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Many seasons ago gossip columnist Liz Smith used her daily ink to ask that someone in Hollywood take the time to restore to mint condition the classic Katharine Hepburn and Peter O'Toole movie "The Lion in Winter." Now Smith says she has gotten her wish. Sony says it's fully restored the negative for the film and MGM is making a DVD copy of the award-winn- ing movie. A crew went to see O'Toole at his New York estate to get his comments and memories of the film. They will be included in a special track on the DVD. Meanwhile, Hepburn continues to recuperate in her Connecticut home. She is now 94.

07/19/2001 - USA TODAY
Katharine Hepburn hospitalized

Four-time Academy Award winner Katharine Hepburn was undergoing tests at a hospital Thursday and was expected to go home in a few days. The nature of the 94-year-old actress' illness was not disclosed. Past health problems include arthritis and Parkinson's disease. Hepburn was admitted around 6 p.m. Wednesday and was resting comfortably in stable condition Thursday morning, Hartford Hospital spokesman James Battaglio said. "She's awake and alert. Her physician is currently running some tests and if all goes well, she could be discharged over the next few days," Battaglio said. Hepburn, who lives in Old Saybrook, is a Hartford native; her father was chief of staff at Hartford Hospital. During her 60-year career, she was nominated for a record 12 Academy Awards and won for Morning Glory, 1933; Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, 1967; A Lion in Winter, 1968; and On Golden Pond, 1981.

Bogie, Kate Lead the Pack

Humphrey Bogart and his "African Queen" co-star Katharine Hepburn led the American Film Institute's list of the 50 greatest screen legends. (The legends had to begin their careers before 1950.) The roster was unveiled during a three-hour special Tuesday night on CBS. Cary Grant was No. 2 on the list of greatest male actors, followed in the Top Ten by James Stewart, Marlon Brando, Fred Astaire, Henry Fonda, Clark Gable, James Cagney, Spencer Tracy and Charlie Chaplin. (Only four on the men's list -- Brando, Gregory Peck, Kirk Douglas and Sidney Poitier -- are still alive.) Following the Great Kate among female legends are, in order: Bette Davis, Audrey Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman, Greta Garbo, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Judy Garland, Marlene Dietrich and Joan Crawford.
There are five living female legends -- Liz Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, Lauren Bacall, Shirley Temple and Sophia Loren.