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Katharine Hepburn

"If you obey all of the rules, you miss all of the fun.


Something had to be done about Ms. Hepburn. The movie studio executives needed their leading lady to look like a lady. In the ultra-feminine 1930s and 40s, that meant pouty, bee stung lips, bullet bras, girdles, garters, stockings, and, of course, a sensible skirt. Instead, the lanky Katharine Hepburn kept wearing those-crude looking pants called "jeans." It simply wouldn't do. Respectable ladies didn't wear jeans.

The studio executives took action. When Katharine was out of her dressing room, they stole her jeans. After she discovered the theft, Katharine threatened to walk out of her dressing room naked if she didn't get her jeans back. The executives held their ground. She wouldn't dare. Oh, but she would. Katharine stuck her aristocratic nose in the air and marched right out of her dressing room wearing nothing but silk underwear. The executives relented quicker than you can say "cut." They never tried that stunt again.1

Katharine Houghton Hepburn (known as Kathy to her family) had been crafting her tomboy-chic style since she was a freckle-faced, red-haired wisp of a girl. She wasn't about to mend her rebel ways now. Read More>>


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