American movie actress; starred in “The African Queen” and “The Philadelphia Story.”
Typewritten Letter Signed, “Katharine Hepburn (with her phone number, 203-388-9705),” August 13, 1985, one page, octavo, on her personal stationery with her name engraved in red. To fashion designer Perry Ellis.
“Dear Perry Ellis / Why don’t you call me: PL 5-4345. I think you’d be better off with someone who enjoys this sort of thing.”
At the time of this letter, Perry Ellis, on behalf of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) was lobbying a reluctant Katharine Hepburn to accept a fashion award from the organization for her distinctive fashion style. Ellis, who built a fashion empire with his quirky sportswear, received a fashion award from CFDA in 1981 and went on to become its president. Ultimately Hepburn was persuaded to allow the Council of Fashion Designers to honor her. In 1986, the year that she received the award, Perry Ellis died, still quite young (46 years old). A special award for emerging talents was created in his honor.