Katherine Hepburn was an iconic actor in the Hollywood firmament for more than 60 years. She appeared in a range of genres, from comedy to literary drama, and received four Academy Awards for Best Actress—a record for any performer. Hepburn made her name and her reputation by being fiercely independent and famously shunned the Hollywood publicity machine. She refused to conform to society's expectations of women and was outspoken, assertive, athletic, and wore trousers before it was fashionable for women to do so. But few know exactly how much Hepburn’s life was impacted by one person and one event..