Katharine Hepburn has extra Finest Actress Oscar wins than another performer, and apparently, she was decided to maintain it that method. In 1981, Hepburn starred in On Golden Pond alongside Jane Fonda. And as Fonda has defined, Hepburn was by no means a fan of hers. The older actor was candid about seeing Fonda as a menace and instructed another person that she believed the Klute star “did not have a soul.”
Hepburn handed away in 2003, however Fonda has since shared a few of her reminiscences from the set of the movie. Learn on to see what Fonda has stated about her co-star, together with why she nonetheless has a variety of respect for the Hollywood legend regardless of her unwelcoming phrases.
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On Golden Pond, which additionally co-starred Fonda’s father, Henry Fonda, was an enormous success on the field workplace, in addition to critically. The drama acquired 10 nominations on the Academy Awards and gained in three classes: Finest Actress for Hepburn, Finest Actor for Henry, and Finest Tailored Screenplay. The Oscar was Hepburn’s fourth Finest Actress win, incomes her a document that she nonetheless posthumously holds.
The movie is a few man (Henry) who has a strained relationship along with his daughter (Fonda) however agrees to briefly care for her fiancé’s younger son alongside along with his spouse (Hepburn).
In a 2021 interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Fonda talked about working with Hepburn on On Golden Pond. She shared that Hepburn noticed her as competitors regardless of their distinction in age.
“What an fascinating girl. I imply, we weren’t associates,” Fonda stated. “She was actually aggressive. She actually thought that I used to be out to win extra Academy Awards than she was, and when she gained for On Golden Pond I referred to as to congratulate her, and he or she stated, ‘You may by no means catch me now.'”
Fonda has gained two Oscars for Finest Actress: one for Klute in 1972 and one for Coming Residence in 1979.
Fonda additionally stated that she discovered that Hepburn spoke negatively to author Dominick Dunne about her. “She didn’t like me,” Fonda instructed Harper’s Bazaar. “She as soon as instructed Dominick Dunne that I did not have a soul.”
Talking with fellow actor Marlo Thomas in 2012, Fonda stated of Hepburn, “She did not like me as a result of I used to be married, as a result of I had kids. She thought actors by no means ought to have kids, and I had a patch.” Fonda has three kids whereas Hepburn didn’t. The older actor additionally by no means remarried after a six-year marriage that started when she was 21. Fonda added with fun, “She most popular individuals who had completely no attachment—count on to her.”
In her interview with Thomas, Fonda instructed the story of how she ended up doing her personal dive in On Golden Pond—although she had deliberate to make use of a stunt double—after an encounter with Hepburn.
“All of it occurred the primary time I met her,” Fonda recalled. “I got here to the place she lived in New York, and the very first thing she stated to me was, ‘I do not such as you.’ And there have been the explanation why she stated that. And as soon as we received that out of the best way, the following query was, ‘Are you going to do the backflip your self?’ Properly, following on the heels of ‘I do not such as you,’ I used to be not going to inform her that ‘No, I used to be not going to do the backflip, there was a double already lined up.’ And, apart from, I all of a sudden remembered her dive in The Philadelphia Story, so I stated, ‘In fact, I’ll do the dive myself!'”
The actor rehearsed the dive for a month. “It was by no means dive, however she would cover within the bushes and watch me,” Fonda stated. “And once I lastly did it one time—I did it higher than it truly is within the film—and he or she praised me and instructed me that I taught her to respect me, in order that was actual vital.”
Regardless of their private pressure, Fonda had respect for Hepburn, significantly relating to the accountability she felt as a Hollywood legend. What the Grace and Frankie star appreciated greatest about Hepburn was that she thought it was vital to show youthful actors and share her knowledge.
“She took that very critically about instructing to youthful folks. She took me—I can not say beneath her wing, she did not like me very a lot,” Fonda instructed Thomas.
Equally, within the Harper’s Bazaar interview, she stated, “What I beloved about her was that she took the job of being an elder very critically. She was intentional about instructing me and speaking to me, together with giving me line readings, and I discovered that simply fantastic.”