Katherine Hepburn --one of my all time favorite actresses and first truly modern woman! /// As the first person wrote, she exemplifies the modern woman--but why? She gave her life to Spencer Tracey who couldn't get a divorce then lived as a hermit after he died. So why is an inability to connect for the long term, and self-absorption, viewed as modern or desirable? It sure is American but it's lonely, if you ask me.