Katharine Hepburn

12 May 1907 - 29 Jun 2003

Actor

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.

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Filmography (44 titles)

(movie, 1994)
···Love Affair
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Ginny)
(movie, 1994)
···One Christmas
Genre: Drama, Family
Role: Actor (as Cornelia Beaumont)
(movie, 1994)
···This Can't Be Love
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Marion Bennett)
(movie, 1992)
···The Man Upstairs
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Victoria Brown)
(movie, 1988)
···Laura Lansing Slept Here
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Laura Lansing)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Margaret Delafield)
(movie, 1984)
···Grace Quigley
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Grace Quigley)
(movie, 1981)
···On Golden Pond
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Ethel Thayer)
(movie, 1979)
···The Corn Is Green
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Miss Lilly Moffat)
(movie, 1975)
···Rooster Cogburn
Genre: Western
Role: Actor (as Eula Goodnight)
(movie, 1975)
···Love Among the Ruins
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Jessica Medlicott)
(movie, 1973)
···A Delicate Balance
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Agnes)
(movie, 1973)
···The Glass Menagerie
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Amanda Wingfield)
(movie, 1971)
···The Trojan Women
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Hecuba)
(movie, 1969)
···The Madwoman of Chaillot
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Countess Aurelia)
(movie, 1968)
···The Lion in Winter
Genre: Drama, History
Role: Actor (as Eleanor of Aquitaine)
(movie, 1967)
···Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Christina Drayton)
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Mary Tyrone)
(movie, 1959)
···Suddenly, Last Summer
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Mrs. Violet Venable)
(movie, 1957)
···Desk Set
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Bunny Watson)
(movie, 1956)
···The Iron Petticoat
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Captain Vinka Kovelenko)
(movie, 1956)
···The Rainmaker
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Thriller, Western
Role: Actor (as Lizzie Curry)
(movie, 1955)
···Summertime
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Jane Hudson)
(movie, 1952)
···Pat and Mike
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Patricia 'Pat' Pemberton)
(movie, 1951)
···The African Queen
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Romance
Role: Actor (as Rose Sayer)
(movie, 1949)
···Adam's Rib
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Amanda Bonner)
(movie, 1947)
···Song of Love
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Role: Actor (as Clara Wieck Schumann)
(movie, 1947)
···The Sea of Grass
Genre: Drama, Western
Role: Actor (as Lutie Cameron Brewton)
(movie, 1946)
···Undercurrent
Genre: Film-Noir, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Ann Hamilton)
(movie, 1945)
···Without Love
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Jamie Rowan)
(movie, 1944)
···Dragon Seed
Genre: Drama, History, War
Role: Actor (as Jade Tan)
(movie, 1942)
···Woman of the Year
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Tess Harding)
(movie, 1942)
···Keeper of the Flame
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Mrs. Christine Forrest)
(movie, 1940)
···The Philadelphia Story
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Tracy Lord)
(movie, 1938)
···Bringing Up Baby
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Susan Vance)
(movie, 1938)
···Holiday
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Linda Seton)
(movie, 1937)
···Quality Street
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Phoebe Throssel)
(movie, 1937)
···Stage Door
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Terry Randall)
(movie, 1936)
···A Woman Rebels
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Role: Actor (as Pamela Thistlewaite)
(movie, 1935)
···Alice Adams
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Alice Adams)
(movie, 1935)
···Sylvia Scarlett
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Sylvia Scarlett a.k.a. Sylvester)
(movie, 1933)
···Christopher Strong
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Lady Cynthia Darrington)
(movie, 1933)
···Little Women
Genre: Drama, Family, Romance
Role: Actor (as Jo)
(movie, 1932)
···A Bill of Divorcement
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Sydney)