Throughout her checkered career, Katharine Hepburn has always revealed her true feelings in interviews, such as in her candid and insightful two-hour interview with Dick Cavett in 1973. The actress with the most Oscar wins to date has often been outspoken in her observations of people , which she made regardless of how long or well she actually knew the person. Hepburn’s kind of no-nonsense character assessment greeted Jane Fonda the moment they first met on the set of On Golden Pond.
In a 2005 interview with James Lipton, Fonda noted that her father and Hepburn first met while filming “On Golden Pond,” but she wasn’t able to make that meeting (because she was traveling with Dolly Parton). She commented, “Katharine has never forgiven me for not being there, and when I first met her, the first word she said to me was, ‘I don’t like you!'”
Hepburn’s explanation set the tone for the two cast members who just didn’t get along. In a 2021 interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Fonda revisited the topic, saying that the animosity was partly due to Hepburn’s highly competitive nature. Although Hepburn attempted to tutor the younger Fonda and help her read lines, Fonda remarked that “she [Katharine Hepburn] Dominick Dunne once said I don’t have a soul.” Ouch.