I always thought she didn’t want them but I watched this documentary on TCM and in the interview she always mentions how she won an Oscar for that or got a nomination for that film. She seems proud of them.
Did she just hate the ceremony?
Hepburn went on record stating that essentially, yes, she did hate the ceremony. It wasn’t that she wasn’t proud to be a nominee, but she was apparently very uncomfortable with the notion of attending the ceremony and being put in the very vulnerable position of possibly losing in such a public forum. Thus, her tongue-in-cheek statement when she made her sole appearance at the ceremony to pay tribute to her friend Lawrence Weingarten that “I’m living proof that someone can wait (xxxx amount of) years to be unselfish.”
Jane Fonda also mentioned in her GoldDerby chat with Tom a year or two ago that Hepburn called her (or at least sent her message) after she won for On Golden Pond to let Fonda know that she’d never catch up in Oscar wins now. So I guess she could either be playful or prideful about her wins.
I remember reading a George Cukor story about how he accepted one of her Oscars and she let him stay at her LA house while he was there.
He put the Oscar in a paper bag and put it on the top shelf of her coat closet thinking she’d find it there. He said years later he stayed at the house again and he found the Oscar still in the bag exactly where he left it.
She pretended she hated the Oscar’s but she loved them just as much as everyone. I think her performance in “The Lion in Winter” is one of the greatest ever. I am cool with her having 4 Lead Oscars even though she might have been awarded for the wrong performances. I know many hate her win for “Guess Who” but I thought she was 2nd best behind Faye Dunaway. I do not understand the hype for Anne Bancroft in “Graduate” and Audrey Hepbrun should have not been nominated. Hepburn was snubbed for “Stage Door”. I thought she was terrific in that film.