portrait of Katharine Hepburn
As Eleanor of Aquitaine in The Lion in Winter (1968)

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Quotes of the Day for 2 July 2003 – Katharine Hepburn

Katharine Houghton Hepburn died at her home at Old Saybrook, Connecticut on Sunday, she was 96. Born to a successful surgeon, educated at Bryn Mawr College, she didn't need to wait tables to support her acting ambitions. From early in her career she chose her own course, typified by wearing trousers starting in the '30s. She had a 27-year affair with Spencer Tracy, but never actually mentioned it until after both Tracy and his wife had died. Reading the names of the 43 films she starred in, I'm sure everyone has a favorite - mine is her role as Eleanor of Aquitaine in "The Lion in Winter." She was nominated for twelve academy awards, a record beaten only last year, and won four of them, none of which she appeared to collect.

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The quotes:

Acting 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 age four.

If you survive long enough, you're revered - rather like an old building.

Life can be wildly tragic at times, and I've had my share. But whatever happens to you, you have to keep a slightly comic attitude. In the final analysis, you have got not to forget to laugh.

I strike people as peculiar in some way, although I don't quite understand why. Of course, I have an angular face, an angular body and, I suppose, an angular personality, which jabs into people.

I've always lived my life exactly as I wanted. I wouldn't change a single thing. No regrets.

I have no fear of death, Must be wonderful, like a long sleep. But let's face it: it's how you live that really counts.
     - All from Katharine Hepburn, 1907 - 2003


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