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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 Bringing Up Baby

Bringing Up Baby

1938 NR

Love runs wild for a hapless scientist and an unstoppable heiress in Howard Hawks's classic screwball comedy that ranks high on the American Film Institute's list of the funniest Hollywood films ever made. With her eye on paleontologist David (Cary Grant), heiress Susan (Katharine Hepburn) lures him to her home. But the hilarity begins when Susan's dog steals David's prize dinosaur bone and her pet leopard, Baby, is mistaken for a zoo escapee.

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