Katharine Hepburn and Laura Harding
- The caption to the above photo reads “Katharine Hepburn, freckled and tanned from her recent sojourn in Mexico, where she obtained a divorce from Ludlow Smith, arrived in New York City, May 3rd, accompanied by her secretary, Laura Harding. The actress, in reply to mild ribbing by reporters, thumbed her nose.” Secretary, sure.
- From a 1938 Photoplay story called “A Girl’s Best Friend is Her Opposite”: “Miss Harding is more than a best friend- she is guide, philosopher, impresario and accountant for the erratic, wayward star.” “She has a New York debut in her past and a Rumson, New Jersey house in her present- a retreat to which Katharine Hepburn often repairs in a carpet-slipper mood.”
- Sayeth Hepburn “People in Hollywood gossiped about Laura and me, and I never knew it. We would eat lunch in restaurant on the lot. As you walked into the restaurant there was a barbershop on the left. In it a telephone. One day Laura went in to telephone me. The person who answered kept saying, “Who is this?” Finally, Laura said, “Oh tell her it’s her husband!”
- Laura’s first impression of Kate: “I met her very briefly in 1928. I thought ‘She’s not my type. We’d never like each other.’ Isn’t that funny? She had long hair pulled back in a knot, a man’s sweater pinned at the back with a big safety pin - what we called a Brooks sweater - and a tweed skirt.”