The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1369  Thursday, 3 July 2003

From:           Brian Willis <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 2 Jul 2003 16:13:19 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 14.1350 Katherine Hepburn
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1350 Katherine Hepburn

There are some personal recollections by Bob Smith in Hamlet's Dresser
about his experience waiting on Hepburn and an interesting story about
her backstage persona at Stratford Ontario. I forget which Shakespearean
roles she was performing, but I seem to recollect her performing
Isabella in Measure and Cleopatra in repertory. What a pairing of roles
that would have been!

Also, Hume Cronyn passed away. Dare I say it, Grebanier in Then Came
Each Actor calls him the best Polonius he has ever seen. If you have not
seen his performance in the 1964 Gielgud/Burton Hamlet (DVD and VHS),
it's certainly worth seeing for his Polonius. He handled the verse with
restraint and control and achieved great comic effect, especially on the
night it was recorded. I would certainly concur that it is one of the
best I have seen. Long after viewing it, his performance lingers in my
mind, which certainly cannot be said for any other Polonius I have

Brian Willis

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