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Hepburn Stamp Unveiled at The Kate

Actress Katharine Hepburn was given quite a birthday gift today, her own 44 cent U.S. Postal Stamp. Hepburn would have been 103 years old today.

The photo used on the stamp is from a publicity shot taken for her 1942 film, “Woman of The Year.”

The late 4-time Academy Award winning actress would have been 103 years old today.

The red-haired beauty became the 16th star to be honored in the U.S. Postal Service’s Legends of Hollywood stamp series.

The ceremony took place in her theater, the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook, Connecticut.

By my estimate, there were about 300 people in attendance.

On stage marking the occasion was emcee, actor, and Connecticut resident, Sam Waterston. Waterson was in a movie with Hepburn in her later life called “The Glass Menagerie.”

Waterston told me he loved working with her and that she took the responsibility of feeding the cast and crew while they were on location.

He also told me that while shooting the movie Hepburn said to him “you’re clock isn’t ticking.” She told him when your clock isn’t ticking you’re not full out in the acting mode, but when it is, you give the audience all you’ve got. Hepburn was always one to try to make people better, to push them to their limits, that wasn’t lost on Waterston.

Also on stage, British film director, Anthony Harvey. Harvey made four pictures with Hepburn including “The Glass Menagerie” and “Lion In Winter.” Harvey told me what a character Hepburn was, but that he had the time of his life with her over a 20-year friendship.

The Kate’s Executive Director, Chuck Still started out the ceremony welcoming the residents of Old Saybrook and thanking them for all of their ongoing support of the theater and how Hepburn loved the town of which she thought of as her paradise.

Hepburn’s long time cook, Nora Considine was also in attendance with her daughters and grand daughter. We talked about all the fun she had cooking for Kate in New York City and in Fenwick.

Hepburn’s brother-in-law, former West Hartford Mayor, Ellsworth Grant watched from the front row as his late famous sister-in-law got her due. Grant told me it was a wonderful event and that “Katy” would have loved it.

Members of the Old Saybrook Police Department got into the act as well, standing guard at the venue and also having their picture taken with Waterston, one of the stars of the TV show “Law and Order.”

This was a great day for The Kate, really put the theater on the map today, and the first of her stamps were sold and hand canceled right at the theater.

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9 Comments

  1. DorisC
    Posted May 12, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    Wish I could have been there…thanks for all the pictures!!

    • Annie Mame
      Posted May 12, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

      You’re welcome, Doris it was great fun!

  2. Posted May 12, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

    Hi Ann,
    It was nice to meet you today. Here’s my story on our website with a video. A slightly longer version will be in tomorrow’s Register: http://shar.es/mhIfl

    • Annie Mame
      Posted May 12, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

      Likewise, Ed, thank you for the coverage, very nice.

  3. Posted May 13, 2010 at 8:26 am | Permalink

    Excellent coverage, Annie Mame!

  4. millie margiotta
    Posted May 13, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    Every year we honor Ms. Hepburn on her Birthday in the neighborhood she lived for 60 years. Turtle Bay. Our event was rained out, but we have rescheduled for saturday June 5th at Dag Hammarsjold Plaza, East 47th Street, between First & Second Avenue where the Katharine Hepburn garden is and named in her honor.
    We would have been honored to be with you all on May 12th, but will celebrate on June 5th with coffee, cake and music.
    Come see us, if you an.

    • Annie Mame
      Posted May 13, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

      Millie, Oh my gosh it’s so good to hear from you, you all must come to the Hepburn theater for the show.

  5. Posted May 14, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    Hi Annie,
    anything particular we should come to see. Maybe we can organize a bus trip.
    millie

  6. Annie Mame
    Posted May 14, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    Millie, there is so much going on at The Kate, just keep checking the schedule, it’s a gem of a place with a movie star name!