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Katharine Hepburn

Katharine Houghton Hepburn (May 12, 1907 – June 29, 2003) was an American actress of film, stage, and television. Raised in Connecticut by wealthy parents, Hepburn turned to acting after graduation. Favorable reviews of her work on stage in 1932 brought her to the notice of Hollywood. After a few early film successes, including her first Academy Award, for Morning Glory, Hepburn endured a string of flops, which led to her being voted "box office poison". She arranged with playwright Philip Barry to write a play with her in mind, one that smoothed over her prickly public image. This play, The Philadelphia Story, turned out to be a huge success on Broadway. Securing the film rights for herself with the help of Howard Hughes, Hepburn sold them to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer on the condition that she reprise her leading role as Tracy Lord. The hit film adaptation revived her flagging career. Throughout her six-decade career, Hepburn co-starred with screen legends including Cary Grant (Bringing Up Baby, Holiday, The Philadelphia Story), Humphrey Bogart (The African Queen), John Wayne (Rooster Cogburn), Laurence Olivier (Love Among the Ruins) and Henry Fonda (On Golden Pond). Her most successful pairing was with Spencer Tracy, with whom she made a string of hit pictures, starting with 1942's Woman of the Year. The last of their nine films together was Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967), which was completed shortly before Tracy's death. Hepburn holds the record for the most Best Actress Oscar wins with four out of 12 nominations. She won an Emmy Award in 1976 for her lead role in Love Among the Ruins, and was nominated for four other Emmys, two Tony Awards and eight Golden Globes. In 1999, she was ranked by the American Film Institute as the greatest female star in the history of American cinema. Description above from the Wikipedia article Katharine Hepburn, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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May 12, 1907 In Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Holidays
Latest Project:
Movie Early Directors on Directing 2022
Known For
Poster of Katharine Hepburn: On Her Own Terms
Poster of The Philadelphia Story
Poster of Holiday
Poster of Bringing Up Baby
Movie Holidays Linda Seton 2022
Movie Early Directors on Directing Herself 2022
Movie Katharine Hepburn: The Great Kate Herself - Interviewee (archive footage) 2014-03-02
Movie Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff Herself (archive footage) 2010-05-05
Movie Embracing Chaos: Making the African Queen Herself / Rose Sayer (archive footage) 2010-01-01
Movie Broadway's Lost Treasures II Coco Chanel (segment "Coco") 2004-10-26
Movie Complicated Women Herself (archive footage) 2003-05-06
Movie Bogart: The Untold Story Unknown 1997-01-05
Movie The Good, The Bad, and the Beautiful Herself (archive footage) (uncredited) 1996-03-17
Movie Katharine Hepburn: On Her Own Terms Herself 1996-10-04
Series Intimate Portrait Unknown 1994-01-03
Movie This Can't Be Love Marion Bennett 1994-03-13
Movie One Christmas Cornelia Beaumont 1994-12-19
Movie That's Entertainment! III (archive footage) 1994-07-01
Movie Love Affair Ginny 1994-10-21
Movie Tennessee Williams: Orpheus of the American Stage Mrs. Venable (archive footage) 1994-12-19
Movie Katharine Hepburn: All About Me Herself 1993-01-18
Movie The Man Upstairs Victoria Brown 1992-12-06
Movie Laura Lansing Slept Here Laura Lansing 1988-03-06
Movie Bacall on Bogart Herself 1988-03-13
Movie Michael Jackson: The Legend Continues Herself 1988-01-02
Movie Calling the Shots Self 1988-09-08
Movie The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind (archive footage) 1988-10-01
Movie James Stewart's Wonderful Life Herself 1988-11-22
Series The RKO Story: Tales From Hollywood Herself 1987-07-03
Movie Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood Herself 1987-05-18
Movie The Spencer Tracy Legacy: A Tribute by Katharine Hepburn Host 1986-03-09
Movie Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry Margaret Delafield 1986-03-30
Movie Grace Quigley Grace Quigley 1985-05-17
Movie George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey Self 1985-03-03
Movie On Golden Pond Ethel Thayer 1981-12-01
Movie The Corn Is Green Miss Lilly Moffat 1979-01-29
Movie Olly, Olly, Oxen Free Miss Pudd 1978-08-11
Series The Kennedy Center Honors Unknown 1978-12-28
Movie That's Entertainment, Part II (archive footage) 1976-05-16
Movie Love Among the Ruins Jessica Medlicott 1975-03-06
Movie Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (archive footage) 1975-08-06
Movie Rooster Cogburn Eula Goodnight 1975-10-17
Movie That's Entertainment! (archive footage) (uncredited) 1974-06-21
Movie The Glass Menagerie Amanda Wingfield 1973-12-16
Movie A Delicate Balance Agnes 1973-11-12
Movie Directed by John Ford Herself (archive footage) 1971-10-06
Series Great Performances self 1971-01-28
Movie The Trojan Women Hecuba 1971-05-01
Movie The Madwoman of Chaillot Contessa Aurelia 1969-10-12
Series The Dick Cavett Show Self - Guest 1968-06-06
Movie Black History: Lost Stolen, or Strayed 1968-08-31
Movie The Lion in Winter Eleanor of Aquitaine 1968-10-30
Movie Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Christina Drayton 1967-12-11
Series aspekte Self 1965-10-17
Movie The Big Parade of Comedy Tracy Lord (archive footage) 1964-09-02
Movie Long Day's Journey Into Night Mary Tyrone 1962-10-09
Movie Suddenly, Last Summer Violet Venable 1959-12-22
Movie Desk Set Bunny Watson 1957-08-02
Movie The Rainmaker Lizzie Curry 1956-12-13
Series Tony Awards Nominee / Performer 1956-04-01
Movie The Iron Petticoat Captain Vinka Kovelenko 1956-09-01
Movie Summertime Jane Hudson 1955-01-01
Series The Oscars Unknown 1953-03-18
Movie Pat and Mike Patricia "Pat" Pemberton 1952-06-13
Movie The African Queen Rose Sayer 1952-01-07
Movie The Costume Designer Unknown 1950-07-13
Movie Adam's Rib Amanda Bonner 1949-11-18
Movie State of the Union Mary Matthews 1948-04-30
Movie The Sea of Grass Lutie Brewton 1947-04-25
Movie Song of Love Clara Wieck Schumann 1947-10-09
Movie Undercurrent Ann Hamilton 1946-11-11
Movie Without Love Jamie Rowan 1945-03-22
Movie Dragon Seed Jade Tan 1944-07-20
Movie Twenty Years After Unknown 1944-01-01
Movie Stage Door Canteen Herself 1943-06-24
Movie Keeper of the Flame Christine Forrest 1943-04-01
Movie Woman of the Year Tess Harding 1942-02-05
Movie Women in Defense Narrator (voice) 1941-12-24
Movie A New Romance of Celluloid: The Miracle of Sound Unknown 1940-01-01
Movie The Philadelphia Story Tracy Lord 1940-12-05
Movie Cavalcade of the Academy Awards (archive footage) 1940-07-31
Movie Bringing Up Baby Susan Vance 1938-02-18
Movie Holiday Linda Seton 1938-05-26
Movie Quality Street Phoebe Throssel 1937-03-26
Movie Stage Door Terry Randall 1937-10-07
Movie Mary of Scotland Mary Stuart 1936-07-28
Movie A Woman Rebels Pamela 'Pam' Thistlewaite 1936-11-06
Movie Break of Hearts Constance Dane Roberti 1935-05-31
Movie Alice Adams Alice Adams 1935-08-23
Movie Sylvia Scarlett Sylvia/Sylvester Scarlett 1935-12-25
Movie Spitfire Trigger Hicks 1934-03-08
Movie Katharine Hepburn as Joan of Arc in Technicolor Screen Test Joan of Arc 1934-08-16
Movie The Little Minister Barbara 'Babbie' 1934-12-28
Movie Christopher Strong Lady Cynthia Darrington 1933-03-09
Movie Morning Glory Eva Lovelace 1933-08-18
Movie Little Women Jo 1933-11-24
Movie A Bill of Divorcement Sydney Fairfield 1932-09-30