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Katharine Hepburn Edit Profile

also known as Katharine Houghton Hepburn,First Lady of Cinema ,The Great Kate

actor

Education

She attended the institution primarily to satisfy her mother, who had studied there, and recalled disliking the experience. It was the first time she had been in school for several years, and she was self-conscious and uncomfortable with her classmates.She struggled with the scholastic demands of university, and was once suspended for smoking in her room. She later admitted to going swimming naked in the middle of the night.

Career

Hepburn is considered an important and influential cultural figure.During her 66-year career, Hepburn appeared in 44 feature films, 8 television movies, and 33 plays. Her movie career covered a range of genres, including screwball comedies, period dramas, and adaptations of works by America's top playwrights. She appeared on the stage in every decade from the 1920s to the 1980s, performing plays by Shakespeare and Shaw, and a Broadway musical.

Select filmography:

Morning Glory (1933)

Little Women (1933)

Alice Adams (1935)

Stage Door (1937)

Bringing Up Baby (1938)

Holiday (1938)

The Philadelphia Story (1940)

Woman of the Year (1942)

State of the Union (1948)

Adam's Rib (1949)

The African Queen (1951)

Pat and Mike (1952)

Summertime (1955)

The Rainmaker (1956)

Desk Set (1957)

Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)

Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962)

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)

The Lion in Winter (1968)

On Golden Pond (1981)

Select theatre roles:

The Philadelphia Story (1939–1941)

As You Like It (1950)

The Millionairess (1952)

The Taming of the Shrew (1955)

Measure for Measure (1955)

The Merchant of Venice (1955 and 1957)

Much Ado About Nothing (1957)

Twelfth Night (1960)

Antony and Cleopatra (1960)

Coco (1969–1970)

The West Side Waltz (1981)

Achievements

  • Hepburn won four Academy Awards, the record number for a performer, and a total of twelve Oscar nominations for Best Actress—a number surpassed only by Meryl Streep. Hepburn also holds the record for the longest time span between first and last Oscar nominations, at 48 years. She received two awards and five nominations from the British Academy Film Awards, one award and six nominations from the Emmy Awards, eight Golden Globe nominations, two Tony Award nominations, and awards from the Cannes Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, the New York Film Critics Circle Awards, the People's Choice Awards, and others She won a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild in 1979 and received the Kennedy Center Honors, which recognize a lifetime of accomplishments in the arts, in 1990.

    6th Academy Awards (1934): Best Actress, win for' Morning Glory'

    8th Academy Awards (1936): Best Actress, nomination, for 'Alice Adams'

    13th Academy Awards (1941): Best Actress, nomination, for 'The Philadelphia Story'

    15th Academy Awards (1943): Best Actress, nomination, for 'Woman of the Year'

    24th Academy Awards (1952): Best Actress, nomination, for 'The African Queen'

    28th Academy Awards (1956): Best Actress, nomination, for 'Summertime'

    29th Academy Awards (1957): Best Actress, nomination, for 'The Rainmaker'

    32nd Academy Awards (1960): Best Actress, nomination, for 'Suddenly', 'Last Summer'

    35th Academy Awards (1963): Best Actress, nomination, for 'Long Day's Journey Into Night'

    40th Academy Awards (1968): Best Actress, win for 'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner'

    41st Academy Awards (1969): Best Actress, win for 'The Lion in Winter'

    54th Academy Awards (1982): Best Actress, win for 'On Golden Pond'

Religion

Katharine Hepburn didn't believe in religion and afterlife.

Politics

When questioned about politics, Hepburn told an interviewer, "I always just say be on the affirmative and liberal side. Don't be a 'no' person".The anti-communist hysteria in 1940s Hollywood prompted her to political activity, and she made a speech against censorship in May 1947 that shocked the public. Targeted by right-wing activists as a supposed communist sympathizer, she was mentioned at the hearings of the House UnAmerican Activities Committee.

Views

Quotations: 'Acting is the perfect idiot's profession'

'Enemies are so stimulating'

'If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased'

'Plain women know more about men than beautiful women do'

'Sometimes I wonder if men and women really suit each other. Perhaps they should live next door and just visit now and then'

'If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun'

Interests

  • Philosophers & Thinkers

    Albert Schweitzer

  • Sport & Clubs

    Golf, swimming

  • Other Interests

    Movies