Short Bio on Katharine Hepburn
Katharine Hepburn, born Katharine Houghton Hepburn, on May 12, 1907 in Harford, Connecticut was the daughter of a doctor and a suffragette. Her parents taught her to speak her mind, develop it fully and exercise her body to its full potential. She also had a brother, Tom, in which she was very close to, but sadly at the age of 14, they found him dead, the apparent result of an accidental hanging while he was practicing a hanging trick their father had taught them. After his death, Katharine used his birth date, November 8, as her own. She was mainly schooled at home because of the shyness she attained around girls her age. She attended Bryn Mawr College where she decided to become an actress. After graduating she began to get small roles in the plays on Broadway and many different places as well.
In 1931, she was in her first small film named “Art and Mrs. Bottle.” Then, in 1932 she finally broke into stardom when she took the lead role of an Amazon princess in “A Warrior’s Husband,” following that, she was a cast member in “A Bill of Divorcement.” This film was a hit and after agreeing to her salary demands, RKO signed Katharine to a contract, and with that, she went on to make five films between 1932 and 1934. Her third movie was Morning Glory, in 1933; she won her first Academy Award. Also in 1933, she made her fourth film, Little Women; it was the most successful picture of its day.
However, stories were beginning to leak out of her nasty behavior off screen and refusing to play the Hollywood Game, Katharine always wore slacks and no makeup she never posed for any pictures or involved herself in any interviews.
She made many more films over the years up until 1994 where she did her last feature film, which was “Love Affair” and her last TV film “One Christmas.” As her health declined she retired from the public life in the mid 90’s. Sadly she passed at the age of 96, from natural causes, in her home in Old Saybrook, Connecticut.