Fast Facts

  • Taking a cue from her activist parents, who were a strong and persistent influence, she supported women's voting and reproductive rights.
  • Starred in nine films with longtime companion Spencer Tracy.
  • Out of respect for his family, chose not to attend Tracy's funeral in 1967, opting instead to assist in lifting his casket into the hearse at the funeral home; refrained from speaking of their personal relationship until after the death of his wife in 1983.
  • Composer Stephen Sondheim was a neighbor in the Turtle Bay section of Manhattan where she owned a brownstone for over 50 years.  
  • Published her first book, The Making of The African Queen, in 1987; a few years later, she reportedly received $4.5 million for her biography Me: Stories of My Life.
  • Council of Fashion Designers gave her a lifetime achievement award in 1986, due in large part to her ground-breaking preference for trousers early in her career.
  • With 12 nominations and four wins, held the record for most Academy Award nominations for acting until Meryl Streep surpassed her in 2003.
  • Spent the last years of her life at the family home in the Fenwick section of Old Saybrook, CT, that served as a retreat throughout her life.
  • Had a cultural-arts center, which also includes a museum dedicated to her life, named after her in Old Saybrook in 2009. 
  • Was honored with a commemorative stamp by the U.S. Postal Service in 2010.

Awards

  • 1975, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Special Program - Drama or Comedy: Winner
  • 1979, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special: Nominee
  • 1969, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1982, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1974, Emmy — Best Lead Actress in Drama: Nominee
  • 1957, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1963, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1960, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1993, Emmy — Outstanding Informational Special: Nominee
  • 1968, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1993, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1953, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1967, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 1940, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1959, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1986, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Special: Nominee
  • 1956, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1933, Oscar — Best Actress: Winner
  • 1935, Oscar — Best Actress: Nominee
  • 1942, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1955, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1962, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1968, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 1976, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Motion Picture Actress: Winner
  • 1986, Emmy — Outstanding Informational Special: Nominee
  • 1981, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 1970, Tony — Actress (Musical): Nominee
  • 1952, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Foreign Actress: Nominee
  • 1983, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Motion Picture Actress: Winner
  • 1957, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Foreign Actress: Nominee
  • 1953, Golden Globe — Actress in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1994, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Nominee
  • 1955, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Foreign Actress: Nominee
  • 1982, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress: Winner
  • 1979, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Life Achievement Award: Winner
  • 1934, Venice Film Festival — Best Actress: Winner
  • 1962, Cannes Film Festival — Best Actress: Winner
  • 1951, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1982, Tony — Actress (Play): Nominee
  • 1968, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress: Winner

Relationships

  • Thomas Norval Hepburn — Father
  • Marianne Hepburn Grant — Sister
  • Spencer Tracy — Ex-significant Other
  • Tom Hepburn — Brother
  • Ludlow Ogden Smith — Ex-husband
  • Katharine Houghton Hepburn — Mother
  • Robert Hepburn — Brother
  • Leland Hayward — Ex-significant Other
  • Margaret Hepburn Perry — Sister
  • Howard Hughes — Ex-significant Other
  • Katharine Houghton — Niece
  • Richard Hepburn — Brother

College

  • Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA (BA in Drama, 1928)

Details

  • Birth Name: Katharine Houghton Hepburn
  • Birth Place: Hartford, CT
  • Birthday: May 12, 1907, Taurus
  • Died: June 29, 2003
  • Profession: Actor
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