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Richard Hepburn, playwright, 89



Friday October 20 11:32 AM ET

Richard Hepburn, actress' playwright brother, dies 

OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. (Reuters) - Richard Hepburn, a playwright and the
younger brother of actress Katharine Hepburn, has died, his family said
Friday. He was 89.

``Dick'' Hepburn, who lived with his famous sister at the family's
Connecticut home overlooking Long Island Sound in the borough of Fenwick,
died Wednesday of heart problems, said his brother-in-law, Ellsworth
Grant.

Born in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1911, Hepburn was the third of six
children of Dr. Thomas Norval Hepburn and Katharine Houghton Hepburn.

While none of Dick Hepburn's plays were ever produced on Broadway, writing
``was his main occupation and interest,'' Grant told Reuters. Some of his
plays were produced on the West Coast and in repertory theaters, Grant
said.

Asked about the health of actress Katharine Hepburn, who turned 93 in May,
Grant said: ``She's doing very well, for her age.''

In an interview with the Hartford Courant newspaper published Friday,
Grant described his brother-in-law as ``a completely free spirit with an
iconoclastic outlook.''

``He was just not like the others in the family,'' Grant told the
paper. ``They are all very different but he was almost a completely
different, separate figure.''

``The rest of the family was all engaged in different activities,'' Grant
said. ``Bob's a doctor, Peg's a librarian, Marion was a social activist,
Katharine an actress. They all had their particular pegs or niches. He was
the playwright, standing back. He would be the social critic of his
period.''

Hepburn is survived by four children, two sisters, and one brother.

Reuters/Variety REUTERS 


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