Died at age 96 in 2003
Raised in Connecticut by wealthy parents, Hepburn began to act while studying four years in the theatre. Her early years in the film industry were marked with success, including an Academy Award for her third picture, "Morning Glory" (1933). This was followed by a series of commercial failures which led her to be labeled "box office poison". Hepburn masterminded her own comeback, acquiring the film rights to "The Philadelphia Story", which she sold on the condition that she be the star. In the 1940s she was contracted to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, where her career focused on an alliance with Spencer Tracy. Hepburn famously shunned the Hollywood publicity machine, 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 married once, as a young woman, but thereafter lived independently. With her unconventional lifestyle and the independent characters she brought to the screen, Hepburn came to epitomize the "modern woman" in 20th century America and is remembered as an important cultural figure.
Enjoy photos and movies from her younger acting days from 1925 to 1942
"The Most Beautiful Woman In Film"
"Baby" or "The Platinum Blonde"
1940s movie star
"The Love Goddess"
The Profane Angel, The Hoosier Tornado
1950s movie star
"LuLu" or "Brooksie"
Attila the Nun, Saint Loretta
1940s iconic actress
The "It" Girl
"Billie" or "Cranberry"
1940s beautiful actress
"The British Open"
Queen of Hollywood, The Perfect Wife
Baby Gladys, The Glad Girl
The Queen of Scream
"The Peek-a-boo Girl"
Hot Toddy, The Ice Cream Blonde
1920s film comedienne and philanthropist
"The Fifth Warner Brother," or "The First Lady of Film"
"The First Lady of American Cinema"
"Hollywood's Number One party girl"
"The Pin-Up Girl" or "The Girl With the Million Dollar Legs"
"The Siren of Swindon" or "Hurricane in Mink"
"Baby" or "The Look"
"Kate" and "First Lady of Cinema"
1930s movie star
"Queen of the B's"
"The 'Ping' Girl"
The "Oomph" Girl
"The Hungarian Rhapsody"
1930s sexy wisecracker
"The Beautiful One" or "Dottie"
1930s winsome blonde
The First Lady of MGM, Queen Norma
1930s B-movie starlet
"The Cameo Girl" or "Rusty"
Queen of Ra-Ta-Taps
1930s comic cutie
1930s fashion star
1930s pale-eyed blonde
1930s actress, novelist, and early aviator
Queen of Warner Brothers
1930s "nice girl" actress
1920s silent film actress