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Hollywood Great





Katharine Hepburn


Dick Cavett


Film data


Produced: September 11, 1973

Premiere: October 2 and 3, 1973


Disc 1:

October 2, 1973

Katharine Hepburn's September 11, 1973, afternoon visit to The Dick Cavett Show studio was arranged solely for the purpose of letting Miss Hepburn check out the studio. Merely getting her there in no way guaranteed she would consent to appear on the show. Miss Hepburn's on-the-shot decision to tape the interview that very day resulted in a marathon session lasting for 3 hours. The first of the two shows edited from that session includes some secretly recorded footage of her inspecting the studio and finds her discussing her family, her early career in the theater – including an audition 40 years before in the very same one that became Cavett’s studio – and her propensity for being fired.

October 3, 1973

As the unscheduled Katharine Hepburn taping went on, members of the production crew and the orchestra began showing up at the studio for that evening's scheduled taping. So the laughter that gradually starts to appear on the soundtrack is provided by the Cavett show staff slowly filling the seats in the empty theater. In the second the show culled from the September 11, 1973, taping Miss Hepburn discusses several of her legendary contemporaries including Spencer Tracy, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Greta Garbo and Peter O'Toole. When Cavett asked her if she regretted having not worked with Laurence Olivier, Hepburn firmly reminded him that, 'neither of us are dead yet!' In fact, this question led to the two legends making Love Among The Ruins together two years later. Also discussed is a very young actor Dick Cavett, who had one line in a production of The Merchant of Venice starring Katharine Hepburn.

1957 The Merchant of Venice rehearsal

Bonus material:
Katharine Hepburn Uncut - September 11, 1973

The spontaneous circumstances of the lengthy Katharine Hepburn taping necessitated the shooting of various inserts as well as several interruptions for tape changes, makeup and lightning. The original unedited tapes of the session have been preserved and feature some never-before-seen outtakes.

The entire interview can be read here.

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The other Hollywood Greats in this box set are:

Disc 1:

Fred Astaire – November 10, 1970

Disc 2:

Bette Davis – November 17, 1971
Groucho Marx – December 16, 1971
Debbie Reynolds - December 16, 1971
Kirk Douglas – June 29, 1971
Bonus material:
The Dick Cavett Show Promo – November 17, 1971
The Dick Cavett Show Promo – December 16, 1971

Disc 3:

Mel Brooks – January 21, 1972
Frank Capra – January 21, 1972
Robert Altman – January 21, 1972
Peter Bogdanovich – January 21, 1972
John Huston – February 21, 1972
Marlon Brando – June 12, 1973
Bonus material:
The Dick Cavett Show Promo – January 21, 1972
The Dick Cavett Show Promo – February 21, 1972

Disc 4:

Robert Mitchum – April 29, 1971
Orson Welles – July 27, 1970
Alfred Hitchcoock – June 8, 1972
Bonus material:
Seeing Stars With Dick Cavett and Robert Osborne
The Dick Cavett Show Promo – June 8, 1972