"""""Mulgrew refers to her performance as a "realization," not an impersonation. "My horror with a piece like this would be to ever fall into an impersonation. I leave that to the great drag queens of our culture," she says with a hearty laugh, "They do her very well." When asked about Hepburn's enduring appeal to gay men and lesbians, Mulgrew pauses for a moment and concludes, "I think that gay men and gay women like their actors to be unique, first, and secondly, strong. Hepburn fought for herself and her own opinions and her own absolute manner and style. And she won! For a gay person in this culture, even though it's 2005, it is still a fight. And I think she thought herself oppressed. And every day she ripped down another door."
Several recent biographies have questioned Hepburn's sexuality. "Laura Harding was her friend, the woman who traveled with her everywhere," Mulgrew explains, referring to the American Express heiress with whom Hepburn maintained a close friendship for many years. "That's what the rumors were about her in Hollywood ... I don't know if she slept with Laura, but she liked her presence. It quickened her pulse and gratified her. I think she had a really hot thing for Spencer Tracy, and I think that she could find women attractive, yes." """