New York, June 30 (Reuters): The death of Katharine Hepburn, the first lady of American cinema who won a record four best actress Oscars, drew eulogies to the auburn-haired beauty known for her fiercely independent spirit.
President George W. Bush led tributes to the screen siren. “Katharine Hepburn delighted audiences with her unique talent for more than six decades. She was known for her intelligence and wit and will be remembered as one of the nation’s artistic treasures,” a statement from the president said.
The Washington Post spoke of her “breathtaking talent and unsurpassed durability.”
Tennessee Williams said she was “a playwright's dream a dream actress,” after seeing her performance as the rich and possessive Violet Venable in the 1959 film version of his play Suddenly Last Summer, which also produced an Oscar nomination for Hepburn. Frank Capra, the great Hollywood director, once said: “There are actresses and actresses then there is Hepburn.”
David . Selznick, the executive producer of her first movie, Bill of Divorcement, in 1932 found her stunning in one of the film’s early scenes when all she did was walk into a room, stretch out her arms and lie down in front of a fireplace.