In a dusty town outside of Madrid, British actor Brian Blessed nervously filmed his first scene with the great Katharine Hepburn. “I had to deliver my lines… with authority,” Brian recalls about 1971’s The Trojan Women.
But their first take together fell flat and Brian called it “pretty lousy.” “You don’t think that I was pretty lousy, too?” Katharine demanded. “Yes, Katharine, as a
matter of fact, I do,” he answered. To hear such audacity from a young actor was shocking — but Katharine liked that.
Brian (right) and Katharine (left) in January 1971. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
“Right from the beginning, we had this wonderfully honest relationship,”
recalls Brian in his memoir, Absolute Pandemonium. “It was a courtship... I always left her feeling buoyed, if I’m honest, ever so slightly in love.”
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Despite their age gap, Katharine, 61, and Brian, 31, spent hours together hiking in the Spanish hills, arguing philosophy and cooking for each other. “She would lead me back to her house and make me bacon and eggs, shouting, ‘Go on,
live dangerously,’” he recalls.
Katharine Hepburn wearing a pink coat in 1955. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Their conversations covered everything from her great love Spencer Tracy (whose clothes she still wore, four years after his death) to her decision not to have children.
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“Being a mother is the most important job in the world,” she told him. “I wasn’t up to it... I was obsessed with my career.”
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