However, I just came across this quote of hers from the book Follies of God: Tennessee Williams and the Women of the Fog, and I like it:
Well, it’s not enough to be talented. There’s a lot of talent out there, but it’s owned by lazy, stupid, or essentially boring people. You can’t just be talented: You have to be terribly smart and energetic and ruthless. You also have to become more than your bones and your skin to the project. Don’t just show up. Transform the work, yourself, and everybody around you. Be needed. Be interesting. Be something no one else can be—and consistently.I like this quote because it says something I wholeheartedly believe in. Not that what I believe in matters to anyone, least of all, anyone in the New Orleans Theat-ah Communi-tèe [sic]. I mean, it’s a well-known, but little-mentioned, fact that there are more actors in New Orleans than there are actors in New Orleans. And aside from their insistence on being inaudible from any stage in town, they are ill-trained (if, in fact, they have had any training at all), and they are boring. White-bread, beige-colored boring. I have actually crept out of plays at those moments when all the people on the stage have managed to removed every stitch of their clothing in order to continue an extended sex scene totally naked—because they were all totally boring.
—Interview with James Grissom, 1990
Who knows, maybe if they discover that Katharine Hepburn said something about their being boring, they might take it upon themselves to do something about it.
You never know.
If, that is, they know who Katharine Hepburn was.
And another thing... If you haven’t read Follies of God, you should. If you care about theatre and if you care about Tennessee Williams (and, God, you should, no matter what you might think about theatre!), get the damn book already.