Katharine Hepburn wore slacks before they were considered acceptable or fashionable for women, didn't wear makeup, spoke her mind, was even considered box office poison at one point in her career. She was one of the first assertive women in Hollywood and became a role model for many modern women. But because she refused to follow the "good girl" path, Hepburn paid a price and had to reinvent herself in her career a couple times.
Katharine Hepburn also received four Academy Awards (over forty-eight years), twelve Oscar nominations (only Meryl Streep beat her record), and made a number of films which are considered classics to this day.
About her life and career, Katharine Hepburn said, "When I’ve been unsuccessful, I’ve been controlled. When I’ve been successful, I’ve been in control."