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ME: STORIES OF MY LIFE by Katharine Hepburn; Knopf; 420 pages; $25

Katharine Hepburn is an odd bird. Hemorrhaging after an eye operation, she yells to her chauffeur, "David, take off your shoes and socks and your pants -- and get into the tub and try to get the blood out of the stuff I throw in there." With her lover Howard Hughes, two of the skinniest eccentrics of our time, she dives naked off the wing of his seaplane. In a chapter about another beau, the agent Leland Hayward, Hepburn talks about living in Los Angeles' Coldwater Canyon, living in...

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