Shop by the Stars aisle featuring Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003) vintage movie cards, still photos, ephemera, and other collectibles.
Hartford, CT born screen legend cut her acting teeth at Bryn Mawr College, graduated in 1928, and made it to Broadway before the year was out. In 1932, a Hollywood scout saw her in The Warrior's Husband on Broadway, and Hepburn was shortly under contract to RKO playing opposite John Barrymore in A Bill of Divorcement (1932). This launched a Hollywood career that despite the occasional slump ("Box Office Poison!") included four Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role—the most Oscar victories for acting—for Hepburn's work in Morning Glory (1933), Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967), The Lion in Winter (1968), and On Golden Pond (1981). Hepburn was nominated for Best Actress on another eight occasions throughout her career for her performances in Alice Adams (1935), The Philadelphia Story (1940), Woman of the Year (1942), The African Queen (1951), Summertime (1955), The Rainmaker (1956), Suddenly, Last Summer (1959), and Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962). Hepburn had a longstanding relationship with Spencer Tracy, both on and off-screen, a partnership leading to nine films together, including a few already named plus titles such as Adam's Rib (1949), Pat and Mike (1952), and Desk Set (1957). After a lengthy absence on Broadway, Hepburn returned in the musical Coco in 1969, and made additional Broadway forays in the mid-1970s, and early '80. She came to television in The Glass Menagerie (1973), and appeared in TV movies from time to time until her final appearance in One Christmas (1994). Despite this piece seeming like one long list of movies, additional classic titles featuring Katharine Hepburn that have nothing to do with the Oscars or Spencer Tracy include my own favorite Hepburn lead in Little Women (1933), plus others like Stage Door (1937), Bringing Up Baby (1938), Holiday (1938), and long after those Rooster Cogburn (1975) opposite John Wayne.
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