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Katharine Martha Houghton Hepburn

Female 1907 - 2003  (96 years)    Has more than 100 ancestors but no descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Katharine Martha Houghton Hepburn 
    Birth 12 May 1907  Hartford Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Death 29 Jul 2003  Old Saybrook, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Siblings 5 Siblings 
    Person ID I337123  Geneagraphie
    Links To This person is also Katharine Martha Houghton Hepburn at Wikipedia 
    Links To This person is also Katharine Martha Houghton Hepburn at IMDb 
    Last Modified 14 Feb 2018 

    Father Thomas Norval Hepburn, M. D.,   b. 18 Dec 1879, Fairlee, Kent County, Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 20 Nov 1961, West Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 81 years) 
    Mother Katharine Martha Houghton,   b. Abt 1870, New York, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 17 Mar 1951 (Age 81 years) 
    Marriage 6 Jun 1904 
    Family ID F133735  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Ludlow Ogden Smith,   b. 1899   d. 1982 (Age 83 years) 
    Marriage 12 Dec 1928 
    Divorce 1934 
    Family ID F170225  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 30 Jun 2003 

    Family 2 Leland Hayward,   b. 1902, Nebraska City, Nebraska, USA Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 18 Mar 1971, Haywire Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 69 years) 
    Marriage
    • They lived together for several years in New York.
      he was also her agent.
    Family ID F178697  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 30 Jun 2003 

    Family 3 Howard Robard Hughes, Jr.,   b. 24 Dec 1905, Houston Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 5 Apr 1976 (Age 70 years) 
    Marriage
    • had three-year relationship
    Family ID F178710  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 30 Jun 2003 

    Family 4 Spencer Bonaventure Tracy,   b. 5 Apr 1900, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 10 Jun 1967, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 67 years) 
    Marriage 1940 
    Family ID F110477  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 4 Feb 2003 

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    • she was the daughter of a doctor and a suffragette, both of whom always encouraged her to speak her mind, develop it fully, and exercise her body to its full potential. An athletic tomboy as a child, she was also very close to her brother, Tom, and was devastated at age 14 to find him dead, the apparent result of accidentally hanging himself while practicing a hanging trick their father had taught them. For many years after this, Katharine used his birthdate, November 8, as her own. She then became very shy around girls her age, and was largely schooled at home. She did attend Bryn Mawr College, however, and it was here that she decided to become an actress, appearing in many of their productions. After graduating, she began getting small roles in plays on Broadway and elsewhere. She always attracted attention in these parts, especially for her role in "Art and Mrs. Bottle" (1931); then, she finally broke into stardom when she took the starring role of the Amazon princess Antiope in "A Warrior's Husband" (1932). The inevitable film offers followed, and after making a few screen tests, she was cast in Bill of Divorcement, A (1932), opposite John Barrymore. The film was a hit, and after agreeing to her salary demands, RKO signed her to a contract. She made five films between 1932 and 1934. For her third, Morning Glory (1933) she won her first Academy Award. Her fourth, Little Women (1933) was the most successful picture of its day. But stories were beginning to leak out of her haughty behavior off-screen and her refusal to play the Hollywood Game, always wearing slacks and no makeup, never posing for pictures or giving interviews. Audiences were shocked at her unconventional behavior instead of applauding it, and so when she returned to Broadway in 1934 to star in "The Lake, " the critics panned her and the audiences, who at first bought up tickets, soon deserted her. When she returned to Hollywood, things didn't get much better. From the period 1935-1938, she had only two hits: Alice Adams (1935), which brought her her second Oscar nomination, and Stage Door (1937); the many flops included Break of Hearts (1935), Sylvia Scarlett (1936), Mary of Scotland (1936), Quality Street (1937), and the now-classic Bringing Up Baby (1938). With so many flops, she came to be labeled "box-office poison." She decided to go back to Broadway to star in "The Philadelphia Story" (1938), and was rewarded a smash. She quickly bought the film rights, and so was able to negotiate her way back to Hollywood on her own terms, including her choice of director and costars. The film version of Philadelphia Story, The (1940), was a box-office hit, and Hepburn, who won her third Oscar nomination for the film, was bankable again. For her next film, Woman of the Year (1942), she was paired with Spencer Tracy, and the chemistry between them lasted for eight more films, spanning the course of 25 years, and a romance that lasted that long offscreen. (She received her fourth Oscar nomination for the film.) Their films included the very successful Adam's Rib (1949), Pat and Mike (1952), and Desk Set (1957). With African Queen, The (1951), Hepburn moved into middle-aged spinster roles, receiving her fifth Oscar nomination for the film. She played more of these types of roles throughout the 50s, and won more Oscar nominations for many of them, including her roles in Summertime (1955), Rainmaker, The (1956), and Suddenly, Last Summer (1959). Her film roles became fewer and farther between in the 60s, as she devoted her time to her ailing partner Spencer Tracy. For one of her film appearances in this decade, in Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962), she received her ninth Oscar nomination. After a five-year absence from films, she then made Guess Who's Coming To Dinner (1967), her last film with Tracy and the last film Tracy ever made; he died just weeks after finishing it. It garnered Hepburn her tenth Oscar nomination and her second win. The next year, she did Lion in Winter, The (1968), which brought her her eleventh Oscar nomination and third win. In the 70s, she turned to making made-for-TV films, with Glass Menagerie, The (1973) (TV), Love Among the Ruins (1975) (TV) and Corn Is Green, The (1979) (TV). She still continued to make an occasional appearence in feature films, such as Rooster Cogburn (1975), with John Wayne, and On Golden Pond (1981), with Henry Fonda. This last brought her her twelfth Oscar nomination and fourth win. She holds the record of being the actress with the most Oscar nominations and most Oscar wins. She made more TV-films in the 80's, and wrote her autobiography, _Me_, in 1991. Her most recent feature film was Love Affair (1994), with Warren Beatty and Annette Bening, and her last TV-film to date was One Christmas (1994) (TV). She is still very much alive, now in her 90s and retired to Connecticut, truly a living legend.



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