Katharine Hepburn biography

Actress Katharine Hepburn

Katharine Hepburn biography

Katharine Hepburn, on May 12, 1907, American actress with one of the longest leading role careers in film history.

Katharine Hepburn's specialty was strong and eccentric personalities, especially in comedies opposite her partner Spencer Tracy, e.g., Woman of the Year (1942) and Adam's Rib (1949), and Cary Grant in Bringing Up Baby (1938) and The Philadelphia Story (1940).

Among her more severe character roles, Sudden Last Summer (1959) and Long Day's Journey into Night (1962) must be highlighted. She was also very successful in The African Queen (1951), and the nostalgic chamber play Love Among the Ruins (1975), which was shaped as a tribute to Katharine Hepburn then and now.

She is the only actress to have been awarded an Oscar four times, which she got for Morning Glory (1933), Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967), The Lion in Winter (1968), and On Golden Pond (1981).

Katharine Hepburn also played regularly at the theater from 1928 and, in 1969, starred as Coco Chanel in the musical Coco. In 1991, she published the autobiography Me — Stories of My Life.

Died on June 29, 2003.

last updated October 2022

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