Katharine Hepburn Oscars
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Katharine Houghton Hepburn (May 12, 1907 â€“ June 29,
Throughout her six-decade career, Hepburn co-starred with
screen legends including Cary Grant (Bringing Up Baby,
Holiday, The Philadelphia Story), Humphrey Bogart (The
African Queen), John Wayne (Rooster Cogburn), Laurence
Olivier (Love Among the Ruins) and Henry Fonda (On
Golden Pond). Her most successful pairing was with Spencer
Tracy, with whom she made a string of hit pictures, starting
with 1942's Woman of the Year. The last of their nine films
together was Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967), which
was completed shortly before Tracy's death.
Hepburn holds the record for the most Best Actress Oscar
wins with four out of 12 nominations. She won an Emmy
Award in 1976 for her lead role in Love Among the Ruins,
and was nominated for four other Emmys, two Tony Awards
and eight Golden Globes. In 1999, she was ranked by the
American Film Institute as the greatest female star in the
history of American cinema.
Katharine Hepburn's Oscar statuettes are on public display
in Washington, D.C., at the Smithsonian's National Portrait
Gallery, up on the third floor as part of the exhibition
"Twentieth-Century Americans," right next to Hepburn's
1982 portrait by Everett Raymond Kinstler. The Oscars will
remain on view there indefinitely.
The statuettes can be seen in the photo above, from left: "Guess Who's
Coming to Dinner" (1967), "On Golden Pond" (1981), "The Lion in
Winter" (1968) and "Morning Glory" (1933).