Katharine Hepburn Rearranges the Furniture on The Dick Cavett Show

Earlier this week, we brought you Audrey Hepburn’s Screen Test for Roman Holiday (1953). Next up, we have Katharine Hepburn appearing on the very 70s set of The Dick Cavett Show. In case you’re wondering, the two Hepburns were only distantly related. According to Salon, they shared one common ancestor, James Hepburn, Earl of Bothwell, the third husband of Mary, Queen of Scots.

Anyway, here’s the backstory on the Cavett interview that aired on September 14, 1973:

Hepburn rarely granted interviews, and when she did, she wanted them under her terms. When she agreed to appear on the Dick Cavett Show they went in the studio a day early so she could get the feel of things. They ended up doing the interview right then and there, without an audience.

Watch a clip of the actual interview here.

In the past, we have featured Cavett’s interviews with Ingmar Bergman, Woody Allen, John Lennon & Yoko Ono, and George Harrison. And don’t forget this feud between Norman Mailer and Gore Vidal. Through Amazon, you can also purchase highlights of conversations with Marlon Brando, Fred Astaire, Robert Mitchum, Orson Welles, Groucho Marx, Kirk Douglas, Bette Davis, and others. h/t Peter Kaufman

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