'KATHARINE HEPBURN: DRESSED FOR STAGE AND SCREEN' OPENS AT APPLETON, NOV. 19

 (OCALA, Fla.) Sept. 1, 2011 — Renowned actress, role model, fashion icon, outspoken, independent and feisty, Katharine Hepburn is listed by the American Film Institute as Hollywood’s greatest screen legend. Her fans, admirers and the entire community will have the opportunity to enjoy a closer look at this remarkable actress when the exhibition “Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen” opens on Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida. Showcased will be one of the most complete collections of stage, film and television costumes, plus publicity fashion apparel, related to Hepburn’s six-decade career. The Appleton will also offer a series of Date With Kate luncheon packages and Hepburn lectures during the run of the exhibition. For more information, contact the Appleton Museum at 352-291-4455 or visit www.AppletonMuseum.org.

Daily admission to the Appleton Museum is $6 for adults; $4 for seniors 55 or better and students 19 and over; $3 for youths ages 10-18; and free for members, CF students, children age 9 and under, and active military personnel and their immediate families.

“Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen” will present more than 40 Hepburn outfits including stage costumes from “The Philadelphia Story,” “Without Love,” “Coco,” “West Side Waltz” and “A Matter of Gravity,” plus film and publicity clothes from “The Little Minister,” “Adam’s Rib,” “The Iron Petticoat,” “Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” “A Delicate Balance,” “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner” and “The Lion In Winter.” There will also be costumes from her many television movies such as her Emmy-nominated performance in “Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry” and her Emmy-winning performance in “Love Among the Ruins.” The exhibition comes from the Kent State University Museum that received the collection from Hepburn’s estate in 2008 and displayed the costumes to the public for the first time last year.

The Appleton’s Date With Kate luncheon packages will be offered from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays, Nov. 26, Dec. 10 and 17 and Jan. 7. Each package is priced at $25 per person and includes docent tours of the exhibition, an elegant lunch in the Café featuring menu items prepared from Hepburn’s personal recipes and a classic Hepburn film in the Auditorium. Films to be screened include “Adam’s Rib,” “State of the Union,” “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner” and “On Golden Pond.” Advance reservations with payment are required and tickets may be purchased in person at the Appleton’s Gift Shop or by calling 352-291-4455, ext. 1846. For tour information, contact Lara Sundberg at 352-291-4455, ext. 1836, or email pisanil@cf.edu.

Two Hepburn lectures will be presented in the Appleton’s Auditorium. On opening day, Saturday, Nov. 19, Kent State University Museum Director and Curator of the Hepburn exhibition Jean Druesedow will provide details on the history of the many costumes and fashion items at 2 p.m. On Sunday, Dec. 4, a program on the design and construction of Hepburn’s costumes will be presented at 2 p.m. by Florida State University Associate Professor of Costume Technology Martha Cooper.

In addition to the Hepburn exhibition, guests are invited to view all of the Appleton’s permanent collections of European, American and Contemporary art, plus Asian, African, Islamic and pre-Columbian artifacts and antiquities. The Appleton Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays and closed on Mondays. A 12-month membership is available for $25 for seniors 55 and over, $30 for adults 18 and over, $40 for two seniors over age 55, $50 for a family of two adults and any children under age 18, and $15 for all college students and current or retired educators. Owned and operated by College of Central Florida, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, east of downtown on SR40 (exit 352 east off I-75 or exit 268 west off I-95). For more information call the Appleton Museum of Art at 352-291-4455 or visit www.AppletonMuseum.org.