Katharine Hepburn’s Oscars


Last weekend, I visited the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. to check out the exhibit “One Life: Kate, a Centennial Celebration“. The exhibit has some really great pieces from Katharine Hepburn’s life – artwork, movie posters, theater programs, videos, even some clothing. But the highlight of the exhibit is seeing Katharine Hepburn’s four Academy Awards up close. The exhibit is going on from now until September 28, so check it out if you’re in D.C. this summer.

Also at the National Portrait Gallery is “Ballyhoo: Posters as Portraiture“, which looks at poster art in American culture. “Ballyhoo” also addresses how a celebrity can enhance a poster and how posters have defined the reputations of prominent Americans. The exhibit is going on until February 28, 2009.

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5 thoughts on “Katharine Hepburn’s Oscars”

  1. Hi
    I am a Board of Trustees member of the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center and Theatre being built to open in December. As I write this the venue is going up in Kate’s summertime hometown of Old Saybrook, Connecticut. I would so love it if you would send anyone who you think might be interested in knowing about us to http://www.katharinehepburntheater.org

    We are being featured in the New york Times this Holiday weekend. You will see that on the site.

    We are all things Kate, we are working with her family and will have a museum to the iconic actress.

    We’re busy raising money for the theater.

    Anyway thank you so much for your attention and you have a beautiful blog.

    I would so appreciate a link to us on your site!

  2. Well, this is only a guess…

    The first Oscar is smaller than the other three and (maybe) not gilded. I think this is because the first Oscar is the one she received for “Morning Glory” (in 1934). I’m assuming that sometime between ’34 and ’67 (when she won for “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”) the Academy Award statuette was made larger and more gilded. It could also have something to do with age.

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