OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. (AP) - A close friend of Katharine Hepburn's says "she died as she lived, with dignity and grace."
The chiseled beauty who starred in "The Philadelphia Story" and "The African Queen" died Sunday at her Connecticut home at age 96. She was surrounded by family and friends.
Hepburn began her acting career on Broadway in 1928 and within a few years, she was in Hollywood. Her remarkable film career included 12 Academy Award nominations and four Oscars.
Some of her best-known performances were opposite Spencer Tracy, with whom she carried on a decades-long love affair, even though Tracy never divorced his wife. Hepburn once said she and Tracy represented "the perfect American couple." They both were nominated for Oscars for 1967's "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner." Hepburn won.
Her other Best Actress performances included "Morning Glory", "The Lion in Winter" and "On Golden Pond."