Katharine Hepburn’s career as as leading lady spanned more than 60 years. Her work came in a range of genres, from crazy comedies to literary drama, and she received four Academy Awards for Best Actress, a record for any performer. Hepburn shunned Hollywood publicity, and refused to conform to society’s expectations of women. She was outspoken, assertive, athletic, and wore trousers before it was fashionable for women to do so. She openly promoted birth control and supported abortion and was vocal about not believing in religion or the afterlife. For this she was awarded the Humanist Arts Award in 1985. She was included in the book Women Who Changed The World, which honors 50 women who helped shape world history and culture. She is also named in Encyclopedia Britannica list of “300 Women Who Changed the World”, Ladies Home Journal’s book 100 Most Important Women of the 20th century, Variety magazine’s “100 Icons of the Century”,and she is number 84 on VH1’s list of the “200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons of All Time”. In 1999, the American Film Institute named Hepburn the “greatest America screen legend” among females.