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|Also Known As:||Died:||June 29, 2003|
|Born:||May 12, 1907||Cause of Death:||natural causes|
|Birth Place:||Hartford, Connecticut, USA||Profession:||Cast ...|
Reportedly, Hepburn turned down the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award. Bette Davis became the first female recipient instead.
"When I started out, I didn't have any desire to be an actress or to learn how to act. I just wanted to be famous." --Katharine Hepburn.
"She has a face that belongs to the sea and the wind, with large rocking-horse nostrils and teeth that you just know bite an apple every day." --Cecil Beaton.
"She makes dialogue sound better than it is by a matchless clarity and beauty of diction, and by a fineness of intelligence and sensibility that illuminates every shade of meaning in every line she speaks" --writer-director Garson Kanin.
"As an actress, she's a joy to work with. She's in there trying every moment. There isn't anything passive about her; she 'gives'. And as a person, she's real. There's no pretense about her. She's the most completely honest woman I've ever met." --Cary Grant.
"She talks at you as though you were a microphone ... She lectured the hell out of me on temperance and the evils of drink. She's actually kind of sweet and lovable, though, and she's absolutely honest and absolutely fair about her work. None of this late on the set or demanding close-ups or that kind of thing. She doesn't give a damn how she looks. She doesn't have to be waited on, either ... I don't think she tries to be a character. I think she IS one." --Humphrey Bogart.
"I've had a fascinating life. I don't think I'm the least bit peculiar, but people tell me I am." --Katharine Hepburn
"The single most important thing anyone needs to know about me is that I am totally, completely the product of two damn fascinating individuals who happened to be my parents." --Katharine Hepburn.
"I have always lived my life exactly as I wanted. I've tried to please no one but myself and very likely displeased a great number in the process ... But I'm entirely content. I can sit back in my old age and not regret a single thing. It's what I wish for you, my dear. A life with no regrets." --Hepburn's character in "One Christmas", quoted in USA Today, December 19, 1994.
"It is the most minor of gifts and not a very high-class way to earn a living. After all, Shirley Temple could do it at the age of 4"---Hepburn on Acting People March 08, 1982
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