|Author||A. Scott Berg|
|Publisher||Putnam Publishing Group|
|July 11, 2003|
Kate Remembered is a book released on July 11, 2003 by A. Scott Berg, which tells the story, life, and his experiences with Academy Award winning actress Katharine Hepburn. The book was released 12 days after Hepburn's death at 96 on June 29. The book received mixed reviews.
Published within days of her death at 96, this life of Katharine Hepburn is able to take her to her final hours, following her career from her aristocratic, fresh-faced, and slightly audacious youth to her extreme old age. A. Scott Berg knew Hepburn for the last 20 years of her life, and his book is not only the biography of a beloved actress but a tribute to a friend to whom she told the truth about her life, including her great loves and pet hates, with an eye to its eventual publication.
Friendship with Hepburn
Berg was a personal friend of Hepburn, after meeting her in 1983. He told her he wanted to write a biography about her life and she helped him, providing information about her life. Berg told Hepburn he would release the book after her death.
Reviews were mixed after the book was released. Gossip columnist Liz Smith, a friend of Hepburn's, said that Berg's book was "Self-promoting fakery …. Hepburn would have despised it and his betrayal of her friendship."
Berg later issued a written statement via his publisher, G.P. Putnam's Sons.
"Over the last two months, I have been truly shocked at Liz Smith's professional behavior-or, more accurately, her lack thereof," Berg wrote. "My family and friends have reacted with utter disbelief at the level of personal disdain conveyed by Ms. Smith toward someone she barely knows; (indeed, beyond my appearing at one of her Literacy Volunteer events, I've met her but a few times.) And I've heard that people I don't even know are shocked by her personal assault on my reputation, one that stops just short of character assassination."
Cynthia McFadden, executor of Hepburn's will and estate, had similar feelings to Liz Smith's about the book, as did Hepburn's family.
Positive reviews about the book include: "From the start, Berg's book is a paean of praise and love...." New York Times Book Review - Robert Gottlieb (08/17/2003)