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