Movies: Economy-Class Journey

Ten months ago. Actress Katharine Hepburn got a phone call in Hollywood.

It was Producer Ely Landau, and he wanted her to star in Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night. Demanded Hepburn: "Who's doing the script?" Replied Landau: "O'Neill." There was a long pause as the full significance of the answer sank in. Then Kate cried: "Marvelous!" and agreed to sign.

In fact, she was so taken with the idea of doing O'Neill pure that she accepted without demurrer the other half of Landau's proposition—to work for a fraction of her usual...

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