Katharine Hepburn Biography

Katharine Houghton Hepburn was the second of five children born to Katharine and Thomas Hepburn. One of her siblings committed suicide.

BIOGRAPHY

Katharine Houghton Hepburn was the second of five children born to Katharine and Thomas Hepburn. One of her siblings, an older brother, committed suicide, and she used his birthday as her own for years. She was an actress even as a child. When she was eight years old, she cast and presented a dramatization of UNCLE TOM'S CABIN with the neighborhood children.

Hepburn's career in Hollywood spanned six decades. She was nominated for twelve Academy Awards during her film career and received four Oscars for Best Actress for her roles in MORNING GLORY, GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER, THE LION IN WINTER, and ON GOLDEN POND. Three of those she received after she was 60 years old. Hepburn starred with Spencer Tracy in nine films and had a lengthy relationship with him which ended with his death. Her autobiography, ME: STORIES OF MY LIFE was published in 1991.

CHRONOLOGY

1907 She was born in Hartford, Connecticut. (November 8)

1918 She enrolled at Oxford School.

1924 She transferred to Bryn Mawr College.

1928 She married Ludlow Ogden Smith.; She graduated from Bryn Mawr College.; She made her stage debut in Baltimore, Maryland.



1932 A BILL OF DIVORCEMENT - film

1933 MORNING GLORY, LITTLE WOMEN, CHRISTOPHER STRONG - films; She won an Academy Award for her role in MORNING GLORY.

1934 SPITFIRE, THE LITTLE MINISTER - films; She and Ludlow Ogden Smith divorced.; She received a gold medal from The Venice International Motion Picture Exposition as "world's best motion picture actress."

1935 BREAK OF HEARTS, ALICE ADAMS - films

1936 SYLVIA SCARLETT, A WOMAN REBELS, MARY OF SCOTLAND - films

1937 STAGE DOOR, QUALITY STREET - films

1938 BRINGING UP BABY, HOLIDAY - films

1940 THE PHILADELPHIA STORY - film

1941 WOMEN IN DEFENSE - film

1942 KEEPER OF THE FLAME, WOMAN OF THE YEAR - films

1943 STAGE DOOR CANTEEN - film

1944 DRAGON SEED - film

1945 WITHOUT LOVE - film

1946 THE SEA OF GRASS, UNDERCURRENT - films

1947 SONG OF LOVE - film

1948 STATE OF THE UNION - film

1949 ADAM'S RIB - film

1950 AS YOU LIKE IT - Broadway

1952 THE AFRICAN QUEEN, PAT AND MIKE - film

1955 SUMMERTIME - film

1956 THE IRON PETTICOAT, THE RAINMAKER - film

1957 DESK SET - film

1959 SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER - film

1962 LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT - film

1964 MGM'S BIG PARADE OF COMEDY - film

1967 GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER - film; She won an Academy Award for her role in GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER.

1968 THE LION IN WINTER - film; She won an Academy Award for her role in THE LION IN WINTER.

1969 COCO - Broadway musical; THE MADWOMAN OF CHAILOT - film

1971 THE TROJAN WOMEN - film

1973 THE GLASS MENAGERIE - television

1975 LOVE AMONG THE RUINS - television; ROOSTER COGBURN, A DELICATE BALANCE - films

1976 A MATTER OF GRAVITY - Broadway

1978 OLLY, OLLY, OXEN FREE - film

1981 ON GOLDEN POND - film; WEST SIDE WALTZ - theater; She won an Academy Award for her role in ON GOLDEN POND.

1984 GRACE QUIGLEY - film

1986 MRS. DELAFIELD WANTS TO MARRY - television

1988 LAURA LANSING SLEPT HERE - television

1991 ME: STORIES OF MY LIFE was published.

1994 LOVE AFFAIR - film

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