Summertime 1955 6Gary Rutkowski answers our June classic film questionnaire.

1.) What’s your favorite Katharine Hepburn film?

On Golden Pond

2.) What do you consider to be her three best performances?

Summertime, The Lion in Winter, The African Queen.

3.) Hepburn was nominated 12 times for an Academy Award, winning 4 Oscars (nominated for: Morning Glory [win], Alice Adams, The Philadelphia Story, Woman of the Year, The African Queen, Summertime, The Rainmaker, Suddenly Last Summer, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner [win], The Lion in Winter [win], and On Golden Pond [win]). What movie outside of these do you think she most deserved an additional nomination?

She was nominated for all the right films, but perhaps could have seen a nomination for Adam’s Rib as well.

4.) What’s your favorite movie in which she co-starred with Spencer Tracy?

Desk Set. I also like Pat and Mike. And Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.

5.) What’s your favorite movie in which she co-starred with Cary Grant?

That’s a three-way tie (leaving out the odd Sylvia Scarlett), but maybe because I haven’t seen it in a while but I know I like it, I’ll say Holiday.

6.) Of her later features/TV movies, post-On Golden Pond, what do you think is her best work?

Probably Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry. All of these movies are strictly fans-only though. I like her very last scene in One Christmas. Frail as she was, it had just enough of that great Hepburn spark.

7.) What’s your least favorite of her films?

The godawful Undercurrent (1946).

8.) Why do you think Katharine Hepburn is considered among the greatest screen actresses of her generation?

She wasn’t the chameleon that say Meryl Streep is today, but she chose the material that best suited her “persona.” And she did display technique nonetheless: her stage training shows and she demonstrated conviction, truth, and strength, making each of her performances believable. This could also be said of Spencer Tracy, and it’s perhaps why they made such a great screen team: the male/female counterparts of each other.

9.) Wikipedia notes that she’s remembered as an important cultural figure. What do you think her cultural impact has been?

She was a feminist without the label. She stood and continues to stand for individual independence.

10.) What Katharine Hepburn movie you’ve already seen, would you like to see again right now?

Holiday

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