News 8’s Own Ann Nyberg Shares New Book On Katharine Hepburn


USING THE POWER OF MUSIC TO RAISE AWARENESS FOR HUNGER AND POVERTY. TERESA: WHETHER IT WAS HER MOVIES, POLITICS OR STYLE, KATHARINE HEPBURN WAS BEAUTIFUL. RYAN: AND IN HER NEW BOOK, ANN NYBERG TAKES US ON AN EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY. TERESA: WE ARE SO HAPPY TO HAVE YOU HERE. THANKS SO MUCH. TWO BOOKS IN TWO YEARS. THEY SAID, WE WANT YOU TO WRITE A BOOK ON KATHARINE HEPBURN AND I ASKED, WHAT CAN I ADD? BUT BECAUSE I AM A FOUNDER OF HER THEATER, I KNOW A LOT OF FOLKS AND I STARTED PUTTING TOGETHER STORIES THAT PEOPLE WOULD TELL ME. SO IT IS ABOUT ALL KINDS OF STUFF. I GOT TO TOUR HER HOME AND STAND IN HER BEDROOM AND IT IS AWESOME. RYAN: WHAT SORT OF GRABBED YOU ABOUT HER? WHAT GOT YOU SO ENAMORED? SHE IS KNOWN AS A FASHION ICON BECAUSE SHE WORE PANTS WHEN YOU DIDN’T WEAR PANTS IN HOLLYWOOD. I WAS STRUCK BY HER KINDNESS. SHE HAD A LONG-STANDING RELATIONSHIP WITH PRESIDENT TRACY. BUT SHE WAS VERY KIND TO PEOPLE THAT SHE LOVED. AND I WAS SHOCKED BY THAT. BECAUSE WE KNOW HER AS TOUGH. AND I ALSO GOT TO TALK TO THE CABINET. AN INTERVIEW FROM 1973, THAT WAS A THRILL. A GREAT GUY. FOR THOSE WHO REMEMBER HIM, HE IS 79-YEAR-OLD NOW. TERESA: DID YOU EVER GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET KATHARINE HEPBURN. NO. BUT WHEN I STARTED WORKING HERE MANY YEARS AGO, I KNEW HER BROTHER AND I CALLED HER WHEN SHE WAS IN TURTLE BAY AND SHE ANSWERED THE PHONE. SO NOW KATHARINE HEPBURN IS ON THE OTHER END OF THE LINE AND SHE BASICALLY SAID NO, I WOULD NOT DO AN INTERVIEW WITH YOU. SO I WAS DISSED BY THE BEST. TERESA: WISHY A PRIVATE WOMAN? AND VERY PRIVATE. I THINK SHE WOULD LIKE WHAT I WROTE BECAUSE IT IS STORIES ABOUT PEOPLE WHO KNEW HER. I TALKED TO HER GREAT-NIECE WHO IS A RIOT. AND SHE TOLD ME SO MANY STORIES ABOUT JUST BEING WITH HER AUNT AND LEARNING HOW TO ACT AND THE SKIRMISHES THEY GOT INTO. RYAN: AND HOW ABOUT THE RED JACKET? I OWN ONE OF HER CODES FROM THE 1940’S THAT I GOT FROM KATHERINE HORTON AND THERE IT IS. AND I WEAR IT TERESA: WHY WOULDN’T YOU? IT’S FANTASTIC. IT IS VERY FUN AND IT HAS A LABEL IN IT THAT SAYS VALENTINA. A RUSSIAN DESIGNER WHO DID WARDROBES FOR WOMEN IN HOLLYWOOD. RYAN: YOU WILL NEED AT COMING UP HERE IN CONNECTICUT IN THE WINTER. I BEEN TOURING AT LIBRARIES AND INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORES AND BOUTIQUES AND ALL KINDS OF THINGS AND I AM HAVING A BALL. AND I WANT TO THANK THEM FOR COMING TO ME AND SAYING, HEY, WE WANT YOU TO WRITE A BOOK. TERESA: IS THERE A THIRD IN THE WORKS? I DON’T KNOW, MAYBE.

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