41 Facts About Katharine Hepburn

1. Katharine Hepburn quipped in her biography, Me, "I can eat a pound of chocolates with joy.

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2. Katharine Hepburn appreciated it and sent her a signed personal note.

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3. Katharine Hepburn was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1979.

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4. Katharine Hepburn holds the record for the longest time span between first and last Oscar nominations, at 48 years.

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5. Katharine Hepburn won four Academy Awards, the record number for a performer, and a total of 12 Oscar nominations for Best Actress—a number surpassed only by Meryl Streep.

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6. Katharine Hepburn is the subject of a one-woman play, Tea at Five, written by Matthew Lombardo.

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7. Katharine Hepburn has been honored with her own postal stamp as part of the "Legends of Hollywood" stamp series.

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8. Katharine Hepburn is one of the most celebrated American actresses, but she has been criticized for a lack of versatility.

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9. In 2004, in accordance with Katharine Hepburn's wishes, her belongings were put up for auction with Sotheby's in New York City.

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10. Katharine Hepburn stated in her eighties, "I have no fear of death.

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11. In 1936, while she was touring Jane Eyre, Katharine Hepburn began a relationship with entrepreneur Howard Hughes.

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12. Soon after moving to California, Katharine Hepburn began a relationship with her agent, Leland Hayward, although they were both married.

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13. In 1991, Katharine Hepburn told a journalist, "I'm an atheist, and that's it.

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14. Katharine Hepburn confessed to being, especially early in life, "a me me me person".

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15. In 1991, Katharine Hepburn released her autobiography, Me: Stories of my Life, which topped best-seller lists for over a year.

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16. In 1984, Katharine Hepburn starred in the dark-comedy Grace Quigley, the story of an elderly woman who enlists a hitman to kill her.

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17. In 1976, Katharine Hepburn returned to Broadway for a three-month run of Enid Bagnold's play A Matter of Gravity.

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18. Katharine Hepburn received an Emmy Award nomination for playing wistful Southern mother Amanda Wingfield, which opened her mind to future work on the small screen.

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19. In 1973, Katharine Hepburn ventured into television for the first time, starring in a production of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie.

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20. Katharine Hepburn quickly returned to acting after Tracy's death, choosing to preoccupy herself as a remedy against grief.

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21. Katharine Hepburn felt the award was not just for her, but was given to honor Tracy.

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22. The New York Post wrote of her Cleopatra, "Katharine Hepburn offers a highly versatile performance.

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23. Katharine Hepburn returned to Stratford in the summer of 1960 to play Viola in Twelfth Night, and Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra.

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24. Katharine Hepburn played a cold-hearted Soviet pilot, a performance Bosley Crowther called "horrible".

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25. Katharine Hepburn received an Academy Award nomination for the second year running for her work opposite Burt Lancaster in The Rainmaker.

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26. In the summer of 1952, Katharine Hepburn appeared in London's West End for a ten-week run of George Bernard Shaw's The Millionairess.

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27. In 1951, Katharine Hepburn filmed The African Queen, her first movie in Technicolor.

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28. In 1942, Katharine Hepburn returned to Broadway to appear in another Philip Barry play, Without Love, which was written with the actress in mind.

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29. Katharine Hepburn turned it down, and instead opted to buy out her contract for $75,000.

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30. Katharine Hepburn was praised for her work at early previews, which gave her top billing over Rogers.

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31. Katharine Hepburn sensed that she needed to leave Hollywood, so she returned east to star in a theatrical adaptation of Jane Eyre.

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32. Katharine Hepburn loved the book and was delighted to be offered the role.

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33. Katharine Hepburn arrived in California in July 1932, at 25 years old.

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34. Katharine Hepburn appeared in a number of plays with a summer stock company in Ivoryton, Connecticut, and she proved to be a hit.

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35. In the spring of 1930, Katharine Hepburn joined a theatre company in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

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36. In 1929, Katharine Hepburn turned down a role with the Theatre Guild to play the lead in Death Takes a Holiday.

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37. In 1924 Katharine Hepburn gained a place at Bryn Mawr College.

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38. Katharine Hepburn was a fan of movies from a young age, and went to see one every Saturday night.

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39. Katharine Hepburn was born on May 12, 1907, in Hartford, Connecticut, the second of six children.

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40. Katharine Hepburn masterminded her own comeback, buying out her contract with RKO Radio Pictures and acquiring the film rights to The Philadelphia Story, which she sold on the condition that she be the star.

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41. In 1999, Katharine Hepburn was named by the American Film Institute as the greatest female star of Classic Hollywood Cinema.

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