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Date Of BirthSeptember 4, 1824
DiedJune 29, 2003, Fenwick, Connecticut, United States, July 31, 1871, Newport, Rhode Island, United States
SpouseLudlow Ogden Smith
MarkDistinctive way of speaking, with what many say is a "Bryn Mawr" accent
FactIs one of 9 actresses who have received an Academy Award nomination for portraying a real-life queen. The others in chronological order are Norma Shearer for Marie Antoinette (1938), Geneviève Bujold for Anne of the Thousand Days (1969), Vanessa Redgrave for Mary, Queen of Scots (1971), Janet Suzman for Nicholas and Alexandra (1971), Helen Mirren for The Madness of King George (1994) and The Queen (2006), Judi Dench for Mrs Brown (1997) and Shakespeare in Love (1998), Cate Blanchett for Elizabeth (1998) and Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), and Helena Bonham Carter for The King's Speech (2010).
PaymentsEarned $250,000 from Woman of the Year (1942)

Katharine Hepburn was one of the most successful actresses of her time. She was born on May 12, 1907 in Hartford, Connecticut to parents Thomas and Katharine Hepburn. She had two sisters, Marion and Margaret. Hepburn’s father was a businessman and her mother was a suffragist. Hepburn was educated at Bryn Mawr College and later studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Hepburn’s career began on stage, but she soon made the transition to film. She starred in a number of successful films including The African Queen (1951), The Nun’s Story (1959), and On Golden Pond (1981). Hepburn won four Academy Awards for Best Actress, more than any other actor or actress in history.

Hepburn was married to actor Spencer Tracy from 1942 until his death in 1967. The couple had two children, Susannah and Katharine. Hepburn died on June 29, 2003 at the age of 96.

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Full NameKatharine Hepburn
Date Of BirthSeptember 4, 1824
DiedJune 29, 2003, Fenwick, Connecticut, United States, July 31, 1871, Newport, Rhode Island, United States
Place Of BirthMount Healthy, Ohio, United States
Height1.72 m
ProfessionActor, Poet
EducationBryn Mawr College, Kingswood-Oxford School, American Academy of Dramatic Arts
NationalityAmerican, American


SpouseLudlow Ogden Smith
ParentsKatharine Martha Houghton Hepburn, Thomas Hepburn
SiblingsMargaret Hepburn, Tom Hepburn, Marion Grant, Richard Hepburn, Robert Hepburn, Alice Cary


AwardsAcademy Award for Best Actress, Kennedy Center Honors, BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Cannes Best Actress Award, New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress, Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, David di Donatello for Best Foreign Actress, People's Choice Award for Fa...
NominationsGolden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Drama, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie, Tony Award for Best Lead Actre...
MoviesThe Philadelphia Story, Woman of the Year, The African Queen, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Bringing Up Baby, Adam's Rib, On Golden Pond, Morning Glory, The Lion in Winter, Desk Set, Little Women, Stage Door, A Bill of Divorcement, Pat and Mike, Suddenly, Last Summer, Alice Adams, Summertime, Sylvia...
TV ShowsABC Theatre

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#Marks / Signs
1Her strong outspoken personality
2Her recognizable angular features
3Frequently worked with Cary Grant, 'Spencer Tracy', and George Cukor
4Distinctive way of speaking, with what many say is a "Bryn Mawr" accent
5Often wore slacks instead of dresses, decades before it became fashionable for women to do so
6Playing strong independent women with minds of their own


Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)$200,000
The African Queen (1951)$130,000 + 10% of profits
Woman of the Year (1942)$250,000
The Philadelphia Story (1940)$75,000 + $175,000 for the rights
Holiday (1938)$1,500 /week
Sylvia Scarlett (1935)$1,500 /week + $50,000
Spitfire (1934)$60,000
A Bill of Divorcement (1932)$1,500 /week


1Acting is the most minor of gifts and not a very high-class way to earn a living. After all, Shirley Temple could do it at the age of four.
2I never played with a sort of fancy accent of any kind. So, was I an actor? I don't know.
3[reflecting on her performances] I think I'm always the same.
4[speaking in 1979] We must reform. We must reform. And I don't know how we're going to reform. We're sitting looking at a lot of filth. And I'm disgusted with the movies. Disgusted. Because they're kidding themselves into saying its a sort of intellectual past time. Bunk. Its 42nd street filth. Filth being sold for too much. And now its respectable to go and see them. And the critics I think have lost their minds.
5I'm an atheist, and that's it. I believe there's nothing we can know except that we should be kind to each other and do what we can for people.
6[on Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire] She gave him sex. He gave her class.
7[on remaining childless] I had such a wonderful upbringing that I had a very high standard of how a father and mother should behave. I couldn't be that way and carry on a movie career.
8[on selecting Virginia Weidler to play her sister in The Philadelphia Story (1940)] We got lucky again with the girl-this time little Virginia Weidler, who had me in stitches. She was so terrifyingly funny I truly had a difficult time doing scenes with her. Honestly, I couldn't look at her, she was so funny.
9[Observation, 1967] I think they're beginning to think I'm not going to be around much longer. And what do you know. They'll miss me like an old monument. Like the Flatiron Building.
10If you can live for other people away from yourself you will be happy and if you live for yourself then you will not be happy and you won't be able to sleep or do anything else.
11When I tested for the movies, it was immediately a warm experience. Exciting but not scary. Why this is I do not know. I just find this medium sympathetic, friendly. It must be that there is no audience, and no critics, in the immediate situation. And the camera never talks back to you. It was fun.
12[1991] I've made forty-three pictures. Naturally I'm adorable in all of them.
13What makes you a star is horsepower.
14On art: I think most of the people involved in any art always secretly wonder whether they are really there because they're good or they're because they're lucky. If they have time to think.
15On work: Without discipline, there's no life at all.
16On personal power: As one goes through life one learns that if you don't paddle your own canoe, you don't move.
17[about her first TV interview, in 1973] I thought, can you think of any really *good* reason not to do it? Except that, oh, I'm so shy, or oh, my private life, or oh, are they going to find out how boring I am? You know? And that was the only reason *now*, in a sense, *not* to do television. Because it certainly is a method of expression, which has to be accepted as these things come along.
18Most people, I figure, have a reservoir that you walk into town with your little box of goodies, you know. And this is me, and this is what I have to offer. Then, after a while, you've *sold* all those goodies, and if you don't go away and fill up another box ... you're just repeating. Then you're just growing *old*, and then, for a you know, certain people, there's a time when you're switching from, uh, uh, you're too old to do this, and you're too young to do that, and you have to figure out: what are you? And what really interests you? You see, we're *all* creatures of habit, and we get in a rut, and we run down that rut, happy as bugs. Well, sometimes you're bloody sick of what you're doing. And you haven't got the brains to stop. You know. And you could change, change.
19Cold sober, I find myself absolutely fascinating.
20If you have fame, you never feel that you have fame, if you have the brains of a flea. Because fame is something that's over back of you. It ain't ahead.... Not ahead at all. I mean, if you've done it that's great, but "what are you going to do now?" is the *only* thing that matters.
21[on good parts] If it interests you, they don't have to pay you. It's a fascinating business anyway--it's very nice to be paid--but when you do *thrilling* material, it's like buying a piece of furniture that's really good. When you buy it, and it's great, you get *enormous* pleasure out of seeing it, and you never remember how much it cost.
22[1954 comment on Judy Holliday] My, I like Judy Holliday! She looks like a Monet model. And she's so -- so defenseless. I like defenseless people. They're the best.
23[on Peter O'Toole] He can do anything. A bit cuckoo, but sweet and terribly funny.
24[on Humphrey Bogart] He was a real man -- nothing feminine about him. He knew he was a natural aristocrat -- better than anybody.
25[on Humphrey Bogart] Bogart was like Henry Fonda -- proud and happy to be an actor.
26[on director George Cukor] He has the ability to make me trust myself.
27[pn Marlon Brando] I don't think he's a limited actor at all - I think he's a very gifted actor. Although I'm afraid he may be a limited person.
28[When Barbara Walters asked her if she owned a skirt] I have one, Ms. Walters. I'll wear it to your funeral.
29[asked what star quality is] It's either some kind of electricity or some kind of energy. I don't know what it is, but whatever it is, I've got it.
30[Describing Cary Grant] He is personality functioning.
31[1993] The lack of work destroys people.
32[1993] In some ways I've lived my life like a man, made my own decisions, etc. I've been as terrified as the next person, but you've got to keep going.
331993] I have loved and been in love. There's a big difference.
34"Isn't it fun getting older?" is really a terrible fallacy. That's like saying I prefer driving an old car with a flat tire.
35I always wanted to be a movie actress. I thought it was very romantic. And it was.
36I don't fear death, it must be like a long sleep.
37Who is Katharine Hepburn? It took me a long time to create that creature.
38Listen to the song of life.
39I'm what is known as gradually disintegrating. I don't fear the next world, or anything. I don't fear hell, and I don't look forward to heaven.
40I'm an atheist, and that's it. I believe there's nothing we can know except that we should be kind to each other and do what we can for each other.
41I welcome death. In death there are no interviews!
42I have many regrets, and I'm sure everyone does. The stupid things you do, you regret if you have any sense, and if you don't regret them, maybe you're stupid.
43I can remember walking as a child. It was not customary to say you were fatigued. It was customary to complete the goal of the expedition.
44Enemies are so stimulating.
45If you survive long enough, you're revered - rather like an old building.
46It's life isn't it? You plow ahead and make a hit. And you plow on and someone passes you. Then someone passes them. Time levels.
47If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased.
48Life can be wildly tragic at times, and I've had my share. But whatever happens to you, you have to keep a slightly comic attitude. In the final analysis, you have got not to forget to laugh.
49Life's what's important. Walking, houses, family. Birth and pain and joy. Acting's just waiting for a custard pie. That's all.
50If you want to sacrifice the admiration of many men for the criticism of one, go ahead, get married.
51Life is to be lived. If you have to support yourself, you had bloody well find some way that is going to be interesting. And you don't do that by sitting around wondering about yourself.
52I never realized until lately that women were supposed to be inferior.
53I think most of the people involved in any art always secretly wonder whether they are really there because they're good - or because they're lucky.
54Life is hard. After all, it kills you.
55Plain women know more about men than beautiful ones do.
56It's a bore - B-O-R-E - when you find you've begun to rot.
57Acting is a nice childish profession - pretending you're someone else and at the same time selling yourself.
58Only when a woman decides not to have children, can a woman live like a man. That's what I've done.
59Life is full of censorship. I can't spit in your eye.
60I remember as a child going around with "Votes For Women" balloons. I learnt early what it is to be snubbed for a good cause.
61I find a woman's point of view much grander and finer than a man's.
62With all the opportunities I had, I could have done more. And if I'd done more, I could have been quite remarkable.
63At my age, you don't get much variety - usually some old nut who's off her track.
64[on marriage] It's bloody impractical. "To love, honor, and obey". If it weren't, you wouldn't have to sign a contract.
65My father, a surgeon and urologist, studied sex professionally all his life. Before he died at 82, he told me he hadn't come to any conclusions about it at all.
66[on fashion] I wear my sort of clothes to save me the trouble of deciding which clothes to wear.
67Once a crowd chased me for an autograph. "Beat it", I said, "go sit on a tack!" "We made you", they said. "Like hell you did", I told them.
68Afraid of death? Not at all. Be a great relief. Then I wouldn't have to talk to you.
69I can't say I believe in prizes. I was a whiz in the three-legged race
  • that's something you CAN win.
70[on Hollywood] They didn't like me until I got into a leg show.
71There are no laurels in life . . . just new challenges.
72Not everyone is lucky enough to understand how delicious it is to suffer.
73I often wonder whether men and women really suit each other. Perhaps they should live next door and just visit now and then.
74Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get - only with what you are expecting to give - which is everything.
75I don't regret anything I've ever done; As long as I enjoyed it at the time.
76Wouldn't it be great if people could get to live suddenly as often as they die suddenly?
77I'm a personality as well as an actress. Show me an actress who isn't a personality, and you'll show me a woman who isn't a star.
78People have grown fond of me, like some old building.


1Of Jewish descent, she was a paternal great-granddaughter of a Jewish Christian whose name was Sewell Hepbron. Sewell Hepbron may have been a Levite, given that one of Katherine's uncles was named Charles Levin Hepburn; and he seems to have changed the name "Hebron" to "Hepbron", which Katherine's grandfather (Sewell's child) Samuel, an Episcopalian priest, changed to the Anglophonic "Hepburn".
2Is one of 9 actresses who have received an Academy Award nomination for portraying a real-life queen. The others in chronological order are Norma Shearer for Marie Antoinette (1938), Geneviève Bujold for Anne of the Thousand Days (1969), Vanessa Redgrave for Mary, Queen of Scots (1971), Janet Suzman for Nicholas and Alexandra (1971), Helen Mirren for The Madness of King George (1994) and The Queen (2006), Judi Dench for Mrs Brown (1997) and Shakespeare in Love (1998), Cate Blanchett for Elizabeth (1998) and Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), and Helena Bonham Carter for The King's Speech (2010).
3Katharine Hepburn's final screen appearance was Truman Capote's One Christmas which John Philip Dayton produced/executive produced for her - their 4th film together - her final line was, 'I can sit back in my old age and not regret a single moment, not wish to change a single thing. It's what I wish for you...a life with no regrets'.
4Her favorite actress was Bette Davis.
5Received academy awards for her first as well as her final three nominations, with 34 years between her first and second win.
6Former sister-in-law of Wells Root.
7Katharine Hepburn and Joan Fontaine both appeared in productions of The Lion in Winter (Hepburn in the 1968 film version, Fontaine in a 1979 Austrian stage production) and both passed away at the age of 96. Hepburn had appeared with Fontaine in Quality Street (1937).
8Was the 6th actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Actress Oscar for Morning Glory (1933) at The 6th Academy Awards on March 16, 1934.
9Is one of 14 Best Actress Oscar winners to have not accepted their Academy Award in person. Hepburn did not accept any of her 4 wins (for Morning Glory (1933), Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967), The Lion in Winter (1968) and On Golden Pond (1981). The others are Claudette Colbert, Judy Holliday, Joan Crawford, Vivien Leigh, Anna Magnani, Ingrid Bergman, Sophia Loren, Anne Bancroft, Patricia Neal, Elizabeth Taylor, Maggie Smith, Glenda Jackson and Ellen Burstyn.
10Release of the book, "Kate: The Woman who was Hepburn" by William J. Mann. [2006]
11Release of the book, "At Home with Kate: Growing Up in Katharine Hepburn's Household" by Eileen Considine-Meara, daughter of Norah Considine (Kate's longtime cook and housekeeper). [2007]
12Release of the book, "Kate Remembered" by A. Scott Berg. [2003]
13Hepburn's record-setting affiliation with New York's legendary Radio City Music Hall will likely never be challenged. Beginning with Christopher Strong (1933) in 1933, seventeen consecutive films of hers played in the huge theater.
14She and Walter Brennan are the only actors to win 3 Oscars on 3 consecutive nominations.
15She was always distant and independent from her family, her younger siblings referred to her as "Aunt Kat".
16Although she never committed to her marriage with Ludlow Ogden Smith, and she admitted to treating him poorly, they remained friends for the rest of their lives.
17In her book "Me: Stories of My Life", she admitted to posing for nude photos when she was in her 20s. The pictures were later lost.
18In 2010, Jason Bateman, who was in one of Hepburn's last movies, This Can't Be Love (1994), told New York Magazine that the legend only wore white Reebok high-top sneakers on and off the set. If a scene called for her to be wearing something fancier, she would wear black socks over the white sneakers.
19Desperately wanted to play the role of Alma Winemiller, which was eventually played by Geraldine Page, in Summer and Smoke (1961).
20Profiled in book "Funny Ladies" by Stephen Silverman. [1999]
21Pictured on a 44¢ USA commemorative postage stamp in the Legends of Hollywood series, issued 12 May 2010.
22According to her friend and biographer A. Scott Berg, although she said often that Alice Adams (1935) was her favorite film role, it was actually her performance as Mary Tyrone in Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962) that she regarded as her greatest achievement in film.
23Survived the Great New England Hurricane of Sept. 21, 1938 while at her summer home in the Borough of Fenwick in Old Saybrook, CT. Reportedly she was there considering a marriage proposal by Howard Hughes. The storm killed at least 682. Hepburn, her family and servants barely escaped with their lives: Soon after fleeing it on foot in the storm, her home was washed away along with her Oscar for her film Morning Glory (1933) which was later found intact. Hepburn rebuilt the home in 1939, and was locally famous for running people off "her" (public) beach in her later years.
24Turned down the role of Kitty Foyle in Kitty Foyle (1940). The part was then given to Ginger Rogers, who went on to win the Best Actress Oscar for her performance.
25The scene in which her character falls into the canal in Summertime (1955) left her with a permanent eye infection as the water was contaminated.
26Was with Spencer Tracy the night he died. According to her, he had gotten up in the middle of the night to get a glass of milk. She followed the sickly Tracy to the kitchen but before she got there she heard a glass shatter and then a loud thud. She found Tracy dead on the floor; he had suffered a massive heart attack.
27During what is argued by film historians to be the greatest year in classic American cinema, she was a rare star who did not appear in a film in 1939. Instead, she was on stage playing Tracy Lord in "The Philadelphia Story," which proved to be her comeback after being branded as box-office poison.
28Her first name is often misspelled as Katherine, it is actually spelled Katharine with a second A. She was known for correcting those who spelled it wrong.
29Aunt of sculptor Mundy Hepburn.
30Appointed Cynthia McFadden Executrix of her estate.
31According to Anthony Harvey - the director of The Lion in Winter (1968) - she kept the Oscar she received for the film in a paper bag and in a cupboard for years after he'd delivered it to her.
32Godmother of Sam Robards, son of Lauren Bacall and Jason Robards.
33Suffered from pyrophobia (fear of fire).
34Her accumulation of 12 Oscar nominations (4 wins) was accomplished over a period of 48 years. Meryl Streep had 12 nominations (2 wins) after only 21 years (with an additional 5 nominations and another Oscar by 2012). Bette Davis scored 10 nominations (2 wins) over 28 years. As of 2012, Streep holds the record for nominations, with 17.
35Was fired by the producer of Travels with My Aunt (1972) early in the filming for demanding too many script changes. Was replaced by Maggie Smith.
36Dropped out of the The Blue Bird (1976) before shooting began.
37The intersection of East 49th Street and Second Avenue in the borough of Manhattan in New York City was renamed "Katharine Hepburn Place" shortly after her passing. Hepburn lived in a brownstone (244 East 49th Street) which is close to the intersection.
38Thought very highly of the acting talents of Jeremy Irons and John Lithgow. She particularly disliked Meryl Streep, claiming she could recognize Streep's constant search for tactics during a performance. Hepburn also thought Glenn Close talented, but said openly Close's feet were too big for audiences to take her seriously as an actress.
39One of her closest friends, Canadian portrait artist Myfanwy Pavelic died on May 11, 2007, one day short of Hepburn's 100th birthday anniversary.
40Was a close friend of actor Peter O'Toole, and it is commonly believed that his daughter, Kate O'Toole, was named after her. However, 'Siân Phillips' stated in her autobiography that their daughter was named after the title character in Shakespeare's 'Taming of the Shrew', inspired by the line 'Kate, Kate, the prettiest Kate in Christendom'.
41In Italy, most of her films were dubbed by Wanda Tettoni and in the sixties by Anna Miserocchi. She was occasionally dubbed by Lidia Simoneschi, Andreina Pagnani and once by Rina Morelli in Desk Set (1957).
42Her former maid, Emma Faust Tillman, held the title of "World's Oldest Person" for only four days (January 24-28, 2007). Her four-day reign, which was certified by the Guinness World Records committee was also the shortest one on record.
43Thanked by Natalie Merchant in the liner notes of her album "Motherland".
44Despite her success at the Oscars, she never attended an Academy Awards ceremony as a nominee. Her only appearance was at the 1974 awards to present the Irving Thalberg Award to her friend Lawrence Weingarten. When she went onstage to a standing ovation, she said "I'm living proof that a person can wait forty-one years to be unselfish.".
45Godmother of Stanley Kramer's daughter Katharine. She was named after Hepburn, who was directed by Kramer in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967).
46Spoofed in the Warner Bros. animated cartoon Little Red Walking Hood (1937), in which Little Red Riding Hood speaks exactly like her.
47Three films of hers are on the American Film Institute's 100 Most Inspiring Movies of All Time. They are: The African Queen (1951) at #48, On Golden Pond (1981) at #45, and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) at #35.
48Her performance as "Susan Vance" in Bringing Up Baby (1938) is ranked #21 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
49Her performance as "Rose Sayer" in The African Queen (1951) is ranked #94 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
50Her performance as "Tracy Lord" in The Philadelphia Story (1940) is ranked #54 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
51Her performance as "Eleanor of Aquitaine" in The Lion in Winter (1968) is ranked #13 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
52Is one of only five thespians to be nominated for acting honors by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences over five decades: (1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1980s). Only Laurence Olivier (1930s-1970s), Paul Newman (1950s, 1960s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s) and Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep(1970s-2010s) have turned the trick.
53Was nominated 12 times for the Academy Award, all as Best Actress, and won four times. Jack Nicholson also has 12 nominations (8 as Best Actor and 4 Best Supporting Actor nominations) and three wins (two Best Actor trophies and one Best Supporting Actor gong). Hepburn beat out previous acting nomination record holder Bette Davis (a double winner who was nominated 10 times for an Academy Award, all of them Best Actress nods, and who had also received a write-in nomination in 1934, which was unofficial) with her 11th nod and 3rd win for The Lion in Winter (1968) (a record she extended with her 12 nomination and fourth win for On Golden Pond (1981). Hepburn herself was surpassed by Meryl Streep, with 17 nods (14 in the Best Actress category, 3 in the Best Supporting Actress category) and three wins (two in the Best Actress category and one Best supporting actress award). While it is possible that Nicholson and Streep might equal her four Oscar acting wins, it is improbable that her record of four wins in the top category will ever be surpassed.
54She is a descendant of "Eleanor of Aquitaine", whom she portrayed in The Lion in Winter (1968).
55Is in the Guinness World Records-book for "Most 'Best Actress' Oscars Won".
56Was known for being an avid golfer, tennis player, and swimmer. She was also known for taking cold showers and for riding her bicycle around Manhattan.
57Did all her own stunts because the stunt woman never stood up straight enough.
58Holds the Guiness World Record as the only movie star to win four Academy Awards, all for her leading roles in Morning Glory (1933), Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967), The Lion in Winter (1968), and On Golden Pond (1981).
59A resident for most of her life of Manhattan's row of brownstone dwellings renowned as Turtle Bay Gardens, Hepburn lived in the four-story building at 244 East 49th Street (between 2nd & 3rd Avenues). Famous neighbors over the years included, Robert Benton, Stephen Sondheim, Garson Kanin and wife Ruth Gordon.
60Did not attend Spencer Tracy's funeral out of respect to his family. Instead she went to the home of writer/director 'Richard Brooks (I)' where she watched, and wept, as he screened Tracy 's Oscar-winning performance in Captains Courageous (1937) for her. Later, Brooks and his wife 'Jean Simmons' named their only child, Kate Brooks, after Hepburn.
61She thought Melanie Griffith was a good actress, but would fade away quickly. She also saw Julia Roberts as the next big thing. But the actress she loved above all was Vanessa Redgrave. She adored every performance Ms Redgrave has ever given and would tell people that she was, "A thrill to look at and to listen to".
62Kate Bosworth has said that Hepburn was her primary inspiration for her portrayal of "Lois Lane" in Superman Returns (2006).
63One of Hollywood's early tall leading ladies, standing over 5' 7" in an era when most actresses were only a little over 5' 0".
64After marrying Ludlow Ogden Smith in 1928, she forced him to change his name to S. Ogden Ludlow. She objected to her married name being "Katharine Smith" because there was already a well-known, and very portly radio singer named 'Kate Smith'.
65She and Spencer Tracy acted together in 9 movies: Adam's Rib (1949), Desk Set (1957), Keeper of the Flame (1942), Pat and Mike (1952), The Sea of Grass (1947), State of the Union (1948), Without Love (1945), Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) and Woman of the Year (1942).
66Is one of the many movie stars mentioned in Madonna's song "Vogue"
67Became very fond of Christopher Reeve, both as an actor and as a person, when he made his Broadway debut opposite her in the 1978 production of "A Matter of Gravity". She became so fond of him that she used to tease him that she wanted him to take care of her when she retired. Ironically, his reply was "Miss Hepburn, I don't think I'll live that long".
68According to Kenneth Lloyd Billingsley's book "Hollywood Party: How Communism Seduced the American Film Industry in the 1930s and 1940s", Hepburn was a leftist in her politics in the 1940s. When the Conference of Studio Unions, headed by suspected Communist Party member Herb Sorrell, launched a strike in 1946-1947 against the studios and fought other unions for control over Hollywood's collective bargaining, she expressed support for him (Sorrell was kidnapped, beaten, and left for dead, during the strike, possibly by the Mafia, which up until the early 1940s, had controlled the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, which was contesting the CSU for jurisdiction over Hollywood unions.) At a Screen Writers Guild meeting during the CSU strike, She also made a speech which anti-communist, anti-CSU SAG activist Ronald Reagan recognized as being based word for word on a CSU strike bulletin. She ignored lover Spencer Tracy's admonition that actors should stay out of politics ("Remember who shot Lincoln"). Despite their family's wealth, her mother had been sympathetic to Marxism and the Soviet Union. On May 19, 1947, Hepburn addressed a Progressive Party rally at the Hollywood Legion Stadium with Progressive Party stalwart and later presidential candidate Henry Wallace (with a crowd that included the likes of Judy Garland, Edward G. Robinson, Lena Horne, Charles Chaplin, Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner and Danny Kaye), the former vice president of the U.S. who had been sacked from President Harry S. Truman's cabinet for being pro-Soviet. Wearing a red dress, Hepburn delivered a speech, written by Communist Party member and soon-to-be indicted Hollywood Ten member Dalton Trumbo. When another Hollywood Ten screenwriter Ring Lardner Jr., (winner of an Oscar for writing her picture Woman of the Year (1942), was jailed, she wrote a letter of support for him. Years later, in 1964, when Lardner was trying to get Tracy to star in The Cincinnati Kid (1965), he thanked Hepburn her support. She told him she didn't remember writing the letter and refused to talk about it.
69She was voted the 14th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Premiere Magazine.
70When Cate Blanchett won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for The Aviator (2004), Hepburn became the first previous Oscar winner to become an Oscar-winning movie role.
71In a letter to Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences President Gregory Peck, she claimed that sentiment for the death of her long-time lover and co-star, Spencer Tracy, had been part of the reason she won her second Oscar for Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967). She told also Peck that she modeled her award-winning characterization of "Christina Drayton" on her mother.
72Expressed great fondness for actors Harrison Ford, John Travolta, Melanie Griffith and Julia Roberts, and great disdain for Meryl Streep, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone and - in particular - Woody Allen.
73She was of mostly English, with distant Scottish, ancestry.
74In The Lion in Winter (1968) she plays the mother of Richard the Lionheart, who is played by Anthony Hopkins. Hopkins later said that Hepburn's voice was, in part, the basis for Hannibal Lecter's voice.
75Was a self-confessed fan of John Gilbert and Greta Garbo.
76She was voted the "2nd Greatest Movie Star of All Time" by Entertainment Weekly.
77Her affair with Howard Hughes was portrayed by Cate Blanchett and Leonardo DiCaprio in The Aviator (2004).
78Was a natural red head.
79She was one of the few great stars in Hollywood who made no attempt to sugarcoat her true personality for anyone, a personality that was blunt and feisty.
80On June 2004 Sotheby's auction house hosted a two-day estate sale auctioning personal belongings of the legendary actress to collectors. The 700-plus items included Hepburn's furniture, jewelry (which included the platinum, diamond and sapphire brooch from one-time lover Howard Hughes which fetched $120,000, six times its estimated price); paperwork (such as personal checks, telegrams, birth certificates, letters, film contracts, movie scripts), and nomination certificates from the Academy Awards. Among other items were casual clothes, and gowns that included her unusual wedding dress to Ludlow Ogden Smith in 1928, made of crushed white velvet with antiqued gold embroidery, which sold for $27,000. Also in the lot were house decorations drawings and paintings done by the actress herself, glamour portraits, and a glass bronze sculpture entitled "Angel on a Wave", which sold for $90,000; while a self-portrait entitled "Breakfast in Bed and a Self-Portrait in Brisbane, Australia", fetched $33,000, some 40 times the estimated price. Movie memorabilia included a ring from 1968's The Lion in Winter (1968), and Gertrude, the canoe from the film On Golden Pond (1981) which was bought for $19,200 by entertainer Wayne Newton. The most sought-after piece and the most expensive item was the bronze bust of Spencer Tracy that Hepburn created herself and that was also featured in their Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967). The audience cheered when the three-inch sculpture sold for $316,000, compared to the estimated $3,000-$5,000. The only awards won by the actress that were auctioned were her 1958 Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year, the annual Shakespeare Club of New York City award, the Fashion Desinger Lifetime Achievement, a few Box Office Blue Ribbons, her Hollywood Walk of Fame plaque and the 1990 Kennedy Center Honor. Hepburn's four Oscars were not included due to contract reasons.
81Admitted that she was menstruating while making The African Queen (1951), which resulted in giving her fellow crew members the impression that she was moody and difficult.
82Made nine films with Spencer Tracy, the first of which was Woman of the Year (1942).
83Her maternal grandfather; her father's brother, Charlie; and her older brother, Tom, all committed suicide. These tragedies were never talked about in her family. Ms. Hepburn said of her parents, "There was nothing to be done about these matters and [my parents] simply did not believe in moaning about anything."
84Was nominated for two Tony Awards: in 1970 as Best Actress (Musical), for playing the title character, Coco Chanel in "Coco," and in 1982 as Best Actress (Play), for "The West Side Waltz." She lost both times.
85Her father's name was Thomas Hepburn and her mother's name was Katharine Houghton. Each of their six children were given Mrs. Hepburn's maiden name for their middle names.
86As of 2009, "Only Tie in Oscars For Best Actress", Barbra Streisand for Funny Girl (1968) and Katharine Hepburn for The Lion in Winter (1968) in 1969.
87Meryl Streep beat her in the number of Oscar nominations, when she received her 13th Oscar nod for Adaptation. (2002). However, Hepburn still reigns as the only 4-time Oscar recipient for acting.
88On American Film Institute's list of "Top 100 U.S. Love Stories," compiled in June 2002, Hepburn led all actresses with six of her films on the list. (Actor Cary Grant, co-star with her in two of them, led the male field, also with six films on list). The duo's The Philadelphia Story (1940) was ranked #44 and their Bringing Up Baby (1938) ranked #51. Hepburn's four other movies on AFI Top "100 Love Movies list" are: - #14 The African Queen (1951) - #22 On Golden Pond (1981) - #58 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) - #74 Woman of the Year (1942)
89Turned down the role of Marilla in Anne of Green Gables (1985), but recommended her great-niece, Schuyler Grant for the role of Anne. Schuyler ended up playing Diana instead.
90Great-aunt of Schuyler Grant and Daniel Jenkins.
91Was a direct descendant of England's King John through one of his illegitimate children. Hepburn played King John's mother, Eleanor of Aquitaine, in The Lion in Winter (1968).
92Did not suffer from Parkinson's disease. She set the record straight in the 1993 TV documentary Katharine Hepburn: All About Me (1993), which she narrated herself. Quote: "Now to squash a rumor. No, I don't have Parkinson's. I inherited my shaking head from my grandfather Hepburn. I discovered that whiskey helps stop the shaking. Problem is, if you're not careful, it stops the rest of you too. My head just shakes, but I promise you, it ain't gonna fall off!".
93Admitted to using her brother's birthdate as her own for years.
94Aunt of actress Katharine Houghton, who portrayed her character's daughter in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967).
95Born at 3:47pm-EST.
96Ranked #68 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]
97Had a relationship with Spencer Tracy from 1943 until his death in 1967.
98A leading contender for Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939), she later served as Maid of Honor at Vivien Leigh's and Laurence Olivier's wedding.
99She was nearly decapitated by an aeroplane propeller when she was rushing about an airport, avoiding the press.
100Walked around the studio in her underwear in the early 1930s when the costume department stole her slacks from her dressing room. She refused to put anything else on until they were returned.
101Ranked #1 woman in the AFI's "50 Greatest Movie Legends." [June 1999]
102She never watched Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) because it was Spencer Tracy's last film.
103Was named Best Classic Actress of the 20th Century in an Entertainment Weekly on-line poll, just barely (21.5% to 20.6%) beating out runner-up Audrey Hepburn. [September 1999]
104Graduated from Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania in 1928, with a degree in history and philosophy.




One Christmas1994TV MovieCornelia Beaumont
Love Affair1994Ginny
This Can't Be Love1994TV MovieMarion Bennett
The Man Upstairs1992TV MovieVictoria Brown
Laura Lansing Slept Here1988TV MovieLaura Lansing
Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry1986TV MovieMargaret Delafield
Grace Quigley1984Grace Quigley
On Golden Pond1981Ethel Thayer
The Corn Is Green1979TV MovieMiss Lilly Moffat
Olly, Olly, Oxen Free1978Miss Pudd
Rooster Cogburn1975Eula Goodnight
Love Among the Ruins1975TV MovieJessica Medlicott
The Glass Menagerie1973TV MovieAmanda Wingfield
A Delicate Balance1973Agnes
The Trojan Women1971Hecuba
The Madwoman of Chaillot1969Countess Aurelia
The Lion in Winter1968Eleanor of Aquitaine
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner1967Christina Drayton
Long Day's Journey Into Night1962Mary Tyrone
Suddenly, Last Summer1959Mrs. Violet Venable
Desk Set1957Bunny Watson
The Rainmaker1956Lizzie Curry
The Iron Petticoat1956Captain Vinka Kovelenko
Summertime1955Jane Hudson
Pat and Mike1952Pat Pemberton
The African Queen1951Rose Sayer
Adam's Rib1949Amanda Bonner
State of the Union1948Mary Matthews (as Katherine Hepburn)
Song of Love1947Clara Wieck Schumann
The Sea of Grass1947Lutie Cameron Brewton
Undercurrent1946Ann Hamilton
Without Love1945Jamie Rowan
Dragon Seed1944Jade Tan
Stage Door Canteen1943Katharine Hepburn
Keeper of the Flame1943Christine Forrest
Woman of the Year1942Tess Harding
The Philadelphia Story1940Tracy Lord
Holiday1938Linda Seton
Bringing Up Baby1938Susan
Stage Door1937Terry Randall
Quality Street1937Phoebe Throssel
A Woman Rebels1936Pamela Thistlewaite
Mary of Scotland1936Mary Stuart
Sylvia Scarlett1935Sylvia Scarlett a.k.a. Sylvester
Alice Adams1935Alice Adams
Break of Hearts1935Constance Dane Roberti
The Little Minister1934Babbie
Spitfire1934Trigger Hicks
Little Women1933Jo
Morning Glory1933Eva Lovelace
Christopher Strong1933Lady Cynthia Darrington
A Bill of Divorcement1932Sidney


The 24th Annual Tony Awards1970TV Special performer: "Always Mademoiselle"
Desk Set1957performer: "Night and Day" - uncredited
Adam's Rib1949"Farewell, Amanda" 1949
Song of Love1947performer: "Traumerai", "Piano Concerto in A minor" excerpts - uncredited
Holiday1938performer: "Gwine to Rune All Night De Camptown Races" 1850 Uncredited
Bringing Up Baby1938performer: "I Can't Give You Anything but Love" 1928 - uncredited
Sylvia Scarlett1935performer: "HELLO! HELLO!" - uncredited
The Little Minister1934performer: "House of Argyle" - uncredited
Spitfire1934performer: "At the Cross" 1885 - uncredited
Little Women1933performer: "Abide with Me" 1861 - uncredited
A Bill of Divorcement1932performer: "Unfinished Sonata" - uncredited


Katharine Hepburn: All About Me1993TV Movie documentary


S1m0ne2002Simone wishes to thank the following for their contribution to the making of Simone


James Stewart: A Wonderful Life - Hosted by Johnny Carson1987TV MovieHerself
Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood1987TV Special documentaryHerself
The 38th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1986TV SpecialHerself - Nominee
The CBS Morning News1986TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Spencer Tracy Legacy: A Tribute by Katharine Hepburn1986TV Special documentaryHost
Clive James Meets Katharine Hepburn1985TV Special documentaryHerself
George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey1984DocumentaryHerself
Julianna: A Portrait1984Documentary shortHerself
The Barbara Walters Summer Special1981TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Mike Douglas Show1979TV SeriesHerself - Taped Tribute
The Fim Society of Lincoln Center Tribute to George Cukor1978TV MovieHerself
The 1974 Annual Entertainment Hall of Fame Awards1974TV SpecialHerself - Honoree
The 46th Annual Academy Awards1974TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Thalberg Award
The Dick Cavett Show1973TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 24th Annual Tony Awards1970TV SpecialHerself - Performer
Hollywood: The Selznick Years1969TV Movie documentaryHerself (voice, uncredited)
The 40th Annual Academy Awards1968TV SpecialHerself - reviewing Academy's first decade (pre-recorded)
The 35th Annual Academy Awards1963TV SpecialHerself
American Creed1946ShortHerself / Narrator
Women in Defense1941Documentary shortNarrator (voice)
Recordando a Katharine Hepburn2003TV MovieHerself
The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story1996DocumentaryHerself (voice, uncredited)
Legends in Light: The Photography of George Hurrell1995TV Movie documentaryHerself - Interviewee
100 Years of the Hollywood Western1994TV Movie documentaryHerself
Reflections on the Silver Screen1993TV SeriesHerself
Katharine Hepburn: All About Me1993TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Roots of Roe1993TV Movie documentaryKatharine Houghton-Hepburn (voice)
Fonda on Fonda1992TV Movie documentaryHerself (voice)
Aspekte1991TV Series documentaryHerself
The 63rd Annual Academy Awards1991TV SpecialHerself (voice, uncredited)
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1990TV SpecialHerself - Honoree
Night of 100 Stars III1990TV MovieHerself
American Masters1989TV Series documentaryHerself
Michael Jackson: The Legend Continues1989Video documentaryHerself
Great Performances1987-1988TV SeriesHerself
Hollywood the Golden Years: The RKO Story1987TV Series documentaryHerself

Archive Footage

60 Minutes1991-2016TV Series documentaryHerself - Actress / Herself
La otra sala: Clásicos2016TV Series documentary
Reel Herstory: The Real Story of Reel Women2014DocumentaryHerself - Interviewee
Entertainment Tonight2014TV SeriesHerself
Katharine Hepburn: The Great Kate2014TV Movie documentaryHerself - Interviewee
A Night at the Movies: Merry Christmas!2011TV Movie documentary
Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood2010TV Mini-Series documentaryTess Harding Christina Drayton
Embracing Chaos: Making the African Queen2010Video documentaryHerself / Rose Sayer
Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff2010DocumentaryHerself
Smash His Camera2010DocumentaryHerself
Michael Jackson2009TV Movie documentaryHerself
Cinema 32009TV SeriesCoco Chanel
American Masters2009TV Series documentaryJade Tan
Spisok korabley2008Documentary
City Confidential2007TV Series documentary
Private Screenings2005-2006TV SeriesHerself
La Marató 20052005TV SpecialHerself
Sexes2005TV SeriesAmanda Bonner
War Stories with Oliver North2005TV Series documentaryHerself
History vs. Hollywood2004TV Series documentaryHerself
The 76th Annual Academy Awards2004TV SpecialHerself (Special Memorial Tribute)
10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2004TV SpecialHerself (Memorial Tribute)
True Love2003/IVideo shortHerself
20/202003TV Series documentaryHerself - Actress (segment "Remembering Kate")
Larry King Live2003TV SeriesHerself / Various characters
Complicated Women2003TV Movie documentaryHerself (uncredited)
Sendung ohne Namen2002TV Series documentaryHerself
The Definitive Elvis: The Hollywood Years - Part I: 1956-19612002Video documentaryHerself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills: America's Most Heart-Pounding Movies2001TV Special documentaryHerself
Happy Accidents2000Jane Hudson
ABC 2000: The Millennium1999TV Special documentary
The Rat Pack1999TV Series documentaryHerself
Hollywood Greats1999TV Series documentaryHerself / Various roles
Biography1993-1999TV Series documentaryHerself / Herself - Hepburn's Mother / Sylvia Scarlett / ...
Sharon Stone - Una mujer de 100 caras1998TV Movie documentaryHerself (uncredited)
Hidden Hollywood: Treasures from the 20th Century Fox Film Vaults1997TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Good, the Bad & the Beautiful1996TV Special documentaryHerself
Bogart: The Untold Story1996TV Movie documentaryRose Sayer (uncredited)
Legends of Entertainment Video1995Video documentaryHerself
50 Years of Funny Females1995TV Movie documentaryHerself
The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies1995TV Movie documentaryHerself
100 Years at the Movies1994TV Short documentaryHerself
That's Entertainment! III1994DocumentaryPerformer in Film Clip (uncredited)
One on One: Classic Television Interviews1993TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 65th Annual Academy Awards1993TV SpecialHerself
Oscar's Greatest Moments1992Video documentaryHerself
MGM: When the Lion Roars1992TV Mini-Series documentary
The Tales of Helpmann1990DocumentaryHerself
The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind1988TV Movie documentaryActress in a film clip
Moonlighting1987TV SeriesSusan
Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter1982TV Movie documentaryActress - 'Adam's Rib' (uncredited)
Sixty Years of Seduction1981TV Movie documentary
Starring Katharine Hepburn1981TV Movie documentary
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to James Stewart1980TV Special documentaryTracy Lord (uncredited)
America at the Movies1976DocumentaryPam Thistlewaite
That's Entertainment, Part II1976DocumentaryVarious Clips
Brother Can You Spare a Dime1975DocumentaryHerself
That's Entertainment!1974DocumentaryHerself - at Banquet (uncredited)
Hollywood: The Dream Factory1972TV Movie documentaryHerself - film clips (uncredited)
The Dick Cavett Show1971TV SeriesHerself
Directed by John Ford1971DocumentaryHerself
Black History: Lost Stolen, or Strayed1968TV Movie documentaryHerself / Mrs. Drayton (uncredited)
The Big Parade of Comedy1964DocumentaryTracy Lord
Hollywood: The Great Stars1963TV Movie documentaryJane Hudson (uncredited)
MGM Parade1955TV SeriesTracy Lord
The Costume Designer1950Short
The Schumann Story1950ShortClara Wieck Schumann
Some of the Best: Twenty-Five Years of Motion Picture Leadership1949Documentary shortHerself (uncredited)
Twenty Years After1944Short
Some of the Best1943DocumentaryTracy Lord in The Philadelphia Story (uncredited)
The Miracle of Sound1940Documentary shortHerself
Cavalcade of the Academy Awards1940Documentary short


Won Awards

1989Lifetime Achievement Award in ComedyAmerican Comedy Awards, USA
1984Special Prize of the JuryMontréal World Film FestivalGrace Quigley (1984)
1983BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActressOn Golden Pond (1981)
1983People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Motion Picture ActressTied with Jane Fonda
1982OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Leading RoleOn Golden Pond (1981)
1982MarqueeAmerican Movie AwardsBest ActressOn Golden Pond (1981)
1981Golden AppleGolden Apple AwardsFemale Star of the Year
1980Life Achievement AwardScreen Actors Guild Awards
1976People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Motion Picture Actress
1975Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Special Program - Drama or ComedyLove Among the Ruins (1975)
1975Golden AppleGolden Apple AwardsFemale Star of the Year

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1972KCFCC AwardKansas City Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActressThe Trojan Women (1971)
1971Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsStar, Female
1970Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsFemale Dramatic PerformanceThe Lion in Winter (1968)
1970Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsFemale Star
1969OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Leading RoleThe Lion in Winter (1968)
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 6284 Hollywood Blvd.
1958Woman of the YearHasty Pudding Theatricals, USA
1940NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActressThe Philadelphia Story (1940)
1934OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Leading RoleMorning Glory (1933)
1934Golden MedalVenice Film FestivalBest ActressLittle Women (1933)

Nominated Awards

1995ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a TV Movie or MiniseriesOne Christmas (1994)
1994CableACECableACE AwardsEntertainment/Cultural Documentary or Informational SpecialKatharine Hepburn: All About Me (1993)
1994CableACECableACE AwardsInformational or Documentary HostKatharine Hepburn: All About Me (1993)
1993Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TVThe Man Upstairs (1992)
1993Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Informational SpecialKatharine Hepburn: All About Me (1993)
1986Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Informational SpecialThe Spencer Tracy Legacy: A Tribute by Katharine Hepburn (1986)
1986Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a SpecialMrs. Delafield Wants to Marry (1986)
1982Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Motion Picture Actress - DramaOn Golden Pond (1981)
1979Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a SpecialThe Corn Is Green (1979)
1977People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Motion Picture Actress
1975People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Motion Picture Actress
1974Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Lead Actress in a DramaThe Glass Menagerie (1973)
1969Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Motion Picture Actress - DramaThe Lion in Winter (1968)
1960OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Leading RoleSuddenly, Last Summer (1959)
1960Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Motion Picture Actress - DramaSuddenly, Last Summer (1959)
1960Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Female Dramatic PerformanceSuddenly, Last Summer (1959)
1958BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Foreign ActressThe Rainmaker (1956)
1957OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Leading RoleThe Rainmaker (1956)
1957Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Motion Picture Actress - DramaThe Rainmaker (1956)
1956OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Leading RoleSummertime (1955)
1956BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Foreign ActressSummertime (1955)
1953Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Motion Picture Actress - Musical/ComedyPat and Mike (1952)
1953BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Foreign ActressThe African Queen (1951)
1952OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Leading RoleThe African Queen (1951)
1943OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Leading RoleWoman of the Year (1942)
1941OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Leading RoleThe Philadelphia Story (1940)
1936OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Leading RoleAlice Adams (1935)

2nd Place Awards

1955NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActressSummertime (1955)
1952NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActressThe African Queen (1951)
1937NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActressStage Door (1937)
1936NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActressAlice Adams (1935)

3rd Place Awards

1942NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActressWoman of the Year (1942)
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