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Katharine Hepburn

Katharine HepburnAKA Katharine Houghton Hepburn

Born: 12-May-1907
Birthplace: Hartford, CT
Died: 29-Jun-2003
Location of death: Fenwick, Old Saybrook, CT
Cause of death: Natural Causes
Remains: Buried, Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford, CT

Gender: Female
Religion: Atheist
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Bisexual [1]
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: The Philadelphia Story

"She runs the gamut of emotions from A to B." Dorothy Parker, on Hepburn.


[1] William J. Mann, Kate: The Woman Who Was Hepburn (2006). Discussion of this biography appears in "Too Hepburn for Hollywood", Vanity Fair, October 2006, and also, Michael Rowe, "Katharine Hepburn: Leading Man", The Advocate, 20 November 2006, quoting Mann: "The reviews in the UK asked why I didn't just come out and say she was bisexual... They didn't understand why I didn't use that term. It's because I don't think it tells us enough about Katharine Hepburn. You can describe her activity as bisexual, but she certainly would never have thought of herself in those terms."

Father: Thomas Hepburn (doctor)
Mother: Katharine Houghton (cofounded Planned Parenthood, d. 1951)
Sister: Marion Hepburn
Brother: Tom (d. age 14, accidental hanging)
Boyfriend:
Howard Hughes (aviation pioneer and film producer)
Husband: Ludlow Ogden Smith (m. 12-Dec-1928, div. 1934)
Boyfriend: John Ford (film director, mid-1930s)
Boyfriend: Spencer Tracy (actor, together 1940-67, until his death)

    University: BA History and Philosophy, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA (1928)

    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
    RKO Radio Pictures under contract
    Planned Parenthood
    Oscar for Best Actress 1934 for Morning Glory
    Oscar for Best Actress 1968 for Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
    Oscar for Best Actress 1969 for The Lion in Winter
    Oscar for Best Actress 1982 for On Golden Pond
    Emmy 1975 for Love Among the Ruins
    Kennedy Center Honor 1990
    Hollywood Walk of Fame 6288 Hollywood Blvd.
    Margaret Sanger Award 1983
    Houghton Family
    Appendectomy
    Hip Replacement Surgery
    Risk Factors: Smoking

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Love Affair (21-Oct-1994)
    The Man Upstairs (6-Dec-1992)
    Laura Lansing Slept Here (7-Mar-1988)
    Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry (30-Mar-1986)
    George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey (25-Sep-1984) · Herself
    Grace Quigley (May-1984)
    On Golden Pond (4-Dec-1981) · Ethel Thayer
    Olly, Olly, Oxen Free (Aug-1979)
    The Corn Is Green (29-Jan-1979)
    Rooster Cogburn (17-Oct-1975) · Eula
    Love Among the Ruins (6-Mar-1975)
    The Glass Menagerie (16-Dec-1973) · Amanda Wingfield
    A Delicate Balance (10-Dec-1973) · Agnes
    The Trojan Women (27-Sep-1971) · Hecuba
    The Madwoman of Chaillot (12-Oct-1969) · Countess Aurelia
    The Lion in Winter (30-Oct-1968) · Eleanor of Aquitaine
    Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (11-Dec-1967) · Christina Drayton
    Long Day's Journey Into Night (9-Oct-1962) · Mary Tyrone
    Suddenly, Last Summer (22-Dec-1959) · Mrs. Venable
    Desk Set (1-May-1957)
    The Rainmaker (13-Dec-1956) · Lizzie Curry
    The Iron Petticoat (12-Dec-1956) · Vinka Kovelenko
    Summertime (21-Jun-1955) · Jane Hudson
    Pat and Mike (13-Jun-1952) · Pat Pemberton
    The African Queen (23-Dec-1951) · Rose Sayer
    Adam's Rib (18-Nov-1949) · Amanda Bonner
    State of the Union (30-Apr-1948) · Mary Matthews
    Song of Love (Oct-1947) · Clara Wieck Schumann
    The Sea of Grass (27-Feb-1947) · Lutie Cameron
    Undercurrent (28-Nov-1946) · Ann Hamilton
    Without Love (22-Mar-1945) · Jamie Rowan
    Dragon Seed (18-Jul-1944) · Jade
    Stage Door Canteen (24-Jun-1943) · Herself
    Keeper of the Flame (Dec-1942) · Christine Forrest
    Woman of the Year (19-Jan-1942) · Tess Harding
    The Philadelphia Story (1-Dec-1940) · Tracy Lord
    Holiday (15-Jun-1938) · Linda Seton
    Bringing Up Baby (18-Feb-1938) · Susan
    Stage Door (8-Oct-1937) · Terry Randall
    Quality Street (26-Mar-1937) · Phoebe Throssel
    A Woman Rebels (29-Oct-1936) · Pamela Thistlewaite
    Mary of Scotland (28-Jul-1936) · Mary Stuart
    Sylvia Scarlett (12-Dec-1935) · Sylvia Scarlett
    Alice Adams (14-Aug-1935) · Alice Adams
    Break of Hearts (16-May-1935) · Constance Dane Roberti
    The Little Minister (28-Dec-1934)
    Spitfire (8-Mar-1934) · Trigger Hicks
    Little Women (16-Nov-1933) · Jo
    Morning Glory (16-Aug-1933) · Eva Lovelace
    Christopher Strong (9-Mar-1933) · Lady Cynthia Darrington
    A Bill of Divorcement (30-Sep-1932) · Sydney Fairfield

Appears on the cover of:
Entertainment Weekly, 11-Jul-2003, DETAILS: Katharine Hepburn 1907-2003 (black and white studio headshot from Long Day's Journey Into Night, 1961)


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