[#image: /photos/5853851ae3d613c03e1ebb8e]||||||

Once dubbed "box office poison," Katharine Hepburn proved her critics dead wrong, ultimately charming audiences—then and now—with her feisty, film characters as well as her no-nonsense style and her famous New England lilt. This month, the Smithsonian celebrates all things Hepburn with an exhibit at its National Portrait Gallery—with everything from images and clips to her record-setting four Oscar statuettes. "Kate: A Centennial" will be on view through June 1, 2008.

Katharine Hepburn By Edward Jean Steichen, Gelatin silver print, 1933
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, © 1982 Joanna T. Steichen