Katharine Houghton Hepburn (May 12, 1907- June 29, 2003) was an American actress. She was on the list for 12 Academy Awards, and won four of them.
Hepburn was born in Hartford, Connecticut and went to Bryn Mawr College; she got her degree in 1928 and started on Broadway that same year in Night Hostess.
In 1932 she got a role in the George Cukor film A Bill of Divorcement, with John Barrymore. Woman of the Year was the first of nine films with Spencer Tracy. It began one of Hollywood's most famous romances, also on film in Adam's Rib and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. They were together until Tracy's death in 1967, but they never married. This was probably because Tracy, a Catholic, did not want to divorce his wife. Before they met, Hepburn married and divorced Ludlow Ogden Smith and was together with Leland Hayward and Howard Hughes for a long time.
Her autobiography, Me: Stories of My Life, came out in 1991. She died on June 29, 2003 at 2:50 p.m., at Fenwick, the Hepburn family home, in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. She was 96.
During her many decades on stage, on the silver screen, and on television, Katharine Hepburn was an award-winning actress with a strong presence. She tackled comedies and dramas with ease and starred opposite many of Hollywood's leading men, such as Spencer Tracy, Humphrey Bogart, and Cary Grant.
Katharine Hepburn made her professional stage debut in 1928 in Baltimore, and from 1932 attained international fame as a strong character actress. Among many of her outstanding films was Woman of the Year (1942), which saw the beginning of a 25-year professional and personal relationship with co-star Spencer Tracy. She won Oscars for Morning Glory (1933), Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? (1967), The Lion in Winter (1968), and On Golden Pond (1981), and is also remembered for her role in The African Queen (1952).
On Broadway Katharine Hepburn played several Shakespearean roles in the 1950s, and enjoyed enormous success in the stage musical Coco (1969). Her television work included The Glass Menagerie (1973), Love Among the Ruins (1975), The Ultimate Solution of Grace Quigley (1984), and Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry (1986). In 1991 she published Me: Stories of My Life. Katharine Hepburn died on June 29, 2003.
American two-time Academy Award-winning film and stage actor