Katharine Hepburn Biography


May 12 1907
Hartford, Connecticut, USA

CLAIM TO FAME: Bill of Divorcement, A (1932), opposite John Barrymore. The film was a hit.


With a mind and will of her own both on screen and off, Katharine Hepburn has become a role model to women worldwide.

Katharine Houghton Hepburn was the second child of a successful Connecticut physician and his suffragette wife, Hepburn led a remarkably unrestricted life. However, the defining experience of her youth was the death of her older, revered brother, presumably a suicide.

Hepburn found solace in the stage before eventually making her way to Hollywood. There she starred in Morning Glory, winning the first of her four Academy Awards and launching a film career that was plagued by huge ups and downs in popularity. It was the unique interplay of her public and private personas that made Katharine Hepburn a performer unlike any other. Graduated from Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA in 1928, with a BA in Drama

Also known for her romance with the great actor, Spencer Tracy. Who she costarred with in numerous movies, including "Woman of the Year," and "Adam's Rib."

Hepburn proved her versatility in such pictures asLittle Women(1933),The Little Minister (1934),Alice Adams (1935, for which she received an Oscar nomination),Mary of Scotland (1936), and the wonderful Stage Door (1937, an interesting companion piece to Morning But for every success in her early Hollywood career, there was also a major misfireincluding such all-time oddities asChristopher Strong (1933, in which she played an aviatrix) and Sylvia Scarlett (1935, in which she disguised herself as a boy).

Hepburn is the most awarded actress with 4 Best Actress Academy Awards, more then any other actress. (June 1999) Ranked #1 woman in the AFI's '50 greatest movie legends'.

She is still very much alive, now in her 90's and retired to Connecticut, truly a living legend.

Personal Quotes:

"What you do is to move along, get on with it, and be tough." --Katharine Hepburn

"Life is hard. After all, it kills you." --Katharine Hepburn

Contact Ms. Hepburn

Ms. Hepburn is no longer in sufficient health to read or respond to fan mail. That said, she still enjoys getting flowers. Rose Royce Florist (140 Main Street, Old Saybrook, CT 06475; (860) 388-1052) is happy to deliver to Ms. Hepburn any arrangement you would care to order. A few hints: Kate likes lilacs, stargazer lilies, Casablanca lilies, dark pink roses, fire ice roses, larkspur, ferns and bowls of small sweetheart roses, but dislikes carnations, gladiolus or anything yellow. The owner of the florist is Susan, and it is open 9am to 5:30pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 4:30pm Saturday--all times Eastern.

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