Samara O'Shea

Ladies and Gentlemen, I Give You Katharine Hepburn


Guess what I got yesterday . . . Katharine Hepburn stamps! I wasn’t sure the Post Office would have them. (The Post Office I frequent is not always well stocked.) Alas, they did, and I had an instant dilemma. They’re too pretty to send, but how could I not send them?! I decided I will send most of them, but the stamps you see here—placed beside the elder Ms. Hepburn—I will put in one of my many letter boxes and look forward to finding in the future. For today, I’m sending my first letter to be sealed with the kiss of Kate. My friend Anne moved into a new apartment with her brand new husband last week, so I’m sending them a welcome-home card.

More on the stamp from the USPS News Release:

“This issuance in the Legends of Hollywood series honors Katharine Hepburn, one of America’s most fascinating and enduring film stars. This stamp will be issued May 12. Over the course of her career, Hepburn made more than 40 motion pictures, including the comedy classic Bringing up Baby (1938)—with Hepburn as a leopard-owning heiress and Cary Grant as a stuffy paleontologist—and The African Queen (1951), in which she played a prim missionary spinster to Humphrey Bogart’s scruffy riverboat captain. Hepburn’s long, illustrious career—and perhaps even more, her independent personality—inspired three generations of Americans. She was, in particular, a role model for women who chose to live life on their own terms. In the words of her niece Katharine Houghton, she “provided hope and inspiration and courage for a whole new generation of women.” The stamp portrait is a publicity still from the film Woman of the Year (MGM, 1942). The photographer was Clarence S. Bull. The selvage image shows Hepburn as she appeared in the play West Side Waltz.”