Katharine Hepburn Honored with Legends Stamp

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Katharine Hepburn Honored with Legends Stamp

The latest stamp in the Legends of Hollywood series will honor Katharine Hepburn, one of Screen Actors Guild’s founding members from 1933. The stamp goes on sale May 12, the late actor’s birthday, and features a publicity still from the film Woman of the Year (MGM, 1942), photographed by Clarence Sinclair Bull.


SAG honored Hepburn in 1979 with its highest honor, the Life Achievement Award. 

The First-Day-of-Issue dedication ceremony is free and open to the public.

When: 11 a.m. (ET), Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Where: Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center 300 Main Street
Old Saybrook, CT  06475-2395

Who: Sam Waterston, actor (starred with her in The Glass Menagerie) Anthony Harvey, filmmaker and director (directed her in The Lion in Winter)
John E. Potter, Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer, United States Postal Service
Chuck Still, executive director, Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center

Background: The U.S. Postal Service honors the only recipient of four Academy Awards for Best Actress,  “First Lady of Cinema,” Katharine Hepburn, as the 16
th inductee into the Legends of Hollywood commemorative stamp series.  The stamp, designed by Derry Noyes of Washington, DC, is based
on a publicity still from the film Woman of the Year (MGM, 1942).

Born on May 12, 1907, in Hartford, CT, Katharine Houghton Hepburn was the second child and oldest daughter of Dr. Thomas N. Hepburn, a surgeon, and Katharine Houghton, an advocate for women’s rights. Her progressive and freethinking parents contributed greatly to the development of Hepburn’s bold and adventurous outlook on life. They encouraged her to take risks, speak her mind, and challenge convention:  “I was taught,” she said, “not to be afraid of anything.”

Over an almost-50-year span, she was a 13-time Academy Award nominee and currently reigns as the only recipient of four Oscars in the Best Actress category for Morning Glory (1933), Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967), The Lion in Winter (1968), and On Golden Pond (1981). Hepburn is ranked the number one female in the American Film Institute’s “50 Greatest Movie Legends.”  She died in 2003.


Photo credit: ©USPS