Remembering Katherine Hepburn Evokes Sadness

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Published: Jul 01, 2003

Remembering Katherine Hepburn Evokes Sadness

There is no question about the brilliance of Katherine Hepburn as an actress. The 96-year-old, four-time Oscar winner died Sunday at her home in Connecticut.

While her many fans praised her acting career and her pioneering role for women, buried in the tributes are some truly sad quotes. For example: "Life's what's important. Walking, houses, family. Birth and pain and joy - and then death. Acting's just waiting for the custard pie. That's all."

Here's another: "I don't believe in marriage. Its bloody impractical to love, honor and obey. If it weren't, you wouldn't have to sign a contract.

She had a longtime affair with Spencer Tracy, but they never married because Tracy was a Catholic. That's always mystified me how some people could commit adultery, but not divorce because it went against their church teaching. Hepburn said she always respected Mrs. Tracy and so she and Spencer were not seen together in public. Having an affair shows respect? That's morality in America today.

All that matters for Katherine Hepburn is where she is now.

I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.

Remembering Katherine Hepburn Evokes Sadness