May 12, 1907
February 8, 2007
5 ft 8 in | 172 cm
34-22-33 in | 86-56-84 cm
55 kg | 121 pounds
8.5 US | 39 EU
Katharine Houghton Hepburn was born in Hartford, Connecticut, United States, on May 12, 1907, was an American actress.
Young Katharine Hepburn first started acting during her years of college in school theater productions.
She began her professional acting career on the stage with Edwin H. Knopf stock theatre company in production of "The Czarina" (1928) in role as A Lady in Waiting.
She got her Broadway debut in a play "These Days" (1928) in role as Veronica Sims, at the Cort Theatre.
Her stage breakthrough performance came as Antiope in a play "The Warrior’s Husband" (1932).
She was nominated for two Tony Awards for her performances as Coco Chanel in musical "Coco" (1969) and as Margaret Mary Elderdice in a play "The West Side Waltz" (1982).
She made her big screen debut in pre-Code drama movie A Bill of Divorcement (1932) in role as Sydney Fairfield, at the age of 25.
She won four Academy Awards for Best Actress for her performances in films:
Morning Glory (1933) Pre-Code drama in role as Eva Lovelace
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) comedy drama in role as Christina Drayton
The Lion in Winter (1968) historical period drama in role as Eleanor of Aquitaine
On Golden Pond (1981) drama in role as Ethel Thayer
She was nominated for the Academy Awards for Best Actress for her roles in films:
Alice Adams (1935) drama romance in role as Alice Adams
The Philadelphia Story (1940) romantic comedy in role as Tracy Samantha Lord, with Cary Grant and James Stewart
Woman of the Year (1942) romantic comedy drama in role as Tess Harding, opposite Spencer Tracy
The African Queen (1951) adventure romance in role as Rose Sayer, with Humphrey Bogart
Summertime (1955) romance drama in role as Jane Hudson
The Rainmaker (1956) romance in role as Lizzie Curry, opposite Burt Lancaster
Suddenly, Last Summer (1959) mystery in role as Violet Venable, with Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift
Long Day's Journey into Night (1962) drama in role as Mary Tyrone
She was named the greatest female star of Classic Hollywood Cinema, by the American Film Institute.
Bringing Up Baby (1938) screwball comedy opposite Cary Grant
Stage Door (1937) comedy drama opposite Ginger Rogers and Lucille Bal
Christopher Strong (1933) pre-Code drama romance in role as Lady Cynthia Darrington
Holiday (1938) romantic comedy with Cary Grant
Little Women (1933) pre-Code drama in role as Josephine "Jo" March
Adam's Rib (1949) romantic comedy with Spencer Tracy
The Man Upstairs (1992) comedy drama opposite Ryan O'Neal
She won a Primetime Emmy Award for Best Actress in a Special - Drama or Comedy for her role as Jessica Medlicott in romantic comedy movie Love Among the Ruins (1975).
Graduated from Bryn Mawr College (1928) with a degree in history and philosophy.
She was the second of six children.
During her acting career, she appeared in 44 movies and 33 plays.
She was nominated for 12 Academy Awards for Best Actress.
Her favorite actress was Bette Davis.
She was known for being an avid golfer, tennis player and swimmer.
She was also known for taking cold showers.
Published her autobiography "Me: Stories of My Life" in 1991.
She made nine films with actor Spencer Tracy.
Suffered from pyrophobia.
Katharine died on June 29, 2003, in Fenwick, Connecticut, United States, at the age of 96.
She was married to Ludlow Ogden Smith (1928-1941).
Has been in 26 year affair with actor Spencer Tracy.
She dated Laura Harding (1939-1994), James Stewart (1938-1939), Howard Hughes (1935-1938), John Ford (1935), Leslie Howard (1933), Leland Hayward (1933-1935) and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (1930-1933).