Biography

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.

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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.

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Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 81

Birthday 1907-05-12

Day of Death 2003-06-29

Place of Birth Hartford, Connecticut, USA

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Also Known As

  • Кэтрин Хепберн
  • Katherine Hepburn
  • 캐서린 헵번
  • Kate Hepburn

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2014 Katharine Hepburn: The Great Kate as Herself - Interviewee (archive footage)
2010 Embracing Chaos: Making the African Queen as Herself / Rose Sayer (archive footage)
2004 Broadway's Lost Treasures II as Katharine Hepburn
2003 Complicated Women as Herself (archive footage)
1997 Bogart: The Untold Story
1996 Katharine Hepburn: On Her Own Terms as Herself
1996 The Good, The Bad, and the Beautiful as Herself (Archive Footage, Uncredited)
1994 Tennessee Williams: Orpheus of the American Stage as Mrs. Venable (archive footage)
1994 One Christmas as Cornelia Beaumont
1994 Love Affair as Ginny
1994 That's Entertainment! III
1994 This Can't Be Love as Marion Bennett
1994 Intimate Portrait(1 episode)
1993 Katharine Hepburn: All About Me as Herself
1992 The Man Upstairs as Victoria Brown
1988 The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind as (archive footage)
1988 Bacall on Bogart as Herself
1988 Laura Lansing Slept Here as Laura Lansing
1988 Michael Jackson: The Legend Continues as Herself
1987 Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood as Herself
1986 Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry as Margaret Delafield
1986 The Spencer Tracy Legacy: A Tribute by Katharine Hepburn as Host
1985 Grace Quigley as Grace Quigley
1981 On Golden Pond as Ethel Thayer
1979 The Corn Is Green as Miss Lilly Moffat
1978 The Kennedy Center Honors(1 episode)
1978 Olly, Olly, Oxen Free as Miss Pudd
1976 That's Entertainment, Part II
1975 Rooster Cogburn as Eula Goodnight
1975 Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? as (archive footage)
1975 Love Among the Ruins as Jessica Medlicott
1974 That's Entertainment! as Herself - at Banquet (archive footage) (uncredited)
1973 The Glass Menagerie as Amanda Wingfield
1973 A Delicate Balance as Agnes
1971 Directed by John Ford as Herself (archive footage)
1971 The Trojan Women as Hecuba
1969 The Madwoman of Chaillot as Contessa Aurelia
1968 Black History: Lost Stolen, or Strayed
1968 The Lion in Winter as Eleanor of Aquitaine
1967 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner as Christina Drayton
1964 The Big Parade of Comedy as Tracy Lord (archive footage)
1962 Long Day's Journey Into Night as Mary Tyrone
1959 Suddenly, Last Summer as Mrs. Violet Venable
1957 Desk Set as Bunny Watson
1957 The Iron Petticoat as Captain Vinka Kovelenko
1956 The Rainmaker as Lizzie Curry
1955 Summertime as Jane Hudson
1953 The Academy Awards(7 episodes)
1952 Pat and Mike as Patricia 'Pat' Pemberton
1951 The African Queen as Rose Sayer
1950 The Costume Designer
1949 Adam's Rib as Amanda Bonner
1948 State of the Union as Mary Matthews
1947 Song of Love as Clara Wieck Schumann
1947 The Sea of Grass as Lutie Brewton
1946 Undercurrent as Ann Hamilton
1945 Without Love as Jamie Rowan
1944 Dragon Seed as Jade Tan
1944 Twenty Years After
1943 Stage Door Canteen as Herself
1943 Keeper of the Flame as Christine Forrest
1942 Woman of the Year as Tess Harding
1941 Women in Defense as Narrator (voice)
1940 The Philadelphia Story as Tracy Lord
1940 Cavalcade of the Academy Awards as (archive footage)
1940 The Miracle of Sound
1938 Holiday as Linda Seton
1938 Bringing Up Baby as Susan Vance
1937 Stage Door as Terry Randall
1937 Quality Street as Phoebe Throssel
1936 A Woman Rebels as Pamela 'Pam' Thistlewaite
1936 Mary of Scotland as Mary Stuart
1935 Sylvia Scarlett as Sylvia/Sylvester Scarlett
1935 Alice Adams as Alice Adams
1935 Break of Hearts as Constance Dane Roberti
1934 The Little Minister as Barbara 'Babbie'
1934 Spitfire as Trigger Hicks
1933 Little Women as Jo
1933 Morning Glory as Eva Lovelace
1933 Christopher Strong as Lady Cynthia Darrington
1932 A Bill of Divorcement as Sydney Fairfield

Crew

1993 Katharine Hepburn: All About MeCinematography

Writing

1993 Katharine Hepburn: All About MeWriter

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