Why? Because she was "yare"- nimble, lively, agile. The word she & Cary Grant used to describe their sailboat in Philadelphia Story also applies to the leading lady, known for her lean, athletic look and her sexy, convention- busting pants and heels. In 1985, the Council of Fashion Designers of America gave her a Lifetime Achievement Award for her nonconformist role in modern fashion.
Katharine Houghton Hepburn (May 12, 1907 – June 29, 2003) was an American actress of film, stage, and television. In a career that spanned more than sixty years, she was best known for playing strong-willed, sophisticated women in both dramas and comedies. The winner of a record four Academy Awards for Best Actress, Hepburn also became a cultural icon through her independent lifestyle and spirited personality, and is acknowledged as an influential figure in the public's changing perception of women over the course of the 20th century.The longevity, success and impact of Hepburn's career led the American Film Institute to name her the greatest female star in the history of American cinema