Tomlin Stunned Hepburn During Backstage Meeting
Veteran actress Lily Tomlin once risked the wrath of Katharine Hepburn when she invaded the Hollywood icon's personal space to plant several kisses on her face.
The Desperate Housewives star was appearing in a Broadway production of one-woman play The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe in 1985 when she discovered top movie stars Barbra Streisand, Meryl Streep and Hepburn were sitting in the audience.
And Tomlin was so excited when Hepburn came backstage to meet her, she admits she may have overstepped the boundaries with the notoriously frosty star.
She explains, "One night I was on Broadway and Meryl Streep, Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand came. I didn't know. I heard someone coming up to the dressing room and I saw Katharine Hepburn's face coming towards me. And I grabbed hold of her face and started kissing her.
"If you know Katharine Hepburn, she would not like that. And she didn't do anything! I was kissing her and she was so gracious, she didn't really say anything unpleasant."