Quotes from Katharine Hepburn (search)'s 1991 book, Me.
(On her failed marriage; she says she spent years "using" her husband.)
I am looking back and realizing what the truth was. The motives back of the action. I don't think that it was all as cold-blooded as it sounds. I hope not. But the truth has to be that I was a terrible pig. My aim was ME ME ME. All the way -- up -- down -- all about.
(On John Wayne (search), with whom she worked on Rooster Cogburn:)
He was always on time. Always knew the scene. Always full of notions about what should be done. Tough on a director who had not done his homework. Considerate to his fellow actors. Very impatient with anyone who was inefficient. And did not bother to cover it up. ...
And with all this he has a most gentle and respectful gratitude toward people who he feels have contributed very firmly to his success. His admirers. ... None of that complicated Self-Self-Self which seems to torment myself and others who shall be nameless when they are confronted with the Prize for good performance.
(On her parents:)
The were indeed amazing, these two. The door of our house was always open. Come In. Well, tell us about it. Come with us -- spend the night -- stay to lunch. No no, there's plenty of room, always.
And I think, How I miss you two. I was so used to turning to you. It was heaven. Always to have you two to turn to in despair, in joy. There you were: strong -- funny. Two rocks. What you did for me -- wow! What luck to be born out of love and to live in an atmosphere of warmth and interest.
I never look at notices. So they don't exist. Or at movies that I have made. They don't exist. My past sins, so to speak.
(On her first major acting job, as an understudy:)
I learned the part and sat on the sidelines quite convinced that I would be far superior to the leading lady. ... She was a very competent actress who did not have the advantage of being very young and absolutely outrageous and full of a sort of wild confidence based on nothing but energy and ego. (Hepburn wrote she eventually got the part, but then overconfidence ruined her opening night performance and the original leading lady was hired back.)