This Cecil Beaton photograph of Katherine Hepburn was an outtake of the July 1935 issue of Vanity Fair. In 1934, Dorothy Parker savaged the actress in a critique of her Broadway appearance in The Lake: "Miss Hepburn runs the gamut of emotions from A to B." The next year, photographer Cecil Beaton set things straight, allowing the 28-year-old star to display a torrent of inner conflict and expressive magic (prior to the release of her new film, Alice Adams). Katharine Hepburn had arrived. Her high-born, high-cheekbone grace and vigor appeal placed her apart from the Hollywood pack. Often portraying herself -- a fiercely independent woman of means, steel will, and self-confidence --Hepburn used her grace and ability to rebuff all guff to wile a flight of famous co-stars, most notably Cary Grant (The Philadelphia Story), Humphrey Bogart (The African Queen), and Spencer Tracy (her alter-ego in eight films). Remarkably, the 12-time Oscar nominee would secure three of her four Best Actress statues (for Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?, The Lion in Winter, and On Golden Pond) at ages 60, 61, and 74.
This beautiful silver gelatin print comes with an option of a black or white frame.
This print is part of a limited-edition selection by Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter and his team, of a photograph taken from the magazine’s archives. Revamped by Condé Nast in 1914, Vanity Fair has published the writings and photographs of some of the great American luminaries, including Edward Steichen and Cecil Beaton. Each print in this edition is stamped and numbered.