Katharine Hepburn Dies at Age 96

Katharine Hepburn was as strong and independent a woman as Hollywood had ever seen. She was tough, smart, and a brilliant actress who brought her strength and character to every role. She was born in 1909, and won her first Oscar as Best Actress in 1933's "Morning Glory."

She jumped from RKO to MGM in a 1937 dispute over what roles she would play. Hepburn was married in 1928, and divorced six years later. She never remarried. But in 1942, she began her long on-and-off screen association with Spencer Tracy in "Woman of the Year."

Tracy and Hepburn teamed up during the Forties and Fifties in such great films as "State of the Union," "Adam's Rib," and "Pat and Mike."

The formula was magic. The tolerant Tracy and the vibrant Hepburn in a brilliant battle of the sexes. Tracy and Hepburn were together again for 1967's "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," Hepburn's performance won her a second Oscar.

In 1981, Hepburn received her fourth Academy Award for her performance in what became her favorite film, On Golden Pond.

Hepburn was considered by many the first lady of American Film -- the consummate actress.