02 Jul Katharine Hepburn
Dead: 29 June 2003
In: Old Saybrook, Connecticut, Stati Uniti
She was an American actress.
Known for her fierce independence and spirited personality, Hepburn was a leading lady in Hollywood for more than 60 years.
She appeared in a range of genres, from screwball comedy to literary drama, and she received a record four Academy Awards for Best Actress.
In 1999, Hepburn was named by the American Film Institute the greatest female star of Classic Hollywood Cinema.
Hepburn famously shunned the Hollywood publicity machine, and refused to conform to society's expectations of women.
She was outspoken, assertive, athletic, and wore trousers before it was fashionable for women to do so.
She was briefly married as a young woman, but thereafter lived independently.
A 26-year relationship with her co-star Spencer Tracy was hidden from the public.
With her unconventional lifestyle and the independent characters she brought to the screen, Hepburn epitomized the "modern woman" in the 20th-century United States, and is remembered as an important cultural figure.