Katharine Hepburn, who died on June 29 at age 96, left the bulk of her estate to members of her family — including surviving brother Robert and sister Margaret. But she donated her four Oscars, movie memorabilia and cash to charity, according to court records obtained by the Smoking Gun Web site.
The estate, which includes a family compound in Old Saybrook, Conn., and a townhouse in Manhattan, has been estimated to be worth between $10 million and $20 million.
She also bequeathed $10,000, pieces of furniture and paintings to her friend and estate executor, ABC News correspondent Cynthia McFadden, the Smoking Gun reveals.
The furniture includes an early 18th century oak dresser, eight armchairs, two low chests, an oak gate-leg dining room table and some paintings, including one of a lighthouse by Hepburn herself.
Others who were remembered were her devote housekeeper, Norah Moore, who was left $200,000.
The will was written in 1992 and amended in 1994.
Hepburn’s townhouse included pieces that had been in the family for years, including a tall wooden chest that had been in the office of her father, who was a doctor. The star kept her movie still in the drawers, all alphabetized by title. “The African Queen” was in the top drawer. (Hepburn also saved the straw hat she wore in 1955’s “Summertime,” which she shot for director David Lean in Venice.)
As for those photos and other movie-related items, the star decreed: “I give and bequeath all costumes and scripts which were used by me in motion pictures or other productions in which I appeared, all photographs, letters and awards which relate to my career, my clippings, files and my scrapbooks” to a charity to be decided upon by McFadden and Hepburn’s longtime accountant, Erik Hanson.