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Katharine Hepburn

Katharine Hepburn

  • Born on
    • May 12th, 1907
  • Died on
    • June 29th, 2003
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.

Filmography

Acting (49 Credits)

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1994One Christmas as Cornelia Beaumont
1994Love Affair as Ginny
1994That's Entertainment! III as (archive footage)
1988The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind as (archive footage)
1984Grace Quigley as Grace Quigley
1981On Golden Pond as Ethel Thayer
1979The Corn Is Green as Miss Lilly Moffat
1976That's Entertainment, Part II as (archive footage)
1975Love Among the Ruins as Jessica Medlicott
1975Rooster Cogburn as Eula Goodnight
1973A Delicate Balance as Agnes
1973The Glass Menagerie as Amanda Wingfield
1973That's Entertainment! as (archive footage) (uncredited)
1971The Trojan Women as Hecuba
1969The Madwoman of Chaillot as Contessa Aurelia
1968The Lion in Winter as Eleanor of Aquitaine
1967Guess Who's Coming to Dinner as Christina Drayton
1962Long Day's Journey Into Night as Mary Tyrone
1959Suddenly, Last Summer as Violet Venable
1957Desk Set as Bunny Watson
1956The Iron Petticoat as Captain Vinka Kovelenko
1956The Rainmaker as Lizzie Curry
1955Summertime as Jane Hudson
1952Pat and Mike as Patricia "Pat" Pemberton
1951The African Queen as Rose Sayer
1949Adam's Rib as Amanda Bonner
1948State of the Union as Mary Matthews
1947Song of Love as Clara Wieck Schumann
1947The Sea of Grass as Lutie Brewton
1946Undercurrent as Ann Hamilton
1945Without Love as Jamie Rowan
1944Dragon Seed as Jade Tan
1942Keeper of the Flame as Christine Forrest
1942Woman of the Year as Tess Harding
1940The Philadelphia Story as Tracy Lord
1938Bringing Up Baby as Susan Vance
1938Holiday as Linda Seton
1937Stage Door as Terry Randall
1937Quality Street as Phoebe Throssel
1936Mary of Scotland as Mary Stuart
1936A Woman Rebels as Pamela 'Pam' Thistlewaite
1935Sylvia Scarlett as Sylvia/Sylvester Scarlett
1935Alice Adams as Alice Adams
1934Spitfire as Trigger Hicks
1934The Little Minister as Barbara 'Babbie'
1933Morning Glory as Eva Lovelace
1933Christopher Strong as Lady Cynthia Darrington
1933Little Women as Jo
1932A Bill of Divorcement as Sydney Fairfield

Herself (4 Credits)

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2010Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff as Herself (archive footage)
1993Katharine Hepburn: All About Me as Herself
1971Directed by John Ford as Herself (archive footage)
1943Stage Door Canteen as Herself

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