Katharine Houghton Hepburn became famous as an actress who received a record number of Oscars - 4 times she was recognized as the best actress in the nomination for Best Actress. There were twelve nominations in total, which is also an indicator of Catherine's professionalism. 5 BAFTA nominations (2 wins), 8 Golden Globe nominations, 6 Emmy nominations (1 win), 51 film roles and the American Film Institute's Best Actress in Hollywood History - it's hard to believe. that it's all about one person.
Katharine Hepburn was born in Hartford, USA on May 12, 1907. His father worked as a urologist in a local hospital, and his mother was an ardent feminist (her husband probably had a hard time). Parents loved their daughter, and in every possible way supported Katherine in all her endeavors. At the age of 12, Hepburn began performing in amateur performances, and at the age of 21 she performed on Broadway. She was a very successful actress and her performances have always been popular.
In 1932, Hepburn first appeared on the screen in the film "The Divorce Bill." Her acting was decent, but not phenomenal. Katherine brought humor, grace and beauty to cinema, creating her own distinctive style. However, in 1938 she decided to end her film career because of the failure of the film "Raising Baby", critics called Catherine "the poisoner of success." For two years she rejected all the proposed roles, but then changed her mind and, fortunately for her fans, starred for another 54 years.
It is noteworthy that the famous actress claimed the role of Scarlett O'Hara in the novel "Gone with the Wind", but her candidacy was rejected. Catherine returned to the cinema in a very extravagant way. On stage she played in the comedy play "The Philadelphia Story", but instead of a fee she demanded the right to film the play. And in 1940, Hepburn appeared on the screens in the title role of "The Philadelphia Story", for which she was nominated for an Oscar - a good way to return, isn't it?
Soon she met a man with whom she was later linked by nine paintings and a twenty-seven-year romance - Spencer Tracy. Unfortunately for her, the actor was married. And from 1962 to 1967, she took a long break in her career, as she was caring for a seriously ill lover. In 1967, they starred together for the last time in Stanley Kramer's Guess Who's Coming to Dinner ?, and after his death, Hepburn returned to Broadway and to the movies.
In 1997, the city garden near the actress's house in Manhattan was named after her. It consists of twelve steps, symbolizing Katherine's twelve Oscar nominations, each step embellished with a quote from her.
- Nondescript women know more about men than beautiful women. But beautiful women don't need to know anything about men.
- Observing all the rules, you miss all the pleasures.
- The audience, if you only allow it, will play half of the role for you.
- I do not care what they write about me, as long as it is not true.
- Awards mean nothing to me. My reward is my work.
- In a sense, rebellious, seeking natures find their job the easiest. And life itself is given harder. I don’t think that anybody’s work is really ruining. It seems to me that it is the lack of work that kills people to a much greater extent. Bad habits disfigure a person.
- There is no higher calling than being a housewife and a mother; but if it is not to your heart, do not take it. I would probably be a terrible mother. A child who would not have obeyed me at least once, I would have killed on the spot.
- Enemies are a great stimulant.
- Acting is the least of human talents and not the most worthy way to make a living.
- At an age as such, I do not see anything romantic. Either you are interesting at any age, or you are not. There is nothing particularly interesting about being old, or about being young.
“If you live long enough, you will become an object of veneration, about the same as an old building.
- Love has nothing to do with what you expect to receive, but solely with what you hope to give. You can get anything in return. But it has nothing to do with what you give.
Hepburn died at the age of 96 (June 29, 2003) due to a malignant tumor, the operation was not performed due to age. The whole world was experiencing the death of the great actress. George W. Bush, after the death of Catherine, issued a statement: (quote) "Hepburn will go down in history as one of the artistic treasures of the nation." In honor of the memory of the great actress and her great contribution to the theatrical life of the country, the lights of Broadway were extinguished on the evening of July 1, 2003. The next year after her death, Hepburn's things, at her request, were put up for auction, which raised $ 5.8 million.
Films that brought Katharine Hepburn Oscars: "Early Glory (1934)", "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" (1968) ", " Lion in winter (1969) ", " On the golden lake (1982) "