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Hepburn Recovers From Infection

July 20, 2001

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Four-time Academy Award winner Katharine Hepburn was responding well to antibiotics for a urinary tract infection on Friday and expected to be released from hospital this weekend.

Hepburn, 94, is to return to her mansion in Old Saybrook on Saturday or Sunday, said James Battaglio, spokesman for Hartford Hospital where she was admitted Wednesday.

``The news is good,″ Battaglio said Friday. ``She’s doing much better today.″

Hepburn’s past health problems include arthritis, pneumonia and Parkinson’s-like tremors.

Hepburn underwent two days of testing and is showing overall signs of improvement in her appearance and spirit, Battaglio said.

She has been inundated with get-well e-mails, flowers and greeting cards from fans as far away as South Africa and as young as 11.

In an interview in October 1990, she told The Associated Press: ``I’m what is known as gradually disintegrating. I don’t fear the next world, or anything. I don’t fear hell, and I don’t look forward to heaven.″

Hepburn is a Hartford native. Her father was chief of staff at Hartford Hospital.

During her 60-year career, Hepburn was nominated for a record-tying 12 Academy Awards and won for ``Morning Glory,″ 1933; ``Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,″ 1967; ``A Lion in Winter,″ 1968; and ``On Golden Pond,″ 1981.

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