Katharine Hepburn is my absolute favorite actress. A rebel in so many ways, she was a feisty, upper-class lady who lived on the edge and didn't let society to dictate who she was or how she should behave. She had an attitude. Say what you want about her, but she was original and intriguing... and one can't hold their tongue when they have as many interesting things to say as she did.
I have loved her for quiet some time, but just finished her autobiography titled, Me: Stories of My Life. It is written in such a way that you can just hear her talking in the background, with her Bryn Mawr accent and her non-stop chatter. She's a riot in so many of her movies and consistently portrays an independent sort of woman with class, dignity, and humor...and looks good doing it.
You should read it if you have the chance...but only after getting to know her a little bit in the following movies, my favorites so far. The ones with the asterisk are the BEST and you must watch them!
Woman of the Year, Adam's Rib,
The African Queen, Desk Set*