Katharine Hepburn

Katharine Hepburn

Born May 12, 1907

Katharine Houghton Hepburn was an American actress of film, stage, and television. Known for her headstrong independence and spirited personality, Hepburn's career as a Hollywood leading lady spanned more than 60 years. Her work came in a range of genres, from screwball comedy to literary drama, and she received four Academy Awards for Best Actress—a record for any performer. Hepburn's characters were often strong, sophisticated women with a hidden vulnerability.… Read More

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1907 Birth Hepburn was born in Hartford, Connecticut, on May 12, 1907, the second of six children. … Read More


1921 14 Years Old On April 3, 1921, while visiting friends in Greenwich Village, Hepburn discovered the body of her adored older brother, Tom, dead from an apparent suicide. … Read More
1924 17 Years Old In 1924 Hepburn gained a place at Bryn Mawr College. … Read More


She graduated with a degree in history and philosophy in June 1928. … Read More
1929 - 1932 6 More Events
1933 26 Years Old 1 More Event
By the end of 1933 Hepburn was a respected film actress, but she yearned to prove herself on Broadway. … Read More
1936 29 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Towards the end of 1936, Hepburn vied for the role of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind. … Read More


1938 31 Years Old 1 More Event
They separated in 1938, when Hepburn left Hollywood after being labeled "box office poison". … Read More
1941 - 1943 3 More Events
1944 37 Years Old She took an atypical role in 1944, playing a Chinese peasant in the high-budget drama Dragon Seed. … Read More
1945 38 Years Old Without Love received poor reviews, but a new Tracy–Hepburn picture was a big event and it was popular on release, selling a record number of tickets over Easter-weekend 1945. … Read More


1949 42 Years Old Tracy and Hepburn appeared onscreen together for a third consecutive year in the 1949 film Adam's Rib. … Read More
1950 43 Years Old In January 1950, Hepburn ventured into Shakespeare, playing Rosalind in As You Like It. … Read More
1951 44 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1951, Hepburn filmed The African Queen, her first movie in Technicolor. … Read More
1952 45 Years Old In the summer of 1952, Hepburn appeared in London's West End for a ten-week run of George Bernard Shaw's The Millionairess. … Read More


1960 53 Years Old Hepburn returned to Stratford in the summer of 1960 to play Viola in Twelfth Night and Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra. … Read More


1967 - 1986 11 More Events
1991 84 Years Old 1 More Event
It was not until her 1991 autobiography, Me: Stories of My Life, that Hepburn revealed her true birth date.
1992 85 Years Old She returned to television screens in 1992 for The Man Upstairs, co-starring Ryan O'Neal, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination. … Read More
1993 86 Years Old The actress led an active private life, reportedly swimming and playing tennis every morning. In her eighties she was still playing tennis regularly, as indicated in her 1993 documentary All About Me. … Read More
1996 89 Years Old Hepburn stated in her eighties, "I have no fear of death. Must be wonderful, like a long sleep." Her health began to deteriorate not long after her final screen appearance. In the winter of 1996, she was hospitalized with pneumonia.
1997 90 Years Old By 1997, she had become very weak, was speaking and eating very little, and it was feared she would die. … Read More
…  After a period of inactivity and ill health, Hepburn died in 2003 at the age of 96. … Read More
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