Katharine Hepburn

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Katharine Hepburn

Studio publicity photo, 1940
Born Katharine Houghton Hepburn
May 12, 1907(1907-05-12)
Hartford, Connecticut, US
Died June 29, 2003(2003-06-29) (aged 96)
Old Saybrook, Connecticut, US
Years active 1928-1995
Spouse Ludlow Ogden Smith
(m. 1928–1941, divorced)
Partner Spencer Tracy
(1943-1967, his death)
Awards NYFCC Award for Best Actress
1940 The Philadelphia Story
Cannes Film Festival - Best Actress Award
1962 Long Day's Journey Into Night

Katharine Hepburn (May 12, 1907 - June 29, 2003) was an American actress. Her career lasted 66 years. She is thought of as one of the top screen actresses in movie history. She was nominated for 12 Academy Awards, winning four.

Hepburn was born in Hartford, Connecticut and went to Bryn Mawr College. She got her degree in 1928 and started on Broadway that same year.

In 1932 she got a role in the George Cukor movie A Bill of Divorcement, with John Barrymore. She was very successful in the early 1930s, but then she became unpopular. She became popular again with the movie The Philadelphia Story. In 1942 she starred in Woman of the Year with Spencer Tracy. They made eight more movies together, including Adam's Rib and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. They also had an off-screen romance that lasted until Tracy's death in 1967, but they never married because Tracy did not want to divorce his wife. Before this, Hepburn was married to Ludlow Ogden Smith from 1928-1934, and also had relationships with Leland Hayward and Howard Hughes.

Her autobiography, Me: Stories of My Life, came out in 1991. She died on June 29, 2003 at 2:50 p.m., at Fenwick, the Hepburn family home, in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. She was 96.

Stage work[change | change source]

  • These Days - 1928
  • Art and Mrs. Bottle - 1930
  • The Warrior's Husband - 1932
  • The Lake - 1933
  • The Philadelphia Story - 1939
  • Without Love - 1942
  • As You Like It - 1950
  • The Millionairess - 1952
  • The Merchant of Venice; Measure for Measure; The Taming of the Shrew - 1955, On tour in Australia with the Old Vic
  • The Merchant of Venice; Much Ado About Nothing - 1957, Stratford, Connecticut Shakespeare Theatre
  • Antony and Cleopatra, Twelfth Night - 1960, Stratford, Connecticut Shakespeare Theatre
  • Coco - 1969
  • A Matter of Gravity - 1976
  • The West Side Waltz - 1981

Filmography[change | change source]

1930s[change | change source]

  • A Bill of Divorcement (1932)
  • Christopher Strong (1933)
  • Morning Glory (1933) -- Academy Award for Best Actress
  • Little Women (1933)
  • Spitfire (1934)
  • The Little Minister (1934)
  • Break of Hearts (1935)
  • Alice Adams (1935)
  • Sylvia Scarlett (1936)
  • Mary of Scotland (1936)
  • A Woman Rebels (1936)
  • Quality Street (1937)
  • Stage Door (1937)
  • Bringing Up Baby (1938)
  • Holiday (1938)

1940s[change | change source]

  • The Philadelphia Story (1940)
  • Woman of the Year (1942)
  • Keeper of the Flame (1942)
  • Stage Door Canteen (1943)
  • Dragon Seed (1944)
  • Without Love (1945)
  • Undercurrent (1946)
  • The Sea of Grass (1947)
  • Song of Love (1947)
  • State of the Union (1948)
  • Adam's Rib (1949)

1950s[change | change source]

  • The African Queen (1951)
  • Pat and Mike (1952)
  • Summertime (1955)
  • The Rainmaker (1956)
  • The Iron Petticoat (1956)
  • Desk Set (1957)
  • Suddenly Last Summer (1959)

1960s[change | change source]

  • A Long Day's Journey into Night (1962)
  • Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) -- Academy Award for Best Actress
  • The Lion in Winter (1968) -- Academy Award for Best Actress
  • The Madwoman of Chaillot (1969)

1970s[change | change source]

  • The Trojan Women (1971)
  • A Delicate Balance (1974)
  • Rooster Cogburn (1975)
  • Olly Olly Oxen Free (1978)

1980s[change | change source]

1990s[change | change source]

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