01:42 PM EDT 12/02/2013
Originally posted 11/26/2013 10:55AM
Tough-talking, yet sensible. Earnestly sincere, yet hip to bull. Sandra Bullock in Gravity?
Well, sure. But the same was said (and much earlier) about screen legend Barbara Stanwyck – "A Stand-Up Dame," as PEOPLE called her in 1990, when, after a four-decade career, the formidable star of Annie Oakley, Stella Dallas, Meet John Doe, The Lady Eve, Double Indemnity, 1953's Titanic and TV's The Big Valley, among other popular vehicles of their day, died of heart failure at age 82.
"She wasn't a great beauty like Dietrich or Garbo or an actress with the range of a Bette Davis or a Katharine Hepburn," said PEOPLE, which splashed Stanwyck on a 1985 cover. "But she had grit, sex appeal and vulnerability, in spades."
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 05/13/2010 12:20PM
It's an honor bestowed on America's best-loved entertainers who've passed away – a commemorative U.S. postage stamp.
Elvis has one – the most popular U.S. stamp of all time, in fact. So do Marilyn Monroe and James Dean. As of Wednesday, Katharine Hepburn, who died in 2003, has one too.
The full 2010 lineup is already set. But what happens when the U.S. Postal Service has to ready more celeb-studded stamps? Here are a few ideas to consider for the future:
Originally posted 06/29/2003 01:00PM
Legendary actress Katharine Hepburn, the feisty Yankee blue-blood who projected an image of determined female independence both onscreen and off, died Sunday at 2:50 p.m. at her home in Old Saybrook, Conn., following a long illness, according to news reports. She was 96.
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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