Katharine Hepburn, 1907-2003

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Woman Category: Fashion & Beauty and Theater & CinemaWoman Tags: Actress and NYC Women

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    An award-winning actress, selected as the American greatest screen legend.

    Daughter of a wealthy doctor and a suffragist, Katharine Houghton Hepburn started her acting career after graduating from Bryn Mawr College with a degree in philosophy and history. She earned her first lead role in a Broadway play at 25, the same year she had her debut film appearance. Her unique personality, coming across on screen through her accent, was perceived with diverse reactions: some loved her, some didn’t. That inconsistency was a consistent thread in her fascinating 6-decades career as an actress, with dramatic ups and downs. The low came early with devastating reviews on her performance in The Lake play and a being called “box-office poison”. She was not discouraged and went on to feature in 43 films, and dozens of plays and television shows, with multiple nominations, and awards.
    She was a controversial figure in the 20th-century pop culture for her uncompromising-outspoken-honest personality. She chose to wear comfortable clothes and was instrumental in promoting the then provocative and innovative fashion of wearing pants. In the spirit of openness, she published two books and appeared in a biographical documentary. After the wife of the actor Spencer Tracy died, Hepburn publicly confessed her 27-years relationship with him, whom she described him as her only love. The couple starred together in nine films.
    After years of an impressing record-breaking career, winning four Academy Awards (although she never attended the Oscar ceremony to collect them), she died at the age of 96. Shortly before that, in 1999, Hepburn was named by the American Film Institute as the greatest female star of Classic Hollywood Cinema.

    “I realized long ago that skirts are hopeless. Anytime I hear a man say he prefers a woman in a skirt, I say: ‘Try one’”

    “I realized long ago that skirts are hopeless. Anytime I hear a man say he prefers a woman in a skirt, I say: ‘Try one’”


    More Interesting Anecdotes:

    • She said in an interview that she cries only in films, not in real life.
    • She confessed lying for years that she was two years younger than her age.
    • In 1928, she married Ludlow Ogden Smith and divorced him a few years after, remaining friends.
    • At the age of 62, she sang in a musical for the first time, acting as the fashion designer Coco Chanel.
  • More About Her Legacy
    Creations By and About Her:

    * Books she wrote
    * Books about her


    * Academy Award for Best Actress (1934, 1968, 1969, 1982)
    * Lifetime achievement award by Council of Fashion Designers of America (1986)

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    Top 10 Katharine Hepburn Performances

    You don't win four Oscars for nothing. Welcome to MsMojo and today we're counting down our picks for the Top 10 Katharine Hepburn performances. Subscribe►►http://www.youtube.com/c/MsMojo?sub_c... Facebook►►http://www.Facebook.com/MsWatchMojo Twitter►►http://www.Twitter.com/MsWatchMojo Instagram►►http://instagram.com/MsWatchMojo

    One of the most legendary actors in Hollywood history, Katharine Hepburn was named the greatest female screen legend by the American Film Institute. And with more Oscars under her belt than any other actor, Hepburn is without a doubt one of the greatest entertainers on the silver screen. For this list, we’re looking at Katharine Hepburn’s greatest roles from an impressive career spanning over sixty years.

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  • Katharine Hepburn painting by Everett Raymond Kinstler, 1982. Presented at the National Portrait Gallery. Credit - WWP team.