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Born May 12, 1907, in Hartford, Conn., Katharine Hepburn was the second of six children of a surgeon and a suffragette. She began acting on Broadway soon after her 1928 graduation from Bryn Mawr.

The iconoclastic legend made her film debut in A Bill of Divorcement (1933) and won her first of a record four Oscars with her third picture, Morning Glory. Her subsequent wins were for Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?, The Lion in Winter and On Golden Pond. Hepburn was nominated a total of 12 times, another record unbroken until 2003 (by Meryl Streep).

Her many successes include The African Queen and three films with Cary Grant (Holiday, Bringing Up Baby, Philadelphia Story). Woman of the Year (1942) teamed her for the first of nine times with Spencer Tracy, with whom she had a 27-year off-screen relationship. Hepburn's final film was 1994's Love Affair; she died on June 29, 2003, at age 96.

Katharine Hepburn in The Philadelphia Story

The Philadelphia Story

1940 NR

Socialite Tracy Lord (Katharine Hepburn) prepares to remarry, but her ex (Cary Grant) and a tabloid reporter (Best Supporting Actor Oscar-winner James Stewart) have other ideas as they converge on her home for a fateful visit. The three stars form an incomparable trio in one of the most tantalizing screwball romances ever. And under the direction of George Cukor, this once-urbane Broadway comedy springs to life with precision and wit.

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