12:13 PM EDT 07/06/2014
Originally posted 06/29/2013 10:30AM
Saturday marks the 10th anniversary of the end of an era – the day the larger-than-life Katharine Hepburn died. She was 96.
To mark her many great screen accomplishments – not to mention the influence she exerted on independent people in her lifetime – LIFE.com presents 29 photos of the iconoclast on location for her classic 1951 movie with Humphrey Bogart, director John Huston's The African Queen.
Over time, the characters behind the camera seem to have become more fascinating than those before it, but to recap: the movie is a down-river adventure pairing Charlie Allnutt (Bogie), a disheveled trader with a boat to match (The African Queen), and Rose Sayer (Hepburn), an English spinster missionary. (Director Huston told her to play the role as though she were Eleanor Roosevelt.) And, yes, this mismatched couple fall in love.
Originally posted 02/25/2012 09:30AM
She went on to be nominated four more times – but Audrey Hepburn's first Oscars was the night she brought home the gold.
The actress, nominated for her royal role in the 1953 romantic comedy Roman Holiday, was named Best Actress at the 1954 Academy Awards. Now, Life.com has a look back at that night and many other glamorous moments from Oscars' past in a new gallery.
"I want to say thank you to everybody who in these past months and years have helped, guided and given me so much," Hepburn said on stage that night while accepting her award. "I'm truly, truly grateful – and terribly happy."
Originally posted 02/17/1999 12:00AM
Humphrey Bogart and his "African Queen" co-star Katharine Hepburn led the American Film Institute's list of the 50 greatest screen legends. (The legends had to begin their careers before 1950.) The roster was unveiled during a three-hour special Tuesday night on CBS. Cary Grant was No. 2 on the list of greatest male actors, followed in the Top Ten by James Stewart, Marlon Brando, Fred Astaire, Henry Fonda, Clark Gable, James Cagney, Spencer Tracy and Charlie Chaplin. (Only four on the men's list -- Brando, Gregory Peck, Kirk Douglas and Sidney Poitier -- are still alive.) Following the Great Kate among female legends are, in order: Bette Davis, Audrey Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman, Greta Garbo, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Judy Garland, Marlene Dietrich and Joan Crawford.
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