History Creator / KatharineHepburn

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No, she's not related to Creator/AudreyHepburn. (She was from across the pond.)

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No, she's not related to Creator/AudreyHepburn. (She was from across the pond.)) [[note]]They were, in fact, close friends in real life; Katharine nicknamed her "my little daughter".[[/note]]
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* Being tart and abrasive, which led some of her Hollywood detractors to nickname her "Katherine of Arrogance." During the filming of ''Film/SuddenlyLastSummer'', she was so disgusted with how the director treated another actor that she ''spat right in his face'' when filming was over - and Hepburn herself was notorious for belittling and criticizing actors who didn't measure up to her standards. She once tore into Creator/RobertMitchum for doing an unflattering yet accurate impression of her, telling him he had no talent and only got by on his looks. His response? He just shrugged as if to say ''Whatever''.

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* Being tart and abrasive, which led some of her Hollywood detractors to nickname her "Katherine "Katharine of Arrogance." During the filming of ''Film/SuddenlyLastSummer'', she was so disgusted with how the director treated another actor that she ''spat right in his face'' when filming was over - and Hepburn herself was notorious for belittling and criticizing actors who didn't measure up to her standards. She once tore into Creator/RobertMitchum for doing an unflattering yet accurate impression of her, telling him he had no talent and only got by on his looks. His response? He just shrugged as if to say ''Whatever''.
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* RealitySubtext: [[invoked]] When Creator/SpencerTracy did his "If it's half of what we felt, it's everything" speech in ''Guess Who's Coming to Dinner'', Hepburn is seen standing to the side with tears spilling down her cheeks. That wasn't acting - Tracy's monologue was very obviously about his real life relationship with Hepburn.

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* RealitySubtext: [[invoked]] When Creator/SpencerTracy did his "If it's half of what we felt, it's everything" speech in ''Guess Who's Coming to Dinner'', Hepburn is seen standing to the side with tears spilling down her cheeks. That wasn't acting - -- Tracy's monologue was very obviously about his real life relationship with Hepburn.


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* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: Hepburn might as well be the best example of the Mid-Atlantic accent: the typical dialect that many movie stars were using in their films at the time. What made it her trademark was that she never changed her voice, no matter what character she was, making her a member of {{Small Reference Pool|s}} of old/outdated dialects. (Although, the accent ''did'' manage to give her a convincing posh southern-[[UsefulNotes/TheMidlands English]] accent for the missionary Rose in ''Film/TheAfricanQueen''.)
24th Dec '16 5:15:34 AM Kitchen90
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After ''Little Women'', Hepburn unfortunately hit a rough patch. For a number of years, she was given unsuitable roles by RKO, in films such as ''The Little Minister'', ''Film/MaryOfScotland'', ''Sylvia Scarlet'', and ''Quality Street''. Even parts well-regarded now, such as her turn as the title character in ''Alice Adams'', Susan Vance in ''Film/BringingUpBaby'', Terry Randall in ''Film/StageDoor'' (which provided her SignatureLine, "The calla lilies are in bloom again..."), and Linda Seton in ''Film/{{Holiday}}'' failed to break her reputation as "box office poison." Hepburn's box office woes were not helped by her reputation for being difficult to work with due to her HairTriggerTemper. However, 1939 marked her triumphant return as Tracy Lord in ''Film/ThePhiladelphiaStory'' and the film of the play the following year. A long string of memorable films followed, among them ''Film/TheAfricanQueen'' (opposite the equally legendary HumphreyBogart), ''Theatre/LongDaysJourneyIntoNight'', ''Film/GuessWhosComingToDinner'', and ''Theatre/TheLionInWinter''. She also made nine films -- largely romantic comedies -- with Creator/SpencerTracy, whom she met on the set of their first film, ''Film/WomanOfTheYear.'' The couple [[RomanceOnTheSet became romantically involved during that film]] and, in spite of Tracy's marriage to another woman whom he refused to divorce, remained together until Tracy's death in 1967. Hepburn categorically refused to watch ''Guess Who's Coming to Dinner'', their last film together, because the memories of Tracy were too painful for her.

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After ''Little Women'', Hepburn unfortunately hit a rough patch. For a number of years, she was given unsuitable roles by RKO, in films such as ''The Little Minister'', ''Film/MaryOfScotland'', ''Sylvia Scarlet'', and ''Quality Street''. Even parts well-regarded now, such as her turn as the title character in ''Alice Adams'', Susan Vance in ''Film/BringingUpBaby'', Terry Randall in ''Film/StageDoor'' (which provided her SignatureLine, "The calla lilies are in bloom again..."), and Linda Seton in ''Film/{{Holiday}}'' failed to break her reputation as "box office poison." Hepburn's box office woes were not helped by her reputation for being difficult to work with due to her HairTriggerTemper. However, 1939 marked her triumphant return as Tracy Lord in ''Film/ThePhiladelphiaStory'' and the film of the play the following year. year.

A long string of memorable films followed, among them ''Film/TheAfricanQueen'' (opposite the equally legendary HumphreyBogart), ''Theatre/LongDaysJourneyIntoNight'', ''Film/GuessWhosComingToDinner'', and ''Theatre/TheLionInWinter''. She also made nine films -- largely romantic comedies -- with Creator/SpencerTracy, whom she met on the set of their first film, ''Film/WomanOfTheYear.'' The couple [[RomanceOnTheSet became romantically involved during that film]] and, in spite of Tracy's marriage to another woman whom he refused to divorce, remained together until Tracy's death in 1967. Hepburn categorically refused to watch ''Guess Who's Coming to Dinner'', their last film together, because the memories of Tracy were too painful for her.
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Her mother, also named Katharine Hepburn, was one of the founders of what eventually became Planned Parenthood.






Her mother, also named Katharine Hepburn, was one of the founders of what eventually became Planned Parenthood.









* FieryRedhead: Loads of Hepburn's roles in the early years of her career occasionally had her characters defying expectations or being passionate about her interests or her job.
** In real life, Hepburn was one, and proud. She stated in her autobiography that she probably got it from her parents, who were both passionate and strong people, and encouraged their children to follow their dreams, no matter the doubters.



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* ''A Bill of Divorcement'', as Sydney Fairfield (1932)
* ''Christopher Strong'', as Lady Cynthia Darrington (1933)
* ''Morning Glory'', as Eva Lovelace, her first UsefulNotes/AcademyAward-winning role (1933); she lost the Oscar after a hurricane destroyed her house in 1938.
* ''LIterature/LittleWomen'', as Jo March (1933)
* ''The Little Minister'', as Babbie the Gypsy (1934)
* ''Literature/AliceAdams'', as the title character (1935) Oscar nom.
* ''Sylvia Scarlett'', as the [[GenderBender gender-bent]] eponymous Sylvia/Sylvester (1935) -- The first of her four films with Cary Grant
* ''Film/MaryOfScotland'', as [[UsefulNotes/MaryOfScotland Mary, Queen of Scots]] (1936)
* ''Quality Street'', as Phoebe Throssel (1937)
* ''Film/StageDoor'', as Terry Randall (1937) -- As noted, provided her SignatureLine, spoken as a character in a play. The full speech runs:
-->''The calla lilies are in bloom again -- such a strange flower, suitable to any occasion. I carried them on my wedding day, and now I place them here in memory of something that has died.''
* ''Film/BringingUpBaby'', as Susan Vance (1938) -- Her second film with CaryGrant
* ''{{Film/Holiday}}'', as Linda Seton (1938) -- Her third film with Cary Grant
* ''Film/ThePhiladelphiaStory'', as Tracy Lord (1940) -- Her fourth and final film with Cary Grant. Oscar nom.
* ''Film/WomanOfTheYear,'' as Tess Harding (1942) -- The first of her nine films with Spencer Tracy. Oscar nom.
* ''Dragon Seed'', as Jade Tan (1944) -- In a very unconvincing {{yellowface}} role.
* ''Song of Love'', as ClaraSchumann (1947) -- A Biopic of [[UsefulNotes/DichterAndDenker German composer]] Music/RobertSchumann
* ''Theatre/StateOfTheUnion'', as Mary Matthews (1948) -- The fifth of her films with Spencer Tracy
* ''Film/AdamsRib'', as Amanda Bonner, one of a married couple of contending lawyers (1949) -- The sixth of her films with Spencer Tracy
* ''Film/TheAfricanQueen'', as Rose Sayer (1951) Oscar nom.
* ''Pat and Mike'', as Patricia Pemberton (1952) -- The seventh of her films with Spencer Tracy
* ''Film/{{Summertime}}'', as Jane Hudson (1955) Oscar nom.
* ''The Rainmaker'', as Lizzie Currie (1956) Oscar nom.
* ''Desk Set'', as Bunny Watson (1957) -- The eighth of her films with Spencer Tracy
* ''Film/SuddenlyLastSummer'' as Violet Venable (1959) Oscar nom.
* ''Long Day's Journey Into Night'', as TheAlcoholic Mary Tyrone (1962) Oscar nom.
* ''Film/GuessWhosComingToDinner'', as Christina Drayton (1967) -- The ninth and last of her films with Spencer Tracy -- The second of her UsefulNotes/AcademyAward-winning parts
* ''Film/TheLionInWinter'', as Eleanor of Aquitaine (1968) -- The third of her UsefulNotes/AcademyAward-winning roles. Shared the Oscar with Creator/BarbraStreisand for ''Theatre/FunnyGirl'', after the vote ended in a tie. This was only the second time that a tie was declared in an acting category, and the first time ever that an EXACT tie occurred (in the Academy's earliest years, all one had to do was earn within 3 votes of 1st place to tie, which allowed Wallace Beery and Fredric March to share the Best Actor statue of 1932).

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* ''A Bill of Divorcement'', Divorcement'' (1932), as Sydney Fairfield (1932)
Fairfield
* ''Christopher Strong'', Strong'' (1933), as Lady Cynthia Darrington (1933)
Darrington
* ''Morning Glory'', Glory'' (1933), as Eva Lovelace, her Lovelace. Her first UsefulNotes/AcademyAward-winning role (1933); role; she lost the Oscar statue after a hurricane destroyed her house in 1938.
* ''LIterature/LittleWomen'', ''LIterature/LittleWomen'' (1933), as Jo March (1933)
March
* ''The Little Minister'', Minister'' (1934), as Babbie the Gypsy (1934)
Gypsy
* ''Literature/AliceAdams'', ''Literature/AliceAdams'' (1935), as the title character (1935) character. Oscar nom.
* ''Sylvia Scarlett'', Scarlett'' (1935), as the [[GenderBender gender-bent]] eponymous Sylvia/Sylvester (1935) -- Sylvia/Sylvester. The first of her four films with Cary Grant
Creator/CaryGrant.
* ''Film/MaryOfScotland'', ''Film/MaryOfScotland'' (1936), as [[UsefulNotes/MaryOfScotland Mary, Queen of Scots]] (1936)
Scots]]
* ''Quality Street'', Street'' (1937), as Phoebe Throssel (1937)
Throssel
* ''Film/StageDoor'', ''Film/StageDoor'' (1937), as Terry Randall (1937) -- Randall. As noted, provided her SignatureLine, spoken as a character in a play. The full speech runs:
-->''The -->"The calla lilies are in bloom again -- such a strange flower, suitable to any occasion. I carried them on my wedding day, and now I place them here in memory of something that has died.''
"
* ''Film/BringingUpBaby'', ''Film/BringingUpBaby'' (1938), as Susan Vance (1938) -- Vance. Her second film with CaryGrant
Cary Grant.
* ''{{Film/Holiday}}'', ''Film/{{Holiday}}'' (1938), as Linda Seton (1938) -- Seton. Her third film with Cary Grant
Grant.
* ''Film/ThePhiladelphiaStory'', ''Film/ThePhiladelphiaStory'' (1940), as Tracy Lord (1940) -- Lord. Her fourth and final film with Cary Grant. Oscar nom.
* ''Film/WomanOfTheYear,'' ''Film/WomanOfTheYear'' (1942), as Tess Harding (1942) -- Harding. The first of her nine films with Spencer Tracy.Creator/SpencerTracy. Oscar nom.
* ''Dragon Seed'', Seed'' (1944), as Jade Tan (1944) -- Tan. In a very unconvincing {{yellowface}} role.
* ''Song of Love'', Love'' (1947), as ClaraSchumann (1947) -- ClaraSchumann. A Biopic of [[UsefulNotes/DichterAndDenker German composer]] Music/RobertSchumann
Music/RobertSchumann.
* ''Theatre/StateOfTheUnion'', ''Theatre/StateOfTheUnion'' (1948), as Mary Matthews (1948) -- Matthews. The fifth of her films with Spencer Tracy
Tracy.
* ''Film/AdamsRib'', ''Film/AdamsRib'' (1949), as Amanda Bonner, one of a married couple of contending lawyers (1949) -- Bonner. The sixth of her films with Spencer Tracy
Tracy.
* ''Film/TheAfricanQueen'', ''Film/TheAfricanQueen'' (1951), as Rose Sayer (1951) Sayer. Oscar nom.
* ''Pat and Mike'', Mike'' (1952), as Patricia Pemberton (1952) -- Pemberton. The seventh of her films with Spencer Tracy
Tracy.
* ''Film/{{Summertime}}'', ''Film/{{Summertime}}'' (1955), as Jane Hudson (1955) Hudson. Oscar nom.
* ''The Rainmaker'', Rainmaker'' (1956), as Lizzie Currie (1956) Currie. Oscar nom.
* ''Desk Set'', Set'' (1957), as Bunny Watson (1957) -- Watson. The eighth of her films with Spencer Tracy
Tracy.
* ''Film/SuddenlyLastSummer'' (1959), as Violet Venable (1959) Venable. Oscar nom.
* ''Long Day's Journey Into Night'', ''Theatre/LongDaysJourneyIntoNight'' (1962), as TheAlcoholic Mary Tyrone (1962) Tyrone. Oscar nom.
* ''Film/GuessWhosComingToDinner'', ''Film/GuessWhosComingToDinner'' (1967), as Christina Drayton (1967) -- Drayton. The ninth and last of her films with Spencer Tracy -- The Tracy, and the second of her UsefulNotes/AcademyAward-winning parts
roles.
* ''Film/TheLionInWinter'', ''Film/TheLionInWinter'' (1968), as Eleanor of Aquitaine (1968) -- Aquitaine. The third of her UsefulNotes/AcademyAward-winning roles. Shared the Oscar with Creator/BarbraStreisand for ''Theatre/FunnyGirl'', after the vote ended in a tie. This was only the second time that a tie was declared in an acting category, and the first time ever that an EXACT tie occurred (in the Academy's earliest years, all one had to do was earn within 3 votes of 1st place to tie, which allowed Wallace Beery and Fredric March to share the Best Actor statue of 1932).



* ''The Madwoman of Chaillot'', as Countess Aurelia (1969) -- The first of a series of revivals of classic plays, done mainly for television
* ''Coco'', as UsefulNotes/CocoChanel (1969) (Broadway musical)
* ''The Trojan Women'', as Hecuba (1971)
* ''Theatre/TheGlassMenagerie'', as Amanda Wingfield (1973) (TV)
* ''Love Among the Ruins'', as Jessica Medlicott, opposite fabled actor Creator/LaurenceOlivier (1975) (TV)
* ''Film/RoosterCogburn'', as Eula Goodnight, with legendary screen He-Man Creator/JohnWayne as the eponymous bounty hunter (1975)
* ''The Corn is Green'', as Lilly Moffat (1979) (TV)
* ''On Golden Pond'', as Ethel Thayer, with classic Hollywood leading man Henry Fonda (1981) -- Her fourth and last UsefulNotes/AcademyAward-winning part
* ''Love Affair'', as Ginny (1994) -- Her last cinematic release
* ''One Christmas'', as Cornelia Beaumont (1994) (TV)

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* ''The Madwoman of Chaillot'', Chaillot'' (1969), as Countess Aurelia (1969) -- Aurelia. The first of a series of revivals of classic plays, done mainly for television
television.
* ''Coco'', ''Coco'' (1969), as UsefulNotes/CocoChanel (1969) (Broadway musical)
* ''The Trojan Women'', Women'' (1971), as Hecuba (1971)
Hecuba
* ''Theatre/TheGlassMenagerie'', ''Theatre/TheGlassMenagerie'' (1973), as Amanda Wingfield (1973) (TV)
(TV movie)
* ''Love Among the Ruins'', Ruins'' (1975), as Jessica Medlicott, opposite fabled actor Creator/LaurenceOlivier (1975) (TV)
Creator/LaurenceOlivier.
* ''Film/RoosterCogburn'', ''Film/RoosterCogburn'' (1975), as Eula Goodnight, with legendary screen He-Man opposite Creator/JohnWayne as the eponymous bounty hunter (1975)
hunter.
* ''The Corn is Green'', Green'' (1979), as Lilly Moffat (1979) (TV)
(TV movie)
* ''On Golden Pond'', Pond'' (1981), as Ethel Thayer, with classic Hollywood leading man Henry Fonda (1981) -- opposite Creator/HenryFonda. Her fourth and last UsefulNotes/AcademyAward-winning part
part.
* ''Love Affair'', Affair'' (1994), as Ginny (1994) -- Ginny. Her last cinematic release
release.
* ''One Christmas'', Christmas'' (1994), as Cornelia Beaumont (1994) (TV)
(TV movie)
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'''Katharine Houghton Hepburn''' (May 12, 1907 June 29, 2003) was, according to the American Film Institute, the greatest female star ever to grace American cinema.

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'''Katharine Katharine Houghton Hepburn''' Hepburn (May 12, 1907 June 29, 2003) was, according to the American Film Institute, the greatest female star ever to grace American cinema.
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* ''Love Among the Ruins'', as Jessica Medlicott, opposite fabled actor LaurenceOlivier (1975) (TV)
* ''Film/RoosterCogburn'', as Eula Goodnight, with legendary screen He-Man JohnWayne as the eponymous bounty hunter (1975)

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* ''Love Among the Ruins'', as Jessica Medlicott, opposite fabled actor LaurenceOlivier Creator/LaurenceOlivier (1975) (TV)
* ''Film/RoosterCogburn'', as Eula Goodnight, with legendary screen He-Man JohnWayne Creator/JohnWayne as the eponymous bounty hunter (1975)
12th Nov '16 11:53:24 AM Kitchen90
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Katharine Houghton Hepburn (May 12, 1907 June 29, 2003) was, according to the American Film Institute, the greatest female star ever to grace American cinema.

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Katharine '''Katharine Houghton Hepburn Hepburn''' (May 12, 1907 June 29, 2003) was, according to the American Film Institute, the greatest female star ever to grace American cinema.
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* LadySnarker: Both on and off the screen.

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* LadySnarker: DeadpanSnarker: Both on and off the screen.



* RealitySubtext: [[invoked]] When Spencer Tracy did his "If it's half of what we felt, it's everything" speech in ''Guess Who's Coming to Dinner'', Hepburn is seen standing to the side with tears spilling down her cheeks. That wasn't acting - Tracy's monologue was very obviously about his real life relationship with Hepburn.

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* RealitySubtext: [[invoked]] When Spencer Tracy Creator/SpencerTracy did his "If it's half of what we felt, it's everything" speech in ''Guess Who's Coming to Dinner'', Hepburn is seen standing to the side with tears spilling down her cheeks. That wasn't acting - Tracy's monologue was very obviously about his real life relationship with Hepburn.



** She and Spencer Tracy starred with each other in nine films from 1942-1967.
** Before that, her and Cary Grant. The two starred with each other in four films from 1935-1940.

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** She and Spencer Tracy Creator/SpencerTracy starred with each other in nine films from 1942-1967.
** Before that, her and Cary Grant.Creator/CaryGrant. The two starred with each other in four films from 1935-1940.
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