Katharine Hepburn

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Movie Actress
Date of Birth May 12, 1907
Place of Birth Hartford, Connecticut
Date of Death Jun 29, 2003 (96)
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Katharine Hepburn

Katharine Houghton Hepburn was an American actress who was a leading lady in Hollywood for more than 60 years. She appeared in a range of genres, from screwball comedy to literary drama, and she received a record four Academy Awards for Lead Acting Performances, plus eight further nominations. In 1999, Hepburn was named by the American Film Institute the greatest female star of Classic Hollywood Cinema. She was known for her fierce independence and spirited personality. Raised in Connecticut by wealthy, progressive parents, Hepburn began to act while studying at Bryn Mawr College. Favorable reviews of her work on Broadway brought her to the attention of Hollywood. Her early years in film were marked with success, including an Academy Award for Best Actress for her third picture, Morning Glory, but this was followed by a series of commercial failures culminating in the critically lauded but commercially unsuccessful comedy Bringing Up Baby, a pairing with Cary Grant.

Born: Katharine Houghton Hepburn, May 12, 1907, Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
Died: June 29, 2003, Fenwick, Connecticut, U.S.
Resting place: Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford
Alma mater: Bryn Mawr College
Occupation: Actress
Years active: 1928–1994
Partner(s): Spencer Tracy, (1941, d. 1967)
Parent(s): Thomas Norval Hepburn, Katharine Martha Houghton
Relatives: See Houghton family
Awards: Full list
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About Katharine Hepburn

Named the greatest actress in Hollywood history by the American Film Institute in 1999, she set a record by winning four Academy Awards for Best Actress for the films The African Queen (1951), Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967), The Lion in Winter (1968) and On Golden Pond (1981).

Before Fame

She began acting in school plays at Bryn Mawr College and made her big screen debut in the 1932 film A Bill of Divorcement.


She played leading roles in a number of Shakespeare plays in the 1950's and '60's, including The Merchant of Venice, The Taming of the Shrew, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night and Antony and Cleopatra.

Family Life

She married Ludlow Ogden Smith in 1928 and the couple divorced in 1934. She also had relationships with actor Spencer Tracy and entrepreneur and filmmaker Howard Hughes.


She co-starred with another Hollywood icon, Humphrey Bogart, in the 1951 adventure film The African Queen.

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