Starring alongside Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift, Katherine Hepburn played the detestable Violet Venable in Suddenly, Last Summer (1959). By then in her 50s, she had a number of box office hits under her belt. But in many ways Hepburn was an unlikely Hollywood star; fiercely independent, opinionated and tomboyish, she was turned down for the lead role in Gone With the Wind for being “difficult and lofty”. Despite this, she went on to transcend that of an adored actress and became an important cultural figure in her own right; refusing to conform to society’s expectations of women and a feminist long before it became fashionable.

With each generation the picture is obliged to be more stimulating.

Burt Glinn
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Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Burt Glinn served in the United States Army between 1943 and 1946, before studying literature at Harvard University, where he edited and photographed for the Harvard Crimson college newspaper. From 1949 to 1950, Glinn worked for LIFE magazine before becoming a freelancer. He became an associate member of Magnum in 1951, along with Eve Arnold and Dennis Stock – the first Americans to join the young photo agency – and a full member in 1954.

Glinn made his mark with spectacular color series on the South Seas, Japan, Russia, Mexico and California. His reportages have appeared in Esquire, Geo, Travel and Leisure, Fortune, Life and Paris-Match. He has covered such monumental news events as the Sinai War, the US Marine invasion of Lebanon, and Fidel Castro’s takeover of Cuba.

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