Beautiful and brainy, Katharine Hepburn was a strong personality and a four time Academy award winning actress.
The daughter of wealthy parents, Katharine was the second of six children. She accompanied her mother in campaigning for women’s right to vote. She didn’t begin her acting career until she attended Bryn Mawr College. After graduating with a degree in history, she spent four years working on Broadway before she was noticed by Hollywood producers.
Her unconventional lifestyle in the 1940s as mistress to her co-star Spencer Tracy led to her reputation as independent woman. She was named top female Hollywood legend by the American Film Institute in 1999.
Kate Hepburn appeared in 44 films and eight tv movies. Many of her films are now considered classics including Little Women, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, African Queen, Morning Glory, On Golden Pond, Rainmaker and Philadelphia Story, among others.