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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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Born:
May 12, 1907 In Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
66
First Appeared:
In the movie A Bill of Divorcement 1932-09-30
Latest Project:
Movie Embracing Chaos: Making the African Queen 2010-01-01
Known For
Filmography
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 1997-01-05
Movie That's Entertainment! III (archive footage) 1994-07-01
Movie This Can't Be Love Marion Bennett 1994-03-13
Movie Love Affair Ginny 1994-10-21
Movie One Christmas Cornelia Beaumont 1994-12-19
Movie The Man Upstairs Victoria Brown 1992-12-06
Movie Laura Lansing Slept Here Laura Lansing 1988-03-06
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
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 George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey 1985-03-03
Movie Grace Quigley Grace Quigley 1985-05-17
Movie On Golden Pond Ethel Thayer 1981-12-01
Movie Olly, Olly, Oxen Free Miss Pudd 1978-08-11
Movie That's Entertainment, Part II (archive footage) 1976-05-17
Movie Love Among the Ruins Jessica Medlicott 1975-03-06
Movie Rooster Cogburn Eula Goodnight 1975-10-17
Movie Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (archive footage) 1975-08-06
Movie That's Entertainment! (archive footage) (uncredited) 1974-06-21
Movie A Delicate Balance Agnes 1973-11-12
Movie The Glass Menagerie Amanda Wingfield 1973-12-16
Movie The Trojan Women Hecuba 1971-05-01
Movie Directed by John Ford Herself (archive footage) 1971-10-06
Movie The Madwoman of Chaillot Contessa Aurelia 1969-10-12
Movie The Lion in Winter Eleanor of Aquitaine 1968-01-01
Movie Black History: Lost Stolen, or Strayed 1968-08-31
Movie Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Christina Drayton 1967-12-11
Movie The Big Parade of Comedy Tracy Lord (archive footage) 1964-09-02
Movie The Iron Petticoat Captain Vinka Kovelenko 1957-01-07
Movie Desk Set Bunny Watson 1957-08-02
Movie The Rainmaker Lizzie Curry 1956-12-13
Movie Summertime Jane Hudson 1955-01-01
Movie The African Queen Rose Sayer 1952-01-07
Movie Pat and Mike Pat Pemberton 1952-06-13
Movie The Costume Designer 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 Twenty Years After 1944-01-01
Movie Dragon Seed Jade Tan 1944-07-20
Movie Keeper of the Flame Christine Forrest 1943-04-01
Movie Stage Door Canteen Herself 1943-06-24
Movie Woman of the Year Tess Harding 1942-02-05
Movie The Miracle of Sound 1940-01-01
Movie Cavalcade of the Academy Awards (archive footage) 1940-07-31
Movie The Philadelphia Story Tracy Lord 1940-12-05
Movie Holiday Linda Seton 1938-06-15
Movie Quality Street Phoebe Throssel 1937-03-26
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 Sylvia Scarlett Sylvia/Sylvester Scarlett 1935-12-25
Movie Alice Adams Alice Adams 1935-08-23
Movie Spitfire Trigger Hicks 1934-03-08
Movie The Little Minister Barbara 'Babbie' 1934-12-28
Movie Christopher Strong Lady Cynthia Darrington 1933-03-09
Movie Little Women Jo 1933-11-24
Movie Morning Glory Eva Lovelace 1933-08-18
Movie A Bill of Divorcement Sydney Fairfield 1932-09-30
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