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Hollywood Memorial

Katharine Hepburn

Actress and Hollywood legend was signed by RKO Pictures for her first film, ‘A Bill of Divorcement’ in 1932. In 1934 she won her first Academy Award for best actress for her work in ‘Morning Glory.’ By 1938 she was unquestionably a star, but after a series of flops her career went into decline. This was exacerbated by her very outspoken anti-Hollywood attitudes and unwillingness to speak to the press, and she was labeled ‘box office poison.’ Kate returned to the stage in Philip Barry’s ‘The Philadelphia Story,’ a play written specifically for her. After a successful Broadway run, MGM bought the rights, and the film, teaming Kate with Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart, was one of biggest hits of 1940. Kate’s career was revived seemingly overnight. She made her first appearance with actor Spencer Tracy in 1942’s ‘Woman of the Year.’ They fell in love, despite the fact that Tracy was married, and they remained together until Tracy’s death in 1967. They made nine films together. Kate made over 40 films and 16 plays, and received 12 Academy Award nominations, a record that stood until 2002. She won four times, more than any other actor or actress in the history of the award. Some of her best known roles were ‘Bringing Up Baby,’ ‘The Philadelphia Story,’ ‘The African Queen,’ and ‘On Golden Pond.’ She died at her home in Connecticut at the age of 96, surrounded by her family, 36 years after her love partner ‘Spence.’ Buried in a family plot at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford, Connecticut.