Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role 1968
Plays Character That Is Related To The Sex Trade Industry
Hostess in Night Hostess 1928
Character Is A Prostitute
For the majority of actors arriving in New York City, there is always a struggling period. Even for one of the greatest actresses of this century. Katharine Hepburn would find herself beaten down by rejection. Her first starring role on stage was to be in the Big Pond. However she was fired after one performance. Undaunted she plowed ahead and joined the cast of Night Hostess. This was a risque comedy cabaret opening in Minneapolis. Foreseeing just how risque this show was, Katharine decided to be billed under a stage name, Katherine Burns. Though her part was billed as ‘hostess’ it was really a euphemism for ‘prostitute’. Decades later she would tell Dick Cavett the part was a ‘wicked fascinator’ and that she ‘never did learn how to be that kind of fascinator.’ The role and the show would be so obscure, it very rarely ever mentioned in her credits.
In 1930 the play would be adapted into a movie entitled Woman Racket. Katharine Hepburn WAS NOT in that film, but watch clip below to see what the play was all about.
“Woman Racket” aka “Night Hostess”
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