Originally created 07/01/03

Friends, admirers remember Katharine Hepburn

OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. -- People who knew her in life and others who just felt they did by watching her in movies remembered Katharine Hepburn as a model of patrician class - who always maintained a common touch.

"She was one of us," said Barbara Maynard, a longtime Hepburn friend in Old Saybrook - where Hepburn died at age 96 Sunday at her longtime home with family and friends by her side.

After news of her death spread, dozens of admirers gathered near Hepburn's home and several bouquets of flowers were left at the end of her driveway, which was blocked by police cars Monday morning.

In Hollywood, flowers, candles and a 6-inch Oscar-like trophy that read "Best Mom" piled up on her star on the Walk of Fame Sunday.

Kaz Mieis, 33, who is homeless, sprinkled green confetti-like stars over the makeshift memorial. She then lit two candles on the star.

One fan left a card that read, "A real lady, a true star, you will be missed."

Another typed a tribute onto a color photo of Hepburn. It read, "They simply don't make 'em like this anymore! Miss Hepburn, you will always be remembered as a true inspiration! Rest in peace. A devoted fan."

Elizabeth Taylor counted herself among admirers.

"I think every actress in the world looked up to her with a kind of reverence and a sense of, 'Oh boy, if only I could be like her,"' Taylor said in a statement. "We never looked at her with envy or jealousy because she worked with such grace and wit and charm. You only wish that one day you could be like her. I am so glad that she and Spence (Spencer Tracy) are finally together again."

President Bush and first lady Laura Bush, who were at their Texas ranch over the weekend, expressed their condolences to Hepburn's family.

"Katharine Hepburn delighted audiences with her unique talent for more than six decades," Bush said. "She was known for her intelligence and wit and will be remembered as one of the nation's artistic treasures."

Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., said Hepburn was "a unique and shining star who lit up the silver screen for generations of Americans and people worldwide."

Michele Sullivan, a spokeswoman for Gov. John G. Rowland, said plans for a remembrance have not been set.

"It's a sad day in Connecticut to have lost such a special person who was more than an icon and an actress, but was a wonderful, caring lady whose recognition of achievement, success and legacy is known by people of all ages," Sullivan said. "May we remember Katharine fondly as one of Connecticut's finest."

Maynard said what she will miss the most is "just knowing that she is here."

"Of course, we can always see her movies," she said.

In New York, the lights will dim on Broadway at 8 p.m. Tuesday in honor of Hepburn, said Patricia Armetta-Haubner, a spokeswoman for the League of American Theaters and Producers.

Maynard said Hepburn aided the town in many ways. She helped the town buy property along the shore for a waterfront park, and she once donated a fire engine to the local department. And she made several anonymous gifts in the community, she said.

In December, Hepburn gave the town a portrait, which shows her dressed casually in khakis, a black turtleneck and sneakers. The painting by Myfanwy Pavelic, an old friend of Hepburn's, had hung over the fireplace in her New York City apartment. It now hangs in the town's historical society building.

Career highlights of Katharine Hepburn:


A Bill of Divorcement, 1932

Christopher Strong, 1933

Morning Glory, 1933

Little Women, 1933

Spitfire, 1934

The Little Minister, 1934

Break of Hearts, 1935

Alice Adams, 1935

Sylvia Scarlett, 1936

Mary of Scotland, 1936

A Woman Rebels, 1936

Quality Street, 1937

Stage Door, 1937

Bringing Up Baby, 1938

Holiday, 1938

The Philadelphia Story, 1940

Woman of the Year, 1942

Keeper of the Flame, 1942

Stage Door Canteen, 1943

Dragon Seed, 1944

Without Love, 1945

Undercurrent, 1946

The Sea of Grass, 1947

Song of Love, 1947

State of the Union, 1948

Adam's Rib, 1949

The African Queen, 1951

Pat and Mike, 1952

Summertime, 1955

The Iron Petticoat, 1956

The Rainmaker, 1956

The Desk Set, 1957

Suddenly Last Summer, 1959

Long Day's Journey Into Night, 1962

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?, 1967

The Lion in Winter, 1968

The Madwoman of Chaillot, 1969

The Trojan Women, 1971

A Delicate Balance, 1972

Rooster Cogburn, 1975

Olly Olly Oxen Free, 1976

On Golden Pond, 1981

Grace Quigley, 1984

Love Affair, 1994


These Days, 1928

A Month in the Country, 1930

Warrior's Husband, 1932

The Lake, 1933

The Philadelphia Story, 1939

The Millionairess, 1952

The Merchant of Venice, 1957

Coco, 1969

A Matter of Gravity, 1976

West Side Waltz, 1980


Love Among the Ruins, 1974

Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry, 1986

Laura Lansing Slept Here, 1988

The Man Upstairs, 1992

One Christmas, 1994


The Making of The African Queen: Or, How I Went To Africa With Bogart, Bacall and Huston and Almost Lost My Mind, 1987

Me: Stories from My Life, 1991

List of Hepburn's Oscar nominations, wins

Katharine Hepburn was nominated for an Oscar 12 times and won four. Her four wins is a record for an actor or actress.

Meryl Streep passed Hepburn in number of nominations when she received her 13th for the 2002 film "Adaptation." Jack Nicholson tied her the same year when he received his 12th.

Hepburn's Oscar nominations:

Morning Glory, 1933 Won

Alice Adams, 1935

The Philadelphia Story, 1940

Woman of the Year, 1942

The African Queen, 1951

Summertime, 1955

The Rainmaker, 1956

Suddenly, Last Summer, 1959

Long Day's Journey Into Night, 1962

Guess Who's Coming To Dinner, 1967 Won

The Lion in Winter, 1968 Won (tie with Barbra Streisand for "Funny Girl")

On Golden Pond, 1981 Won


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