Katharine Hepburn Hospitalized

ByABC News

July 19, 2001 -- Reclusive Hollywood legend Katharine Hepburn, who is 94, has been admitted to a hospital in Hartford, Conn., where she has undergone tests for an undisclosed ailment, a hospital spokesman said today.

The four-time Oscar winner, who suffers from Parkinson's disease, was admitted yesterday to Hartford Hospital and is in stable condition, hospital spokesman James Battaglio said.

The star of The Philadelphia Story and The African Queen had requested that no details of her condition be made public, said Battaglio. He said she was taken to the hospital in an ambulance but quoted her doctor as saying, "If she continues to respond to medication, she should be discharged in the next couple of days."

Hepburn was born in Hartford on May 12, 1907, and her father and brother, both doctors, practiced at the Hartford Hospital.

Known as the first lady of American cinema in the 1930s and 1940s, Hepburn created an enduring image of a strong-willed woman of classic beauty that brought her an unequaled four Best Actress Academy Awards.

She won the Best Actress Oscar in 1933 for Morning Glory, in 1967 for Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, in 1968 for The Lion in Winter, and in 1981 for On Golden Pond. She was nominated for the award eight other times, a nomination record matched only by Meryl Streep.

Irreverent and feisty, Hepburn has always spoken her mind. Her independent spirit has made her a role model to many women, and she was voted America's most admired woman in a 1985 Ladies Home Journal survey. Her last film was the 1994 remake of Love Affair, with Warren Beatty.Reuters contributed to this story.

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