Katharine Hepburn's Hollywood Career: An Overview with Jeanine Basinger

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Jeanine Basinger, Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies at Wesleyan University, offers an overview of Katharine Hepburn's extraordinary career in film, comparing her longevity on screen to the shorter careers of some of her famous contemporaries. Hepburn faced particular challenges on her way to achieving lasting fame, but she also had advantages of education, wealth, and social position that helped her succeed. Drawing comparisons to her famous contemporaries, such as Bette Davis or Joan Crawford, Basinger explores how Hepburn achieved six decades on screen and an enduring legacy as a film legend.