Katherine Houghton Hepburn was born on this day, May 12, 1907 in Hartford, Connecticut.
A student of history and philosophy at Bryn Mawr, she received her degree in 1928, the same year she made her debut on Broadway.
The four-time Oscar winning actress starred in numerous films like Morning Glory (1933), Little Women (1933), Alice Adams (1935), Bringing Up Baby (1938), The Philadelphia Story (1940), Adam's Rib (1949), Pat and Mike (1952), and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) which also starred the love of her life, Spencer Tracy.
Married once from 1928 to 1934 to Ludlow Ogden Smith (with whom she remained friendly with for the rest of her life), it was her relationship with Spencer Tracy that acquired her the role as one half of the most famous celebrity pairings of all time. Although they never married and continued to keep separate residences throughout their 26 year relationship, Ms. Hepburn took a 5 year hiatus from her acting career to take care of her ailing love, till his death in 1967.
She had an unconventional approach to the accepted fashion of the times and preferred to eschew make-up and embrace menswear and pantsuits, high-waisted pants, oversized sweaters and loafers, almost single-handedly (with the a little help from fellow actresses Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich) breaking down the fashion barriers for women at the time. An avid golfer, swimmer and tennis player, her penchant for athletics came through in her sporty, classic American look.
Katherine Hepburn passed away on June 29, 2003 in Fenwick, Old Saybrook, Connecticut and was laid to rest in Hartford, Connecticut.