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Katharine Hepburn was famous for her Mid-Atlantic accent – Daily Mail

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Edith Skinner wrote the 1924 book ‘Speak with Distinction’ (center). She was the go-to speech expert in Hollywood during the Golden Era of film – crafting the accent made famous by Katharine Hepburn (left). The accent was thought to be in response to silent film stars like Clara Bow (right) whose Brooklyn accent was jarring when talkies came about. However, her ‘Good Speech’ accent was really just an affectation that went out of style by the 1960s. Skinner’s goal was to eliminate regionalization, but the result was a strange accent not found anywhere else.

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Date: May 25, 2020

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