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This is the section for all our "FUN" Katharine Hepburn information - please enjoy!


Did You Know?


… that Katharine Hepburn has been awarded with four Best Actress Oscars, which is more than any other performer has received in the history of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She received those awards for her performances in On Golden Pond, The Lion in Winter, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner and Morning Glory. (An interesting fact - three of those Oscars were for performances made after she was sixty years old.)

... that Katharine Hepburn and Barbara Streisand each received a Best Actress Oscar in 1968 due to a very rare tie. Barbara Streisand for her work in Funny Girl and Katharine Hepburn for her performance in The Lion in Winter. To learn more visit our Tribute to Barbra Streisand and our Tribute to Funny Girl.

… that The Philadelphia Story started out as a Broadway play written with Katharine Hepburn in mind for the lead. Katharine Hepburn was feuding with Hollywood executives and had fled to New York for a much needed respite. She and playwright Philip Barry each put up half of the money to produce the play. The Broadway production was a huge success and led to Katharine's professional acting comeback. When Hollywood wanted to buy the movie rights they had to buy them from Katherine Hepburn and as part of the deal she retained co-star and director approval and received a percentage of the movie's profits. To learn more visit our Tribute to The Philadelphia Story.

… that Katharine Hepburn had a twenty-five year on-screen and off-screen relationship with actor Spencer Tracy. Their personal chemistry was evident in each of the nine movies they would make together but none so much as Spencer's final film, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. So can also see them light up the screen in Adam's Rib, Desk Set, Keeper of the Flame, Pat and Mike, The Sea of Grass, State of the Union, Without Love and Woman of the Year (pictured here.)

... that the movie pairing and real life romance of Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy put them on the list of most famous couples. Here's an extraordinary chance to see and hear Katharine Hepburn talk about her great love.




... Here's a trivia twister. Which actress won an Academy Award for playing an Academy Award winning actress? (Cate Blanchett as Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator).

.. that Katharine Hepburn was a graduate of Bryn Mawr College. Today she is honored and remembered with the Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center.

… that Katharine Hepburn has written two books, a 1991 autobiography called Me: The Stories of My Life and a 1987 account of her time making The African Queen called "The Making of The African Queen of How I Went to Africa with Bogart, Bacall and Huston and Almost Lost My Mind." For those interested in this story, Clint Eastwood made a movie that is a semiifictionalized account of this event called White Hunter, Black Heart.

... Katharine Hepburn lived far from the glare of Hollywood in a beautiful estate in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. Today the townspeople are fund raising to turn the old town hall into the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center. Here is an artists drawing of "The Kate" as it is going to be known. There is a unique way for fans of Katherine Hepburn to be involved. Click here this to find out how you can become a "Founding Fan".

... that Katharine Hepburn was an avid golfer. Here you can read about the time Howard Hughes landed his plane on the golf course to pursue her It's a great story. As Ms. Hepburn put it "He was sort of the top of the available men and I of the women. And we both had a wild desire to be famous."

... that after years of prickly relations with the press Katharine Hepburn sat down for a two day interview in 1973 with Dick Cavett. She begins by rearranging the furniture.




On Location


Hollywood Walk of Fame Star
In the early 1960's, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce developed the idea of the "Hollywood Walk of Fame." The sidewalks of the most famous streets in the heart of Hollywood were lined with "stars" recognizing celebrities' life-long contributions to the entertainment industry. Receiving a star is still to this day considered a huge honor. Here's where you can find Katharine Hepburn's star:

Walk of Fame Star
(Motion Pictures)

6284 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA






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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner


Queen Eleanor ( The Lion in Winter ):

"I made poor Louis take me on crusade. How's that for blasphemy? I dressed my maids as Amazons and rode bare-breasted halfway to Damascus. Louis had a seizure and I damn near died of windburn, but the troops were dazzled."




Katharine made a single movie with fellow motion picture legend John Wayne, what was it?

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