She was a woman who "lived life on her own terms," defying orthodoxy, stereotyping and blind conformity.
Her acting skills made her a Hollywood legend.
She became an inspiration to women throughout the world.
And she declared herself an Atheist, telling Ladies Home Journal (October 1991): "I'm an Atheist and that's it. I believe there's nothing we can know except that we should be kind to each other, and do what we can for other people..."
KATHERINE HEPBURN is now being honored for her contributions to our culture with a commemorative postage stamp to be issued on May 12, 2010 by the U.S. Postal Service.
Dr. Ed Buckner, President of American Atheists, said that Hepburn was "an American original" who dazzled the silver screen, found fame, but remained true to her ideals. He noted that the American Film Institute declared in 1999 that Hepburn was "the greatest female star in the history of American cinema." (Wikipedia)
"Her life and deeds anticipated much of the feminist movement that emerged during the 1970s," said Buckner. "She was an Atheist, a women's emancipationist, and an independent thinker who challenged
blind conformity yet maintained a beauty and poise that endeared her to millions of fans."
Indeed, Hepburn was a spunky and outspoken defender of the separation of church and state. She declared "Our Constitution was not intended to be used by ... any group to foist its personal religious beliefs on the rest of us." (Floyd College, Rome, Georgia, "Banned Books – Quotes")
Dave Silverman, Vice President and Communications Director for American Atheists, also praised Hepburn for her courage and role as a liberatory role model.
"Her deft outspokenness, benevolent personal style and up-front honesty are important values that need to be passed on to future generations. We praise the Postal Service for honoring this incredible woman."