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Women in History of Scots Descent
Katherine Hepburn


Katherine HepburnKatharine Hepburn was born in 1907 in Hartford, Connecticut. Her father was a doctor and the family was very well off financially.  Dr. Hepburn was a direct descendent of James Hepburn 4th Earl of Boswell. Her mother was years ahead of her time and campaigned for such causes as family planning.

In 1928 Kate married businessman Ludlow Ogden Smith. They divorced April 30, 1933.

Kate made her professional debut in the play "The Czarina" in 1928 in Baltimore. "A Bill of Divorcement" (1932) was her first film. She won an Academy Award for her third film "Morning Glory"(1933). She would go on to win four Best Actress Awards. In addition to "Morning Glory", she won for "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"(1967), "The Lion in Winter"(1968), and "On Golden Pond"(1981).

Miss Hepburn was branded box office poison in the late thirties. She brought her talents to Broadway in "The Philadelphia Story" which was written specially for her by Philip Barry. The play was such a hit that Hollywood again came beckoning. The film was an even bigger hit than the play and once again Kate was back on top.

In 1943 Miss Hepburn co starred with Spencer Tracy for the first time in "Woman of the Year". They went on to co-star in 9 movies and have a life long relationship even though Spencer never divorced his wife. Her movies with Spencer Tracy were, on the whole, much better than those she appeared in without him.

"The African Queen" (1951) with Humphrey Bogart was the highlight of Kate's career in the 1950s as her film appearances were becoming fewer and fewer. "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" and "The Lion in Winter" was her two outstanding films of the 1960's.

"On Golden Pond" (1981) paired Kate with Henry and Jane Fonda. It was a success. In 1994 Kate appeared in "Love Affair" with Warren Beatty. It was her last appearance in film and it is doubtful she will appear on screen again. According to her family she no longer has any memory and spends much of her time in bed.

In addition to appearing on film, TV, and Broadway, Miss Katharine Hepburn is a best selling author. She has written "The Making of the African Queen" and "Me" (1991).

Miss Hepburn currently spends her days looking out the window of her Fenwick mansion in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. Her family says she is frail, suffering from short term memory loss, and withdrawn.


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