Katharine Hepburn - Famous Actor

Katharine Hepburn Net Worth


Katharine Hepburn’s net worth equalled to $30 million at the time of her death (after adjusting for inflation), following her enormously successful Hollywood career, which spanned over 50 years.

As one of the most famous Hollywood stars of all time, Katharine Hepburn was an iconic actress of both the screen and the stage who was nominated for twelve Academy Awards; ultimately winning a record of four and starring in numerous box-office hits, including ‘Bringing Up Baby,’ ‘The Philadelphia Story,’ ‘The African Queen,’ ‘Suddenly, Last Summer,’ and ‘The Lion in Winter.’

Key facts:

  • Katharine Hepburn was a famous American actress and one of the greatest stars of Hollywood's Golden Age, known for her iconic roles in films such as 'Bringing Up Baby,' 'The African Queen,' and 'The Lion in Winter.'
  • Despite experiencing a series of commercial flops early in her career, Hepburn persevered and won a record four Academy Awards out of twelve nominations.
  • Before becoming an actress, Hepburn attended Bryn Mawr College, where she earned strong praise for her performances in school stage productions.
  • Hepburn's 7.17 acre waterfront Connecticut estate was estimated to be worth $20 million at the time of her death, with a 1.5-acre portion later selling for $11.5 million.
  • Her spirited upbringing encouraged her and her siblings to think independently, engage in debate, and exercise their bodies through physical activities such as golf.

Basic Information About Katharine Hepburn

CategoryCelebrities β€Ί Actors
Net worth$30,000,000
Date of birth1907-05-12
Place of birthHartford
Date of death2003-06-29 (aged 96)
NationalityUnited States of America
Curiosities and TrademarksPlaying strong independent women with minds of their own
Often wore slacks instead of dresses, decades before it became fashionable for women to do so
Distinctive way of speaking, with what many say is a "Bryn Mawr" accent
Frequently worked with Cary Grant, Spencer Tracy, and George Cukor
Her recognizable angular features
Her strong outspoken personality
Spouse12 December - Ludlow Ogden Smith (Β 1928 - 18 SeptemberΒ 1941)Β (divorced)
Height5 ft 7 in (1.715 m)
Social Mediaβ†—οΈŽ Wikipedia β†—οΈŽ IMDb

What Movie Awards did Katharine Hepburn win?


Golden Globe

Golder Raspberry


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Katharine Hepburn awards

Award Name State Movie / Series Name Year
Oscar - Best Actress in a Leading RoleWinnerThe Lion in Winter1969
Golden Laurel - Female Dramatic PerformanceWinnerThe Lion in Winter1970
David - Best Foreign Actress (Migliore Attrice Straniera)WinnerBonnie and Clyde1968
Oscar - Best Actress in a Leading RoleWinnerGuess Who's Coming to Dinner1968
Oscar - Best Actress in a Leading RoleWinnerFunny Girl1969
BAFTA Film Award - Best ActressWinnerOn Golden Pond1983

Katharine Hepburn roles

Movie / Series Role
The Lion in WinterEleanor of Aquitaine
Guess Who's Coming to DinnerChristina Drayton
On Golden PondEthel Thayer
Rooster CogburnEula
The Dick Cavett ShowSelf - Guest 4 episodes, 1971-1973

Katharine Hepburn's Movie/Shows Salary

Movie / Series Salary
A Bill of DivorcementΒ (1932)$1,500 /week
Morning GloryΒ (1933)$2 .500 / week
SpitfireΒ (1934)$60,000
Sylvia ScarlettΒ (1935)$1,500 /week + $50,000
HolidayΒ (1938)$1,500 /week
The Philadelphia StoryΒ (1940)$75,000 + $175,000 for the rights
Woman of the YearΒ (1942)$250,000
The African QueenΒ (1951)$130,000 + 10% of profits
Guess Who's Coming to DinnerΒ (1967)$200,000
Rooster CogburnΒ (1975)$250 .000
The Man UpstairsΒ (1992)$200 .000

Katharine Hepburn's Quotes

  • People have grown fond of me, like some old building.
  • I'm a personality as well as an actress. Show me an actress who isn't a personality, and you'll show me a woman who isn't a star.
  • Wouldn't it be great if people could get to live suddenly as often as they die suddenly?
  • I don't regret anything I've ever done; As long as I enjoyed it at the time.
  • Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get - only with what you are expecting to give - which is everything.

Katharine Hepburn's photos

Interesting Facts about Katharine Hepburn

  1. Graduated from Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania in 1928, with a degree in history and philosophy.
  2. Was named Best Classic Actress of the 20th Century in an Entertainment Weekly on-line poll, just barely (21.5% to 20.6%) beating out runner-up Audrey Hepburn. [September 1999]
  3. She never watched Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) because it was Spencer Tracy's last film.
  4. Ranked #1 woman in the AFI's "50 Greatest Movie Legends." [June 1999]
  5. Walked around the studio in her underwear in the early 1930s when the costume department stole her slacks from her dressing room. She refused to put anything else on until they were returned.
  6. She was nearly decapitated by an aeroplane propeller when she was rushing about an airport, avoiding the press.
  7. A leading contender for Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939), she later served as Maid of Honor at Vivien Leigh's and Laurence Olivier's wedding.
  8. Had a relationship with Spencer Tracy from 1943 until his death in 1967.
  9. Ranked #68 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]
  10. Born at 3:47pm-EST.
  11. Aunt of actress Katharine Houghton, who portrayed her character's daughter in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967).
  12. Admitted to using her brother's birthdate as her own for years.
  13. Did not suffer from Parkinson's disease. She set the record straight in the 1993 TV documentary Katharine Hepburn: All About Me (1993), which she narrated herself. Quote: "Now to squash a rumor. No, I don't have Parkinson's. I inherited my shaking head from my grandfather Hepburn. I discovered that whiskey helps stop the shaking. Problem is, if you're not careful, it stops the rest of you too. My head just shakes, but I promise you, it ain't gonna fall off!".
  14. Was a direct descendant of England's King John through one of his illegitimate children. Hepburn played King John's mother, Eleanor of Aquitaine, in The Lion in Winter (1968).
  15. Great-aunt of Schuyler Grant and Daniel Jenkins.
  16. Turned down the role of Marilla in Anne of Green Gables (1985), but recommended her great-niece, Schuyler Grant for the role of Anne. Schuyler ended up playing Diana instead.
  17. On American Film Institute's list of "Top 100 U.S. Love Stories," compiled in June 2002, Hepburn led all actresses with six of her films on the list. (Actor Cary Grant, co-star with her in two of them, led the male field, also with six films on list). The duo's The Philadelphia Story (1940) was ranked #44 and their Bringing Up Baby (1938) ranked #51. Hepburn's four other movies on AFI Top "100 Love Movies list" are: - #14 The African Queen (1951) - #22 On Golden Pond (1981) - #58 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) - #74 Woman of the Year (1942)
  18. Meryl Streep beat her in the number of Oscar nominations, when she received her 13th Oscar nod for Adaptation. (2002). However, Hepburn still reigns as the only 4-time Oscar recipient for acting.
  19. As of 2021, "Only Tie in Oscars For Best Actress", Barbra Streisand for Funny Girl (1968) and Katharine Hepburn for The Lion in Winter (1968) in 1969.
  20. Her father's name was Thomas Hepburn and her mother's name was Katharine Houghton. Each of their six children were given Mrs. Hepburn's maiden name for their middle names.

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  • Source URL: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:DrandMrsThomasNHepburn.jpg
  • Original Source: Image can be found in the book I Know Where I'm Going: Katharine Hepburn, a Personal Biography, Charlotte Chandler (2010), Applause. Image found online here.
  • Author: Unknown (possibly Dr. Thomas N. Hepburn)
  • Date taken: 1921
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  • Source URL: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Katharine_Hepburn_yearbook_photo.jpg
  • Original Source: Image taken directly from an online scan of the yearbook, page 105 [1]
  • Author: Bryn Mawr College (work for hire)
  • Date taken: 1928
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  • Source URL: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Katharine_Hepburn_in_The_Warriors_Husband.jpg
  • Original Source: [5] (direct image link)
  • Author: Unknown, but it was almost certainly a work for hire for the production company. An image from the same photoshoot (this one) is reproduced on p. 228 of The Films of Katharine Hepburn (1990, Homer Dickens) without any author credit or copyright notice.
  • Date taken: March 1932 (the play opened in this month)
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  • Source URL: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Abillofdivorcement.jpg
  • Original Source: [5] (direct link to image)
  • Author: RKO Radio Pictures (work for hire)
  • Date taken: 1932
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  • Source URL: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Katharine_hepburn_little_women.jpg
  • Original Source: [3] (direct link to image).
  • Author: RKO Radio Pictures (work for hire)
  • Date taken: 1933
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  • Source URL: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Hepburn_mary_of_scotland.jpg
  • Original Source: [7] (direct link to full image.)
  • Author: RKO Radio Pictures (work for hire)
  • Date taken: 1936
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  • Source URL: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bringing_up_baby_film_still.jpg
  • Original Source: [11]
  • Author: RKO Radio Pictures (work for hire)
  • Date taken: 1938
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  • Source URL: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Hepburn-FC-Stage-1939.jpg
  • Original Source: Self scan from Stage magazine from March 15, 1939, Volume 16, Number 6 (front cover)
  • Author: Stage Publishing Company, Inc., photograph by Vandamm
  • Date taken: 15 March 1939
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  • Source URL: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Hepburn_Stewart_Philadelphia_Story.jpg
  • Original Source: [6]. This is definitely a publicity still and not a screenshot as the exact image never appears in the film, and the quality is too high (see two screenshots from the film's trailer here and here for comparison).
  • Author: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio (work for hire)
  • Date taken: 1940
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  • Source URL: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Tracy_Hepburn_Adams_Rib.jpg
  • Original Source: Screenshot taken from the trailer provided on the DVD. The trailer can be viewed here.
  • Author: Trailer created by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
  • Date taken: 1949

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