Saturday, May 15, 2010

Katharine Hepburn Stamp Debuts in Connecticut

"A little bit of Hollywood glamour arrived in Old Saybrook Wednesday as the U.S. Postal Service unveiled its new Katharine Hepburn first-class postage stamp," writes reporter Jenna Cho on Connecticut's website.

Shown above, actor Sam Waterston and Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center Executive Director Chuck Still look on as the Katharine Hepburn commemorative stamp was unveiled Wednesday at the center. Also participating in the ceremony was Postmaster General John Potter.

Old Saybrook, CT is where the actress's family maintained a summer home for over 91 years and where Hepburn retired following her triumphant film and theater career.

Joseph Bakes points out in another article that appears on the website, "The 44-cent commemorative [which was designed by Derry Noyes] features a publicity photo by Clarence S. Bull from the MGM movie “Woman of the Year” in 1942, the year she turned 35. She received one of her 12 Academy Award nominations for the role. She eventually won four Oscars."

He goes on to say, "Showing the span of her career, the selvage of the 20-stamp pane has a portrait from her Broadway stage role in “West Side Waltz” in 1981, when she was 74. She received a Tony nomination for that role. "

Hepburn is the 16th inductee into the Postal Service's "Legends of Hollywood" commemorative stamp series.

She joins other "Legends of Hollywood" on stamps, including Judy Garland, Humphrey Bogart, Henry Fonda, Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. The series began in 1995, with Marilyn Monroe on a 32-cent stamp.

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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM