NYPL Gets Hepburn Papers

103007 hepburn web NYPL Gets Hepburn PapersScripts, photos, letters, and scrapbooks from Katharine Hepburn’s less-known theater career that have been donated to the New York Public Library, according to the AP. They will be available to scholars and fans after they have been cataloged.

Picture this: Katharine Hepburn and her chauffeur stopped for speeding in the tiny town of Blackwell, Okla. Hepburn berates the strapping young officer as a "moron" and "dumbbell," then adds, "If I ever found an Oklahoma car in Connecticut, I would flatten all the tires."

What could be a scene from a screwball comedy is actually drawn from Hepburn’s real life—at least her version of it.

A typed, single-spaced account of the arrest during a 1950-51 tour of Shakespeare’s "As You Like It" was in one of 22 boxes of papers from Hepburn’s theater career that have been donated to the New York Public Library.