"Kate" and "First Lady of Cinema"
Died in 2003, at age 96
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