This day in history: Katharine Hepburn was born

Katharine Hepburn - Mini Biography
Katharine Hepburn - Mini Biography

Katharine Hepburn was an icon onscreen and an inspiration in real life. Known for her fierce independence and quick wit, the stage and screen actress was an unconventional movie star who won a record-breaking four Best Actress Academy Awards.

Katharine Hepburn was an extreme liberal. She was pro-abortion, openly atheistic, and she didn't keep her views quiet. Her choice of roles were often affected by her views.

The star was born in Hartford, Connecticut on May 12th, 1907. She acted on and off Broadway before landing a role in the 1932 film "A Bill of Divorcement," opposite John Barrymore.

Hepburn followed her first film with a string of hits including "Morning Glory," for which she won an Academy Award.

By the late 1930s, Hepburn suffered a series of film flops and was dubbed "box office poison."

After buying out her RKO contract, Hepburn bought the rights to "The Philadelphia Story" and had a major comeback starring alongside Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart. The movie became one of the biggest hits of 1940 and gave Hepburn her third Academy Award nomination.

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