“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.”

by Lisa Donovan

There are have been a few women in our history who personify strength and beauty with the same intensity.  Katherine Hepburn was one of them.  I don’t know many women who don’t hold her in highest esteem - she busted through a great many stereotypes and allowed women to forge their own paths and styles without question.  Today is her birthday and I think it is worth reflecting on her wonderful presence in our culture.

It’s the birthday of actress Katharine Hepburn, (books by this actor), born in Hartford, Connecticut (1907). She became a Hollywood star by not doing anything that Hollywood stars were supposed to do. Her looks were unconventional: she had red hair and freckles and sharp cheekbones. She didn’t wear make-up or dresses, she didn’t cooperate with the media, and she had a habit of insulting other people in the business. She played smart, sexy, independent women who were always able to get the guy in the end.

She won her first Oscar for her role in Morning Glory (1933). After that she hand-picked each of her movies, and she often had a say in who the other actors in the movie would be. Sometimes she rewrote her own lines, something almost no other actress would have dared to do at the time.

In 1991, Hepburn published her autobiography, titled Me, and it was a best-seller. She wrote about her twenty-seven-year affair with Spencer Tracy, her career, and life in her brownstone in the middle of Manhattan, where she lived for more than sixty years.

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