Hepburn Estate Auction Reinforces Her Image


“Today, when Sotheby’s opens its exhibition of property to be auctioned from Katharine Hepburn’s estate, the public can see for the first time two startling, unflattering self-portraits. One shows Hepburn with Spencer Tracy, both in profile; he is rough-jawed and she has large squares all over her face to represent freckles. The drawing is playful, but she looks as if she has chickenpox. An even stranger portrait is a full-faced drawing of herself in which her mouth is made of blood-red gashes, her cheekbones are cadaverously sharp and her eyes so blazing green they look spooky — an image that reveals more of her cold, hard side than she ever did onscreen (maybe more than she intended)…”