The one thing author-historian William J. Mann learned from his exhaustive research digging up the skeletons in Katharine Hepburn’s illustrious closet is that it doesn’t make sense trying to pigeonhole the late, great film icon with modern labels of sexual and gender identity.
In fact, Hepburn’s male alter ego "Jimmy" probably would’ve scoffed at the idea.
"She saw the world as a man did in many ways," says Mann, phoning from the lecture halls of Yale in New Haven, Conn. "She felt more comfortable thinking of herself as ’Jimmy,’ who was her childhood alter ego. And she often used the male pronoun when she described herself."
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