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December 7, 2006


Video From Hepburn Launch Gala Available

At the gala celebration of the launch of the Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center at the Kimmel Center in September, videographers recorded the awards ceremony at which Lauren Bacall and Blythe Danner received the first Katharine Hepburn Medals. Excerpts from the ceremony, including the remarks of six Bryn Mawr undergraduates and Mistress of Ceremonies Cynthia McFadden, are now available for download. Also available is an abridged version of the video tribute to Katharine Hepburn that was screened at the gala. The clips are presented below; they are also available on the Hepburn Center Web site at

To view the following clips, you must use the Quicktime viewer, which can be downloaded free of charge here.

Excerpts from the Katharine Hepburn Tribute Video

Commissioned by the College from Lafayette Hill Studios, this 16-minute video about Katharine Hepburn '28 includes interviews with Hepburn friends and intimates, actors and filmmakers who worked with and were inspired by her, former Bryn Mawr College presidents Mary Patterson McPherson and Harris Wofford, and President Nancy J. Vickers. Click on the screen shot below to watch the video from the College's streaming server. It will open in a new window.

View Quicktime version of the video tribute to Katharine Hepburn

Video Clips of the Gala Awards Ceremony

Each video is offered for download in two formats.

  • The video for broadband is suitable for viewers who have high-speed cable, DSL or T1 connections to the Internet .
  • A smaller version of the video is better-suited to dial-up connections. Please note, however, that even the low-bandwidth videos are very large files and may take several minutes to download with a slow connection.

For best effect, use speakers or headphones; the videos may not be audible on computers without external speakers. Each video will open in a new window.

Screen legend Lauren Bacall captivates the audience with a tale of typical Hepburn mischief and compensatory generosity and offers a heartfelt tribute to her much-admired, "always surprising" friend and mentor. Lauren Bacall video for broadband

Lauren Bacall video for dial-up

Actress Blythe Danner, who grew up just a few minutes from Bryn Mawr in Rosemont, Pa., comments on the importance of the Hepburn women, women's education and Bryn Mawr College. Blythe Danner video for broadband
Blythe Danner video for dial-up
Mistress of Ceremonies Cynthia McFadden of ABC's Nightline recounts a touching moment in the decades-long Hepburn-Bacall friendship and performs her "Top Ten Quotable Hepburn Quotes." Cynthia McFadden video for broadband

Cynthia McFadden video for dial-up


Betsy Gauthier '07, a psychology major from Roselle, N.J., who is on a premedical track, discusses the Hepburn women's defiance of expectations that can limit achievement.

Betsy Gauthier video for broadband

Betsy Gauthier video for dial-up

Gilda Rodriguez '07, a double major in French and feminist and gender studies who hails from Mexico City, speaks about making choices. Gilda Rodriguez video for broadband
Gilda Rodriguez video for dial-up
Laura Kramer '07, a double major in political science and Spanish from St. Paul, Minn., discusses Hepburn's sense of adventure and the need to encourage independent thinking and risk-taking. Laura Kramer video for broadband
Laura Kramer video for dial-up
Laura Sockol '07, a double major in English and psychology who hails from Levittown, Pa., speaks about getting at "the meat" of life — a passionate engagement that can be shared by vegetarians and carnivores alike. Laura Sockol video for broadband
Laura Sockol video for dial-up
Adama Ordu '07, a Spanish major with a minor in growth and structure of cities, is the daughter of a Nigerian father and a Welsh mother. She discusses Guess Who's Coming to Dinner and the ability of Hepburn's powerful presence to cross boundaries. Adama Ordu video for broadband
Adama Ordu video for dial-up
Nora Sidoti '07, a theater major and English minor from New York City, recalls how Hepburn's films, especially The African Queen, have inspired her to persist in speaking up for her beliefs and pursuing her dreams. Nora Sidoti video for broadband
Nora Sidoti video for dial-up



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