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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 series Love Among the Ruins
Latest Project:
Movie Early Directors on Directing 2024
Known For
Movie Early Directors on Directing Unknown 2024
Series ABC Theatre Unknown 2024
Series Love Among the Ruins Jessica Medlicott 2024
Movie Hannibal Hopkins & Sir Anthony Self (archive footage) 2022-11-27
Movie Yellowface: Asian Whitewashing and Racism in Hollywood (archive) 2019-10-13
Movie In Search of Tracy Lord Self (archive footage) 2017-11-07
Movie Becoming Cary Grant Self (archive footage) 2017-05-23
Movie Katharine Hepburn: The Great Kate Self - Interviewee (archive footage) 2014-03-02
Movie Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff Self (archive footage) 2010-05-05
Movie Embracing Chaos: Making The African Queen Self / Rose Sayer (archive footage) 2010-01-01
Movie Smash His Camera Self (archive footage) 2010-07-30
Movie Cary Grant: A Class Apart Self (archive footage) 2004-06-01
Movie Broadway's Lost Treasures II Coco Chanel (segment "Coco") 2004-10-26
Movie Complicated Women Self (archive footage) 2003-05-06
Movie Bogart: The Untold Story Self (archive footage) 1997-01-05
Movie Katharine Hepburn: On Her Own Terms Self 1996-10-04
Movie The Good, The Bad, and the Beautiful Self (archive footage) 1996-03-17
Movie The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story Self (voice) (uncredited) 1996-09-27
Movie Legends in Light: The Photography of George Hurrell Unknown 1995-01-16
Series Intimate Portrait Self 1994-01-03
Movie This Can't Be Love Marion Bennett 1994-03-13
Movie That's Entertainment! III (archive footage) 1994-07-01
Movie Tennessee Williams: Orpheus of the American Stage Mrs. Venable (archive footage) 1994-12-19
Movie Love Affair Ginny 1994-10-21
Movie One Christmas Cornelia Beaumont 1994-12-19
Movie Katharine Hepburn: All About Me Self 1993-01-18
Movie The Man Upstairs Victoria Brown 1992-12-06
Movie Fonda on Fonda Self (voice) 1992-01-13
Movie Night of 100 Stars III Self 1990-05-21
Movie Broadway's Dreamers: The Legacy of the Group Theatre Self 1989-06-26
Movie James Stewart: A Wonderful Life Self 1988-11-22
Movie Michael Jackson: The Legend Continues Herself 1988-01-02
Movie Laura Lansing Slept Here Laura Lansing 1988-03-06
Movie Calling the Shots Self 1988-09-08
Movie Bacall on Bogart Self 1988-03-13
Movie The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind (archive footage) 1988-10-01
Movie Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood Herself 1987-05-18
Series The RKO Story: Tales From Hollywood Herself 1987-07-03
Movie The Spencer Tracy Legacy: A Tribute by Katharine Hepburn Self – Host 1986-03-09
Movie Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry Margaret Delafield 1986-03-30
Movie George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey Self 1985-03-03
Movie Grace Quigley Grace Quigley 1985-05-17
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 Self 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? Self (archive footage) 1975-08-06
Movie Rooster Cogburn Eula 1975-11-01
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 Self 1971-09-06
Series Great Performances Self 1971-01-28
Movie The Madwoman of Chaillot Contessa Aurelia 1969-10-12
Series The Dick Cavett Show Self - Guest 1968-06-06
Movie The Lion in Winter Eleanor of Aquitaine 1968-10-30
Movie Black History: Lost Stolen, or Strayed Unknown 1968-08-31
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 Hollywood: The Selznick Years Self (voice) (uncredited) 1961-12-31
Movie Suddenly, Last Summer Violet Venable 1959-12-22
Movie Desk Set Bunny Watson 1957-08-02
Series Tony Awards Self - Nominee / Performer 1956-04-01
Movie The Iron Petticoat Captain Vinka Kovalenko 1956-09-01
Movie The Rainmaker Lizzie Curry 1956-12-13
Movie Summertime Jane Hudson 1955-01-01
Series The Oscars Self 1953-03-18
Movie The African Queen Rose Sayer 1952-01-07
Movie Pat and Mike Patricia "Pat" Pemberton 1952-06-13
Movie The Costume Designer Self (archive footage) 1950-07-13
Movie Adam's Rib Amanda Bonner 1949-11-18
Movie State of the Union Mary Matthews 1948-04-30
Movie Song of Love Clara Wieck Schumann 1947-10-09
Movie The Sea of Grass Lutie Cameron Brewton 1947-04-25
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 1944-01-01
Movie Stage Door Canteen Katharine Hepburn 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 The Philadelphia Story Tracy Lord 1940-12-05
Movie A New Romance of Celluloid: The Miracle of Sound Self 1940-10-24
Movie Cavalcade of the Academy Awards Self (archive footage) 1940-07-31
Movie Holiday Linda Seton 1938-05-26
Movie Bringing Up Baby Susan Vance 1938-02-18
Movie Vacances Linda Seton 1938-01-01
Movie Quality Street Phoebe Throssel 1937-03-26
Movie Stage Door Terry Randall 1937-10-07
Movie A Woman Rebels Pamela 'Pam' Thistlewaite 1936-11-06
Movie Mary of Scotland Mary Stuart 1936-07-28
Movie Sylvia Scarlett Sylvia/Sylvester Scarlett 1935-12-25
Movie Break of Hearts Constance Dane Roberti 1935-05-31
Movie Alice Adams Alice Adams 1935-08-23
Movie The Little Minister Barbara 'Babbie' 1934-12-28
Movie Spitfire Trigger Hicks 1934-03-08
Movie Little Women Jo 1933-11-24
Movie Morning Glory Eva Lovelace 1933-08-18
Movie Christopher Strong Lady Cynthia Darrington 1933-03-09
Movie A Bill of Divorcement Sydney Fairfield 1932-09-28