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30 May 2010

Commemorating Kate

“I don’t want to be worshipped. I want to be loved.”  Katharine Hepburn as Tracy Lord in playwright Philip Barry’s 1939 Philadelphia Story

“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun”-Katharine Hepburn

One can only imagine what The Great Kate would have to say about her very famous chiseled cheek bones appearing on a US Postage stamp---would she be pleased or flattered?  Why not!

Kate's entry into philatelic history is part of the US postal services ongoing Legends of Hollywood series which has paid tribute to such classic film icons as Bette Davis,Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant and Humphrey Bogart. The image of Hepburn on the stamp is a stunning publicity photo from Woman of the Year (1942) shot by famed Hollywood photographer Clarence Bull and reminds us that she was not only the actress that every actress strives to be, but also a great beauty and the woman who,as her niece Katherine Houghton has said, "provided hope and inspiration and courage to a whole new generation of women."

The stamp was issued on May 12 which would have been Kate's 103rd birthday in a ceremony in her hometown of Old Saybrook, CT. In his statement on the release of the stamp Postmaster General John Potter echoed what many feel about the woman who knowingly or not blazed a trail for women in film, and helped redefine a woman's role both on and off the screen
"Katharine Hepburn will be remembered for generations, for both her unparalleled acting ability and being a role model for women who chose to live life on their own terms,"

"I never lose sight of the fact that just being is fun." Katharine Hepburn