Kate & Jimmy

Was Katherine Hepburn trans?

According to Mann, as a child Hepburn created an identity she called Jimmy. This was who Hepburn truly believed herself to be – a boy named Jimmy Hepburn. Mann explains that Hepburn actually had 3 personalities: Jimmy, Kath, and Kate. Jimmy was her true self, Kath was the female she presented to her family, and Kate was the actress and Hollywood legend we all knew. It’s some very interesting insight.

Honestly, I think that means she had Multiple Personality Disorder, but of course, that she thought of herself as having a few genders doesn’t make her trans – just interesting.

Interestingly, the title of the book this idea comes from is called Kate: The Woman Who Was Hepburn.

One Reply to “Kate & Jimmy”

  1. I’ve heard about the Jimmy personality before. I was drawn to her athletic and masculine trouser-wearing personna depicted in many of her films like ‘Pat and Mike’ (1952). I don’t know when her Jimmy personality emerged, but she did have a brother who died by apparent suicide and was deeply depressed to the point that she took his birthday as her own. A very interesting person from a very interesting family.

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