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January 14, 2013

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Richard Kramer

Beaton's diaries, especially the unexpurgated ones, are a joy. Particularly entertaining is his
description of doing Katharine Hepburn's costumes for COCO. They hated each other. Beaton
would design his own version of a perfect Chanel suit, and Hepburn would go home and, with her
long-time spinster assistant Phyllis, rip it up so "it would be more right for Kate". And she
insisted on keeping the theatre at freezing temperatures, because it was "better for her process".
Beaton was a great artist who found a productive way to live in his own dream of the past.

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