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1907: The actress with the most Oscars for Best Actress

1907: The actress with the most Oscars for Best Actress

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  • Historical event
  • 12 May 1907
  • Her career in Hollywood lasted for an incredible 60 years. She won Oscars for Best Actress in as many as 4 films. Her cooperation with actor Spencer Tracy, with whom she appeared in nine films (for example, Adam's Rib from 1949) is well known.

Katharine Hepburn – actress who till today holds the absolute record with four Academy Awards for Best Actress (Meryl Streep and Ingrid Bergman follow with three Oscars, of which only two for Best Actress), was born on this day in 1907 in Connecticut. 

Her parents were people of progressive views for that time. Her father was a doctor who fought against the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and mother was a socially engaged feminist. 

During childhood, Katharine behaved like boys. She had short boyish hair and liked to be called Jimmy. She started acting only during her studies, and only because performing in plays was a prerequisite for good grades. 

But, she eventually began performing regularly, and after university began acting professionally. 

She caught the attention of Hollywood and got a place in the film industry. Her career in Hollywood lasted for an incredible 60 years.

She won Oscars for Best Actress in as many as 4 films (Morning Glory, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, The Lion in Winter and On Golden Pond).

 From her love affairs, the famous ones were the ones with the airman and billionaire Howard Hughes (who wanted to marry her) and the famous actor Spencer Tracy, with whom she performed in as many as nine films (such as Adam’s Rib from 1949).

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