Despite famously telling reporters she wasn't interested in accolades, Hepburn made it clear to her young co-star that she did.
Fonda, a double Oscar winner, tells GoldDerby.com, "She came from an era of great competition... and I don't, so it took me a while to kind of figure out her modus operandi (method of operation), but even at the very end, some of the last words we exchanged she took me by surprise and it happened the night of the Oscars.
"I was nominated for Best Supporting Actress, my father was nominated as Best Actor and Katharine was nominated as Best Actress. The film of course won and the writer won and my father won and Katharine won and I called her up to congratulate her and the first words out of her mouth were, 'You'll never catch me now'.
"I stopped for a second, I thought, 'What is she talking about? Oh my Lord, that's right, if I had won... we'd be tied... That was Katharine."