OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. — Actress Glenn Close says she is humbled to receive an award named after Katharine Hepburn, given what an inspiration Hepburn was to her career.

Glenn Close

Glenn Close

The Day of New London reported that Close received the Spirit of Katharine Hepburn Award on Saturday in Connecticut.

The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center presents the honor to someone who embodies her “spirit, independence and character.”

Close has earned six Oscar nominations. She says she was inspired to become an actress in college when she saw an interview with Hepburn.

Hepburn died in 2003 at 96.