It seems hard to believe that it has been over a hundred years since Katharine Hepburn was born in Hartford, Connecticut, USA. Partly because it has only been a handful of years since she has died (on the 29th of June 2003, aged 96), but mostly due to her unforgetable and ahead of her time screen performances.
This determined and driven feminist actress’ acclaimed career spanned seven decades. Seven decades in which her accurate portrayals of modern, independent career women in such movies as ‘Adam’s Rib’ (1949) made her a role model for women everywhere (a position she still holds, even by today’s standards).
Even though Katharine’s career started out as a great success with movies like ‘A Bill of Divorcement’ (1932) and ‘Morning Glory’ (her first Academy-awarded performance, in 1934), she soon had to stuggle with the label of ‘box-office poison’ following a string of unsuccessful movies in the late 1930s.
With ‘The Phildelphia Story’ (1940), however, Kate’s career bounced back to stardom and, soon after, with ‘Woman of the Year’ (1942), her long-lasting relationship (both on and off the screen) with Spencer Tracy started. The couple co-starred in a total of nine movies and their partnership only ended with Tracy’s death in 1967. A true survivor, Katharine’s movie, theatre and television career was extended to the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s.
"I don't regret anything I've ever done” Kate once said “As long as I enjoyed it at the time.".