Katharine Hepburn

Katharine HepburnBorn: 12 May 1907
Died: 29 June 2003











Academy Award winning actress Katharine Hepburn was born on this day in 1907.

She made her film debut in A Bill of Divorcement (1932) and a year later received her first Best Actress Academy Award for Morning Glory (1933). After a series of unsuccessful films, including Little Women (1933), Hepburn starred in Alice Adams (1935) said to be one her personal favourite roles and received a second Best Actress nomination.

Following this she starred in Stage Door (1937), Bringing Up Baby (1938) and Holiday (1938), all were praised by the critics but failed at the box office, causing her to be labelled as ‘box office poison’.

In response to this she decided to take matters into her own hands to engineer her comeback, which came with The Philadelphia Story (1940). She acquired the rights to the original play and then sold them to MGM with the condition that she starred in the film and chose the director. The result was one of the biggest selling films of 1940 and a third Best Actress nomination for Hepburn.

With her career back on track, she starred in a series of films with her now husband Spencer Tracy, including Woman of the Year (1942), earning her a fourth Best Actress nomination, State of the Union (1948), Adam’s Rib (1949) and Pat and Mike (1952).

In 1951 she starred alongside Humphrey Bogart in the hugely successful film The African Queen, receiving her fifth Best Actress nomination.

She received further Best Actress nominations for Summertime (1955), Suddenly, Last Summer (1959) and Long Day’s Journey into Night (1962) before receiving her second Best Actress award for Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967), the last film in which she starred with husband Tracy before his death. The Lion in Winter (1968) and On Golden Pond (1981) earned her Best Actress awards three and four.

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