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Katharine Hepburn

Hepburn won an Oscar for her role in The Lion in Winter
Hepburn won an Oscar for her role in The Lion in Winter

Katharine Houghton Hepburn (May 12, 1907 - June 29, 2003) was a notable American film and stage actress. She was nominated for twelve Academy Awards (more than any other actor except Meryl Streep), and was awarded four of them (twice as many as Streep, as of 2004).

Hepburn was born in Hartford, Connecticut and was educated at Bryn Mawr College; she received her degree in 1928 and debuted on Broadway that same year in Night Hostess.

In 1932 her screen-test for RKO gained her a role in the George Cukor film A Bill of Divorcement (1932), opposite John Barrymore. In Woman of the Year (1942), she made her first of nine appearances opposite Spencer Tracy, launching one of Hollywood's most famous romances, which chemistry continued on-screen as well through Adam's Rib and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. Though they were together until Tracy's death in 1967, the couple never married - reportedly because Tracy, a devout Catholic, would not divorce his wife. Hepburn had previously married and divorced Ludlow Ogden Smith and had long-term relationships with Leland Hayward and Howard Hughes.

Her autobiography, , was published 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.

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Further reading

  • Me, Stories of My Life , Katharine Hepburn, Knopf, 1991
  • The Making of the African Queen Katharine Hepburn, Knopf, 1987
  • IMDb filmography

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