Katharine Hepburn Kennedy Center Honors
Red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple silk ribbons with three brass bars reading "Kennedy Center Honor," "Katharine Hepburn," and "December 2, 1990." Displayed on a black velvet background in a black wood case with a clear acrylic lid reading, "For an Extraordinary Lifetime / of Contributions to American Culture / Through the Performing Arts / John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts."
Hepburn had turned down the honor for several years prior due to her dislike of awards (she did not collect any of her four Oscars® in person), but finally agreed to receive it in 1990, alongside Rise Stevens, Dizzie Gillespie, Billy Wilder, and Jules Styne. It was presented to her by fellow actresses Angela Lansbury, Glenn Close and Lauren Bacall, who read a selection of Hepburn's early reviews as well as commendations from George Cukor and Tennessee Williams, among others. They also read a famous statement of Hepburn's on her profession: "Acting is the most minor of gifts. After all, Shirley Temple could do it when she was four."
14 1/2 x 9 1/2 x 2 1/2 in.