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Today’s Memory – Katharine Hepburn

”If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased” ; ”Life is hard. After all, it kills you…”

Katharine Hepburn

May 12, 1907, Hartford, Connecticut – June 29, 2003, Fenwick, Connecticut


Katharine Houghton Hepburn was an American actress of film, stage, and television. Known for her fierce independence and spirited personality, Hepburn was a leading lady in Hollywood for more than 60 years. She appeared in a range of genres, from screwball comedy to literary drama, and she received a record four Academy Awards for Best Actress. In 1999, Hepburn was named by the American Film Institute, “the greatest female star of Classic Hollywood Cinema

Katharine Hepburn made her Broadway debut in 1928 and became a star with her first film, A Bill of Divorcement (1932). Her following grew with Morning Glory (1933, Academy Award), Little Women (1933), and Bringing Up Baby (1938), to which she brought a spirited individuality and strength of character. She starred in the Broadway hit The Philadelphia Story (1939; film, 1940).

The Philadelphia Story (1940) Generous to a Fault

Among her other notable films were The African Queen (1951), Summertime (1955), and Suddenly Last Summer (1959). She made eight films with her longtime lover Spencer Tracy, including Woman of the Year (1942), Pat and Mike (1952), and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967, Academy Award), and won two more Oscars for The Lion in Winter (1968) and On Golden Pond (1981).

On Golden Pond 1981

Hepburn’s characters were often strong, sophisticated women with a hidden vulnerability.

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