Katharine Hepburn was not known for writing about herself or her experiences as an actress. After a little research, this librarian only found two books Katharine wrote about herself. The library now has both of them, the “newest” addition being a memoir published in 1987 titled The Making of The African Queen or How I went to Africa with Bogart, Bacall and Huston and almost lost my mind. In a loose narrative style Hepburn recalls the filming of the motion picture The African Queen and all the trials that came with an American woman filming in the African jungles in 1950. This slim volume is filled with full page black and white, behind the scenes photos and pages of narrative in an easy to read style. Hepburn is very conversational, and the stories she tells invite you right into the action. The story is confined to Hepburn’s experiences filming The African Queen. If you want to know more about the actress, be sure to ask a librarian to help you find the other books we have about Katharine Hepburn. If you are curious about Africa, film making, Katharine Hepburn, or any of the other actors featured, be sure to check this book out.
This book will not appear on the new shelves since it wasn’t published recently. To find it you can check our online catalog, or ask a librarian. It will be in the non-fiction section with other books on television and film history. We always encourage our patrons to browse – our books are free to check out, so take any that may interest your inner film lover! For easy returns, don’t forget our in-wall book and media drop, accessible on the outside of the building.
You can get the book reviewed here and more great titles to watch, read, listen to, or play with at the Port Library at 1718 N. Hersey in Beloit, on the North Campus. This is director Rachel Malay, saying “Thanks for checking us out!”
The Making of The African Queen or How I went to Africa with Bogart, Bacall and Huston and almost lost my mind by Katharine Hepburn.
129 p., B & W photographs.