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4s047 KATHARINE HEPBURN 8x10 EMO movie club photo 1930s great head & shoulders portrait at RKO!

Date Sold 3/17/2019
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An Original Vintage EMO Movie Club Photo (measures 8" x 10 1/4") (Learn More)

Katharine Hepburn was born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1907 to a wealthy family of good lineage. She was a very athletic tomboy as a child. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1928, and that same year had a tiny part in a Broadway play. She also married that same year, to a fellow socialite she met at college. She worked in some stock companies, and in 1932 had a substantial Broadway role, in The Warrior's Husband, and that got her a screen test for A Bill of Divorcement. She received rave reviews for that role, and the next year she won an Oscar for Morning Glory, and also played the lead in Little Women, and Alice Adams (nominated for the Best Actress Academy Award for this film). But Hepburn, while a magnificent actress, did not have much sex appeal (she often wore men's clothes, onscreen and off), and many of her later 1930s movies did poorly at the box office, and she was dubbed "box office poison". She had a major comeback in 1939 when she starred in The Philadelphia Story on Broadway (it had been written especially for her) and in the movie adaptation (nominated for the Best Actress Academy Award for this film), opposite Cary Grant and James Stewart. In 1942, she made her first movie with Spencer Tracy, Woman Of The Year (nominated for the Best Actress Academy Award for this film), and they had an affair (she had been divorced since 1934, and had had a much publicized romance with Howard Hughes). Tracy could not get divorced, but they lived together until he passed away in 1967, and they made many movies together. In the 1950s Hepburn, unlike most actresses, was able to keep playing romantic leads, and she made some of her better movies, including The African Queen, Summertime (nominated for the Best Actress Academy Award for this film), Suddenly Last Summer (nominated for the Best Actress Academy Award for this film), and The Rainmaker (nominated for the Best Actress Academy Award for this film). She also had many strong performances in the 1960s and 1970s, including Guess Who's Coming To Dinner (winner of the Best Actress Academy Award for this film), Long Day's Journey Into Night (nominated for the Best Actress Academy Award for this film), Lion In Winter (winner of the Best Actress Academy Award for this film), and in 1981 she won an Oscar for On Golden Pond! Hepburn passed away in 2003 at the age of 96.
Important Added Info: In the past, we have called photos like these "picture frame photos", because we thought they were ones that were used as sample portraits in picture frames for sale. While there ARE many photos that are like that, this is not that, as we recently discovered! Photos like this that are on a special paper that has a linen-like finish were originally issued in sets of 12 or more between 1935 and 1938 (at least). We know that there were at least 18 sets issued in 1938 alone, so there were definitely hundreds of different ones of these portraits. They were given out through the "EMO Movie Club", which was based in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and they had an elaborate system whereby you joined the club (and got others to join) and they then gave away and sold these sets to club members. In addition, club members got discounts from various movie theaters. Offered here is one of the EMO Movie Club portraits from the 1930s.

Condition: very good to fine.
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