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Katherine Hepburn was born on May 12, 1907 in Hartford, Connecticut. She was raised in a very wealthy family, as her father was a medical doctor. Since her mother believed in suffrage, she raised Katherine to be outspoken and to fully develop her mind. She was also taught to stretch her abilities to their limits. She was one of two children and when she was fourteen years of age, her brother died accidentally when he was practicing a hanging trick that their father had taught him. She was devastated by his death and she was the one who found his dead body. Because she withdrew into herself, she was home schooled.

She went to college at Bryn Mawr in Pennsylvania. All this young woman wanted was to be famous. She didn’t have a desire to act or to learn the craft. But while at Bryn Mawr, Miss Hepburn changed her mind and went into acting.

In 1928, she made her professional debut on stage in Baltimore, Maryland. This was also the same year she married Ludlow Ogden Smith. Their marriage last until April 30, 1933, the day their divorce became final.

In the 1930’s, Miss Hepburn was not a box office draw so she turned her efforts to the theatre since she was unable to get any acting jobs.

In 1942, she made the movie "Woman of the Year" starring opposite actor Spencer Tracy. This was the first of ten movies they made together and this was also the beginning of their love affair which last twenty-five years. Spencer Tracy never divorced his wife but later on did move in with Miss Hepburn. They were together until Mr. Tracy’s death.

In the 1950’s, she made her Broadway debut in Shakespearean plays. She didn’t let anything stop her from working.

Miss Hepburn has made over fifty films in made for television movies and on the big screen. She also did a two-year stretch from 1976 to 1978 in the play "Matter of Gravity" and has starred in other plays throughout her acting career. She has always been cast in strong female roles. Her presence on the screen has always been an animated personality. She has had many leading men who also play strong leads. She never outshone her co-stars.

She has written two books "The Making of the African Queen" and "Me" both of which were published in 1991. Both books hit the best seller list.

As of 1997, Miss Hepburn has suffered a complete loss of her short-term memory. She is frail and has withdrawn from the world around her. She sits in front of the window in her home looking out into the world. She resides in Fenwick, Connecticut.