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Katharine Hepburn

Katharine Hepburn was a notable American actress who was born in Hartford, Connecticut. Educated at Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania, Hepburn 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), playing opposite John Barrymore. Hepburn won her first Academy Award in 1933 and won three more Oscars and eight nominations over the rest of her career. As of January 2003 she was tied with Meryl Streep as the most Academy Award-nominated actress in history.

In Woman of the Year (1942), she made her first of nine appearances opposite Spencer Tracy, launching one of Hollywood's most famous romances. Though they were together until Tracy's death in 1967, the couple never married 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).

Katharine Hepburn died at her home in Old Saybrook, Connecticut.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Katharine Hepburn Facts

Birth NameKatharine Houghton Hepburn
BirthdayMay 12, 1907
BirthplaceHartford, Connecticut, USA
Date of deathJune 29, 2003 (Old Saybrook, Connecticut, USA, age 96)
Height5' 7½" (1m71)  How tall is Katharine Hepburn compared to you?
Awards1982 Academy Awards: Best Actress (for On Golden Pond)
1980 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Life Achievement Award
1969 Academy Awards: Best Actress (for The Lion in Winter)
1968 Academy Awards: Best Actress (for Guess Who's Coming to Dinner)
1933 Academy Awards: Best Actress (for Morning Glory)

Selected Filmography

Woman of the Year
The Philadelphia Story
Bringing Up Baby
Stage Door Canteen
Rooster Cogburn
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
The Lion in Winter
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