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Born: Katharine Houghton Hepburn
May 12, 1907
Katharine Hepburn was a versatile leading lady who was nominated for twelve Academy Awards, and winning four for Best Actress in Morning Glory (1934), Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1968), The Lion in Winter (1969) and On Golden Pond (1982). Known for her fiery personality, Hepburn was an outspoken and independent actress who pushed the boundaries from within the Hollywood studio system. Appearing in over forty feature films, four movies, for which she did not win an Oscar, are on the 1001 list, including Bringing Up Baby (1938), The Philadelphia Story (1940), Adam’s Rib (1949) and The African Queen (1951).