I just wanted to let you know I enjoyed
your site on Hepburn. I’ve always been a great fan. I saw her in "A Matter Of Gravity" on Broadway with Christopher Reeve. Here’s
a story you might enjoy.
year I decided my family and I had to get away for a weekend.
I decided on Old Saybrook, CT. I always knew about Hepburn’s family home Fenwick, but was never sure where it really was in Connecticut. Anyway, we drove from Staten Island, New York with our two teenage kids in the back seat. I went into a store and I picked up a "Homes For Sale" magazine,
and low and behold Hepburn's estate was on the cover. It
was like we were meant to be there at that time to find this
magazine and Fenwick.
that moment on, I was hell bent on finding Fenwick. We
had some laughs that day! While it was happening, we
felt a little like the"I Love Lucy" episodes
that took place in Hollywood with Lucy and Ethel chasing
Bill Holden and John Wayne! After a while, we found a
long narrow bridge and decided to drive over it, only
to find Fenwick and Hepburn's legendary home. I have
the large coffee table book about Hepburn and Fenwick,
so I knew the minute I saw it I was in the right place.
It was abandoned and sort of run down, but I just imagined
all that went on there. Naturally, we got out, took pictures,
actually went on her beach and kind of meditated for
a little while thinking of all the luminaries that had
took a rock from her beach and I treasure it. I truly
felt I was meant to find Fenwick that day. It was
one of the most important days in my life. I sent
away for Sotheby’s catalog but never got a
chance to bid on anything. Now I'm sorry I didn't,
but, at least, I have the rock from her beach.
people at Sotheby’s e-mailed me the final
buy prices from the Hepburn auction. Wow! The
dining room table from Fenwick, which is what
I wanted, went for $4800. Now I thought that
would have gone for $50,000. I would have loved
to have bought that!
Here are some photos I hope you will enjoy! One photo shows Hepburn's mini golf course in the backyard. The other photos speak for themselves.
the way, my favorite film is "bringing up baby".