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Author Charlotte Chandler’s I Know Where I’m Going ~ Katharine Hepburn, A Personal Biography

By Lynn N. Capri

ent-books-i-know-where-im-copyDrawing on a series of recordings made over the course of many years, acclaimed biographer Charlotte Chandler’s I Know Where I’m Going, the most intimate and personal biography of Hollywood legend Katharine Hepburn ever published, is now available in paperback from Applause Theatre & Cinema Books.

Introduced by George Cukor, who directed Hepburn in such classic films as Little Women, The Philadelphia Story, and Adam’s Rib, Charlotte Chandler first met Hepburn at Cukor’s estate, where the star was living in a cottage on the grounds. During numerous conversations in both California and New York, Hepburn spoke with remarkable candor, sharing details about her personal and professional lives.

Hepburn’s mother was a suffragette, her father a prominent doctor. When Kate was 13, she discovered the body of her older brother Tom, whom she adored; he had apparently committed suicide. From then on, Kate assumed her brother’s birthday as her own and always considered Tom “…the most important man in my life.” Hepburn also revealed to Chandler intimate details of her marriage and divorce from Ludlow Ogden Smith, aka “Luddy,” who remained a lifelong friend, and she candidly discussed her affair with Howard Hughes (Hepburn recalled how they enjoyed diving nude off the wings of his seaplane when they went swimming together.) But Hepburn’s warmest recollections were of her 27-year affair with Spencer Tracy.

As she revealed to Chandler, Hepburn’s family was a great influence on her, and she would eventually retire to the home she grew up in ~ although it had been rebuilt after being destroyed in a storm. She was careful to distinguish her personal and professional lives, telling Chandler that she always thought of herself as “Kathy,” a childhood name, but regarded the public Katharine Hepburn as “the Creature.”
For this warm and personal biography, Chandler also interviewed many others who knew and worked with Katharine Hepburn ~ Cukor, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Cary Grant, Christopher Reeve, and many more. All of them describe an actress and person who was supremely talented and confident, one who always knew where she was going.

About the Author

Charlotte Chandler is the author of numerous biographies of film stars and directors, among them Bette Davis, Ingrid Bergman, Joan Crawford, Mae West, Alfred Hitchcock, and Billy Wilder. Chandler’s biography of Groucho Marx, Hello, I Must Be Going, was a national bestseller, and her book I, Fellini was selected as a New York Times notable book. Charlotte Chandler lives in New York City and serves on the board of the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

Praise for I Know Where I’m Going:

“Chandler’s I Know Where I’m Going: Katharine Hepburn, A Personal Biography is a virtual self-portrait of one of Hollywood’s greatest stars and its sole four-time lead actress Oscar winner.”  ~ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times

“Charlotte Chandler’s I Know Where I’m Going once again sets the gold standard for celebrity bios.” ~ Vanity Fair

“Charlotte Chandler has written the most intimate and personal biography of Hollywood legend Katharine Hepburn ever published.”  ~ “Now Playing” (Turner Classic Movies)

To order I Know Where I’m Going, please visit www.halleonardbooks.com and select the “Biographies” tab.

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