Katharine Hepburn was an Emmy and multi-Academy
Award-winning American actress of The Philadelphia Story,
Woman of the Year, The African Queen,
The Lion in Winter, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner,
and On Golden Pond fame.
Her onscreen collaborations with actor Spencer Tracy
resulted in some of her most memorable work.
Biographical fast facts
Full or original name at birth: Katharine Houghton Hepburn
Date, time and place of birth: May 12, 1907,
at 5:47 p.m., at 22 Hudson Street, Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.A. *
Date, time, place and cause of death: June 29, 2003,
at 2:50 p.m., Fenwick, Old Saybrook, Connecticut, U.S.A. (Natural causes)
Spouse: Ludlow "Luddy" Ogden Smith (m. December 12, 1928 -
April 30, 1934) (divorced)
Wedding took place at 201 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford,
Siblings: Thomas Houghton Hepburn (b. November 8, 1905, at
22 Hudson Street, Hartford, Connecticut - d. April 3, 1921,
at about 3 a.m., New York City, New York, by suicide - hanging)
RichardHoughton Hepburn (b. September 8, 1911, at
133 Hawthorn Street, Hartford, Connecticut -
d. October 18, 2000, Hartford, Connecticut)
Robert Houghton Hepburn (b. April 4, 1913, at
133 Hawthorn Street, Hartford, Connecticut)(brothers)
Sisters: Marion Houghton Hepburn (b. April 24, 1918, at
352 Laurel Street, Hartford, Connecticut - d. 1986)
Margaret Houghton Hepburn (b.May 17, 1920, at
352 Laurel Street, Hartford, Connecticut)
Father: Dr. Thomas Norval Hepburn (a surgeon) (b. December 18, 1879,
near Richmond, Hanover County, Virginia - d. November 20, 1962,
at 201 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, Connecticut)
Mother:Katharine "Kit" Martha Houghton (a women's rights activist
and birth control advocate, who helped found the organization that
became Planned Parenthood) (b. February 2, 1878, Boston, Massachusetts -
d. March 17, 1951, at 201 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, Connecticut**)
Burial site: Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.A.
Error corrections or clarifications
* Ms. Hepburn acknowledges past deceptions
regarding her date of birth in her autobiography.
Contrary to many published reports, May 12th, 1907
is her true date of birth, not "November 8, 1909."
** One biography erroneously reports Katharine Hepburn's
mother died in 1950. Kate specifically addressed the
death of her mother in her autobiography, and confirms
she actually died in 1951.
NOTE: A few sources also misspell her name "Katherine" Hepburn.
Additional note: A couple of sources offer the misspelling
of "Thomas Horval Hepburn" as her father's name.
For the record, his name was Thomas Norval Hepburn.
All of the following publications, in some
past editions, have offered erroneous
d.o.b. data on Katharine Hepburn.
Born This Day: A Daily Celebration of Famous Beginnings by Ed Morrow
Earl Blackwell's Entertainment Celebrity Register
Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedia
Information Please Almanac
International Motion Picture Almanac
John Willis Screen World
New York Times Encyclopedic Almanac
People Entertainment Almanac
A Remarkable Woman: A Biography of Katharine Hepburn by Anne Edwards
Who's Who in America
The Wordsworth Book of Days
The World Book Encyclopedia Year Book
World Almanac and Book of Facts
It is not our intent to denigrate these fine
publications, but merely to point out the above
inaccuracy to prevent further circulation of the
Career - Selected credits - Hobbies/sidelines
Legend, icon, spirited, strong-willed, independent,
regal, outspoken, brusque, eccentric, free spirit,
remarkable, indomitable and sharp-witted are but
a few of the terms frequently used to describe
KatharineHepburn. Dubbed the "First Lady of Cinema,"
Kate was the 20th century's most celebrated screen
She delivered some of her most memorable work when
teamed with Spencer Tracy
undeniable chemistry was clearly evident, and led
to a long series of film collaborations that
established them as one of the screen's greatest
pairings. It wasn't long before their onscreen
chemistry spilled over into theirprivate lives.
Tracy and Hepburn entered into an off-screen romance
which continued for the remainder of Spencer
Tracy's life. They successfully carried on their
decades long affair in secrecy. It was not public
knowledge until years later. Kate later revealed
she was actually with him at the time of his death.
Theirs was truly one of the most storied off-screen
love stories in Hollywood history.
Katharine Hepburn was thewinner of 4 Academy Awards,
and was the first actress to receive 12 Academy Award
nominations. Her 4 Oscar wins came for her work in
(1933), Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
(1967), The Lion in Winter
(1968) and On Golden Pond
In 1991, Hepburn published her autobiography
Me: Stories of My Life
, in which she acknowledged
her past deceptions regarding her age, and revealed
her true birth date and age. It offered a rare
glimpse into her personal life and career and
became a bestseller.
The 4-time Oscar recipient was a role model for
generations of women and a beloved heroine to
moviegoers for more than six decades. She was
a lady who wasn't afraid to wear slacks decades
before it became fashionable (or even considered
acceptable) for women to do so. Ms. Hepburn was
the epitome of a trailblazing, strong-willed,
self-confident, modern woman.
In July of 2006, Bryn Mawr College announced
it would launch a center honoring the life
and work of alumna Katharine Hepburn. The
Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center was established
to honor the American screen legend and
four-time Oscar winner, a 1928 Bryn Mawr
graduate, and hermother, Katharine "Kit"
Houghton Hepburn, an early feminist activist
and 1899 Bryn Mawr graduate. The center was
authorized by the Hepburn family and executors
of her estate. Lauren Bacall and Blythe Danner
were selected as the recipients of the first-ever
annual Katharine Hepburn Medals which recognizes
women whose outstanding lifework and achievements
embody the intelligence, independence and
drive of Katharine Hepburn.
In 2010, the U.S. Postal Service honored the
movie legend with her own U.S. postage stamp.
The 44-cent First-Class stamp was issued on
what would have been her 103rd birthday,
May 12, 2010. The stamp is now part of the
"Legends ofHollywood" stamp series.
Selected film credits:
A Bill of Divorcement
(1932) (her motion picture debut)
The Little Minister
Break of Hearts
Mary of Scotland
A Woman Rebels
Bringing Up Baby
The Philadelphia Story
Woman of the Year
Keeper of the Flame
Stage Door Canteen
The Sea of Grass
Song of Love
State of the Union
The African Queen
Pat and Mike
The Iron Petticoat
Suddenly, Last Summer
Long Day's Journey Into Night
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
The Lion in Winter
The Madwoman of Chaillot
The Trojan Women
A Delicate Balance
Olly, Olly, Oxen Free
On Golden Pond
The Ultimate Solution of Grace Quigley
Selected TV-movies/Miscellaneous TV:
The Glass Menagerie
Love Among the Ruins
The Corn Is Green
Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry
Laura Lansing Slept Here
The Man Upstairs
This Can't Be Love
Selected stage credits:
(her stage debut 1928)
The Cradle Snatchers
The Big Pond
(her actual Broadway debut, September 12th, 1928, in a bit part)
Broadway "debut" November 12th, 1928, at the Cort Theatre)
Death Takes a Holiday
A Month in the Country
The Admirable Crichton
The Romantic Young Lady
Romeo and Juliet
Art and Mrs. Bottle
The Warrior's Husband
The Philadelphia Story
As You Like It
Measure for Measure
The Taming of the Shrew
The Merchant of Venice
(1955, and also 1957)
Much Ado About Nothing
Antony and Cleopatra
A Matter of Gravity
The West Side Waltz
Selected radio credits:
Romeo and Juliet
A Farewell to Arms
The Philadelphia Story
Woman of the Year
The Game of Love and Death
Golf, swimming, tennis, hiking, bicycling, and painting.
Residences of Katharine Hepburn:
Note that these residences may no longer exist, and it's
possible the addresses
have changed over the years.
This is not to suggest that she owned each and
every one of these structures. We're only reporting the
fact that she called them home at one point or another in
22 Hudson Street, Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.A.
133 Hawthorn Street, Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.A.
352 Laurel St., Hartford,Connecticut, U.S.A.
244 East 49th Street, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Fenwick, Old Saybrook, Connecticut, U.S.A.
More than four dozen sources were consulted in
preparing this biography.
One of the most in-depth of these was her 1991 autobiography,
Me: Stories of My Life.
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