History Meme- 2/6 Women: Katharine Hepburn
Katharine Hepburn’s career as as leading lady spanned more than 60 years. Her work came in a range of genres, from crazy comedies to literary drama, and she received four Academy Awards for Best Actress, a record for any performer. Hepburn shunned Hollywood publicity, and refused to conform to society’s expectations of women. She was outspoken, assertive, athletic, and wore trousers before it was fashionable for women to do so. She openly promoted birth control and supported abortion and was vocal about not believing in religion or the afterlife. For this she was awarded the Humanist Arts Award in 1985. She was included in the book Women Who Changed The World, which honors 50 women who helped shape world history and culture. She is also named in Encyclopedia Britannica list of “300 Women Who Changed the World”, Ladies Home Journal’s book 100 Most Important Women of the 20th century, Variety magazine’s “100 Icons of the Century”,and she is number 84 on VH1’s list of the “200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons of All Time”. In 1999, the American Film Institute named Hepburn the “greatest America screen legend” among females.
Katharine Hepburn on the set of “Suddenly, Last Summer” (1959)
Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn in Without Love (1945)
“While i was having problems with my second marriage, she was always there for me,” Lauren recalled. “When i gave birth to Sam, my last child, I wanted her to be the godmother. She said, ‘Why on earth me? I don’t even like children.’ She always put on this act of not caring, but she cared deeply about everyone. The day i came home from the hospital with my son, the doorbell rang and it was Katie, standing in the hallway with a bouquet of flowers in her hand.”
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Katharine Houghton Hepburn → May 12, 1907
Happy Birthday Katharine Houghton Hepburn | May 12, 1907 - June 29, 2003
She ain’t got much meat on her… but what there’s is choice.
- Spencer Tracy
HAPPY BIRTHDAY KATHARINE HEPBURN | May 12, 1907 - June 29, 2003
With me, it’s up every day at five. Big breakfast. I get it myself. Fruit, eggs, bacon, chicken livers, toast, marmalade, coffee. On a tray. Carry it back to bed. Lovely the silence of the early hours. Do all my studying and thinking as I eat and drink. The sun rises. You seldom see it. But light comes. Misty. Slowly clearing. Light rains. Heavenly climate for a freckled skin. Then a cold bath or shower. A bike ride if I’m read early—before the car gets there. Go to work around seven.
Katharine Hepburn is one of the most stimulating women I know. She’s unfeminine in that she scorns gossip, backbiting and logrolling. She has an intelligent curiosity about everything. She spits out her opinions no matter how unpopular they may be. She makes no professional or social concessions. She’s a gal I’d like to have on my side in a jam.
Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart on the set of The African Queen
Katharine Hepburn in “A Woman Rebels”, 1936.
Katharine Hepburn photographed by Ernest Bachrach, 1933
Katharine Hepburn in “State of the Union”, 1948.
Katharine Hepburn, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., and Marlene Dietrich attending a private screening at the home of Paramount executive Jesse L. Lasky, 1933