Inspiring Woman, Nominated by Elisabeth Moss: Katharine Hepburn, Actress (1907-2003)
“Because, in addition to being an incredible actress and a beautiful woman, she was career-savvy: After starring in the play of The Philadelphia Story, she bought the movie rights and sold them to MGM on the condition that she star in the film—a pretty ballsy move. I think any actress today who is producing or doing her own projects owes being able to do that to Katharine Hepburn. She had an amazing ability to remain herself completely and not compromise on who she was, what she wore, or what she believed. It takes a lot of courage not to change when people ask you to be different, and all women can relate to that."
—Elisabeth Moss plays Peggy Olson on Mad Men (x)
"One night she (Katie) had Spencer Tracy, James Cagney, Bogie, and me for dinner. The three actors were contemporaries - each had left his individual mark - and they liked and admired each other. As they exchanged stories and reminisced, Katie and I sat spellbound. This is the only time I can remember that we both shut up. We just sat listening, and I, for one, felt privileged to be there…. It was an unforgettable night. Katie and I sat on the floor at their feet, of course."
Katharine Hepburn and Douglas Fairbanks Jr.