| Hepburn, Katharine (1909- ), American actor, winner of four Academy Awards for best actress, noted for her unique combination of patrician beauty and spunky earthiness. Born in Hartford, Connecticut, she was educated at Bryn Mawr College. She scored a notable success on Broadway in 1932 in The Warrior's Husband; other stage roles included those in The Philadelphia Story (1939), As You Like It (1950), and The West Side Waltz (1981). She also starred in the motion-picture version of The Philadelphia Story (1940), as well as in the films A Bill of Divorcement (1932), Morning Glory (1933), for which she received her first Academy Award, Little Women (1933), Alice Adams (1935), Sylvia Scarlett (1935), Stage Door (1937), Holiday (1938), Bringing Up Baby (1938), Woman of the Year (1942), State of the Union (1948), Adam's Rib (1949), The African Queen (1951), Summertime (1955), Long Day's Journey into Night (1962), Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967), for which she won her second Academy Award, and The Lion in Winter (1968), for which she shared an Academy Award with American actor Barbra Streisand. Later films include The Trojan Women (1972), Rooster Cogburn (1975), and On Golden Pond (1981), for which she won her fourth Academy Award. Hepburn's autobiography, Me: Stories of My Life, was published in 1991 and became a bestseller.|
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