Woman of the Year

The week of August 15, 2010:

The movie of the week is the first of nine films to feature Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn together. Woman of the Year is a prime example illustrating Tracy and Hepburn’s passion, intelligence, and whit. Their chemistry on-screen drew in large numbers at the box office and also fueled gossip columns of an off-screen romance.

Stars: Spencer Tracy & Katharine Hepburn
Directed by: George Stevens
Released in: 1942

Tess, a successful and independent woman, falls in love with Sam, a sports reporter. After the two marry they continue to have more trouble merging their careers and relationship.

Fact: The Broadway musical version opened at the Palace Theater on May 29, 1981 and ran for seven-hundred-seventy performances starring Lauren Bacall and Harry Guardino. The theatrical version was also nominated for three Tony awards in 1981.

Fact: The entire final sequence where Tess tries to win Sam by making him breakfast was written and filmed after the original ending tested poorly in preview.

Awards: Michael Kanin & Ring Lardner, Jr. won Best Writing – Original Screenplay at the Academy Awards. Katharine Hepburn also received a Best Actress in a Leading Role nomination for her part in Woman of the Year

To view the trailer of Woman of the Year visit:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chdPlYhEK2g

As well, Woman of the Year will air on the Turner Classic Movie channel on Friday, August 20 at 8PM. Be sure to double-check your local listings and times at www.tcm.com

And as always, feel absolutely free to leave your comments:)

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~ by discoveringtheclassics on August 15, 2010.

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