March 5, 1996 in Nation/World

Hepburn Back Home After Hospitalization

Compiled From Wire Services

Katharine Hepburn was critically ill with pneumonia and at one point was expected to die, but she has left a hospital and returned to her Connecticut home, the New York Daily News reported Monday.

The 88-year-old actress’s business agent, Eric Hanson, did not return telephone calls for confirmation.

The newspaper quoted unidentified hospital officials as saying Hepburn, who divides her time between New York and Connecticut, had been admitted to Lenox Hill Hospital last week under an assumed name. They told the paper she was very ill and that her doctors at one point had not expected her to live.

It was not clear when Hepburn was released. Family members told the Daily News that Hepburn was resting comfortably at home in Old Saybrook, Conn., on Sunday.

As for whether she is out of danger, a sister-in-law, identified by the paper as Mrs. Robert Hepburn, said, “No, I can’t say that. She’s working through it.”

No one answered the phone at the home Monday.

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