People: Nov. 3, 1967

It was the first New York press conference for Hollywood Ingénue Katharine Houghton, 22, and she got things going by demurely introducing her aunt. So much for Katharine Houghton. Her aunt turned out to be Katharine Hepburn, 60. And for the rest of the interview, young Katharine sat awed as auntie discoursed on Novocain-free dentistry ("A little pain builds your character"), her campaign cap ("I was in the Confederate army"), and the acting simplicity of her late, longtime co-star Spencer Tracy ("a baked potato"). Not quite forgetting the purpose of the conference, Hepburn did offer a few professional words about her...

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