Katharine Houghton Hepburn
Born May 12, 1907; Died June 29, 2003
Hepburn's career in Hollywood lasted more than 60 years. During that time, Hepburn received four Academy Awards for Best Actress, the standing record for any performer.
Her career started with plaudits (Great reviews for Bill of Divorcement in 1932, and then winning an Academy Award for Morning Glory in 1934) and then proceeded into "Hollywood Poison" territory with a string of films that bombed at the boxoffice. She groomed her own "come-back" plan with stage work for The Philadelphia Story, and owned the cinematic rights that resulted in the Hollywood movie of 1940 in which she starred with Jimmy Stewart and Cary Grant.
Famous for her nine films with Spencer Tracy. She worked in just about every genre, though not science fiction (but an argument can be made for the horror with the crazy gothic trappings of Suddenly Last Summer, her 1958 film from Tennessee Williams' play).
She was a durable actress and kept going well into the 1990s.
Hepburn's Academy Award notices:
- 1934: 6th Academy Awards - Best Actress Award, for Morning Glory
- 1936: 8th Academy Awards - Best Actress, nomination, for Alice Adams
- 1941: 13th Academy Awards - Best Actress, nomination, for The Philadelphia Story
- 1943: 15th Academy Awards - Best Actress, nomination, for Woman of the Year
- 1952: 24th Academy Awards - Best Actress, nomination, for The African Queen
- 1956: 28th Academy Awards - Best Actress, nomination, for Summertime
- 1957: 29th Academy Awards - Best Actress, nomination, for The Rainmaker
- 1960: 32nd Academy Awards - Best Actress, nomination, for Suddenly, Last Summer
- 1963: 35th Academy Awards - Best Actress, nomination, for Long Day's Journey into Night
- 1968: 40th Academy Awards - Best Actress Award, for Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
- 1969: 41st Academy Awards -Best Actress Awardn, for The Lion in Winter (shared with Barbra Streisand for Funny Girl)
- 1982: 54th Academy Awards - Best Actress Award, for On Golden Pond
Hepburn received these other professional awards:
- British Academy Film Awards: two awards and five nominations
- Emmy Awards: one award and six nominations
- Golden Globe: eight nominations
- Tony Award: two nominations
- Cannes Film Festival
- Venice Film Festival
- the New York Film Critics Circle Awards
- People's Choice Awards
- Screen Actors Guild: Lifetime Achievement Award in 1979
- Kennedy Center Honors: lifetime accomplishments in arts, 1990
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The Washington Evening Star, March 3, 1952
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Letters from Hollywood: Inside the Private World of Classic American Movemaking
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