Feminist icon Katharine Hepburn (and for God’s sake, spell ‘Katharine’ right) began her sixty year career as a leading lady as one of the top billed stars of A Bill of Divorcement in 1932 at only 25-years-old. She’d hit a career highlight early on playing Jo in the definitive version of Little Women. She also worked with director Dorothy Arzner on the daring Christopher Strong as well.
She earned an Academy Award for her third film, Morning Glory, but would struggle through much of the mid-30s until she bought the rights to and starred in The Philadelphia Story in 1938. She moved to MGM in the 40s and made a series of films with Spencer Tracy. She would eventually win three more Oscars for Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, The Lion in Winter, and On Golden Pond. She made her final screen appearance in 1994 and passed away in 2003.
Katharine Hepburn’s Pre-Code Filmography
- A Bill of Divorcement (1932)
- Christopher Strong (1933)
- Morning Glory (1933)
- Little Women (1933)
- Spitfire (1934)
Videos of Katharine Hepburn
An episode of A&E’s “Biography” dedicated to the star:
An interview with Hepburn on “60 Minutes” from 1979:
Autobiography of Katharine Hepburn