Me: Stories of My Life, that Hepburn revealed her true birth date.
She attended the institution primarily to satisfy her mother, who had studied there, and recalled disliking the experience. Once her marks had improved, she began performing regularly.
Knopfwho ran a successful stock theatre company. She was criticized for her shrill voice, and so left Baltimore to study with a voice tutor in New York City.
A week before opening, the lead was fired and replaced with Hepburn, which gave her a starring role only four weeks into her theatre career. Undeterred, Hepburn joined forces with the producer Arthur Hopkins and accepted the role of a schoolgirl in These Days.
Her Broadway debut came on November 12,at the Cort Theatrebut reviews for the show were poor, and it closed after eight nights. In early December, after only two weeks, she quit to marry Ludlow Ogden Smitha college acquaintance.
She planned to leave the theatre behind, but began to miss the work and quickly resumed the understudy role in Holiday, which she held for six months. She felt the role was perfect, but again, she was fired. In the spring ofHepburn joined a theatre company in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.
She left halfway through the summer season, and continued studying with a drama tutor. She was released from the role after the playwright took a dislike to her, saying "She looks a fright, her manner is objectionable, and she has no talent", but Hepburn was re-hired when no other actress could be found.
They began rehearsals in November, Hepburn feeling sure the role would make her a star, but Howard disliked the actress and again she was fired. Biographer Charles Higham states that the role was ideal for the actress, requiring an aggressive energy and athleticism, and she enthusiastically involved herself with its production.
Hepburn's first entrance called for her to leap down a narrow stairway with a stag over her shoulder, wearing a short silver tunic. The show ran for three months, and Hepburn received positive reviews.
Critics loved the performance, and she became an instant star. Selznick recounted that he took a "tremendous chance" in casting the unusual actress. Miss Hepburn's characterization is one of the finest seen on the screen".
She has a vital something that sets her apart from the picture galaxy. The picture was not commercially successful, but Hepburn's reviews were good.
She is a distinct, definite, positive personality. She had seen the script on the desk of producer Pandro S.
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