Katharine Hepburn is often cited as one of the best Hollywood actresses of all time. She was well known for her fiercely independent personality which can clearly be seen on screen. Her vast career spanned more than six decades and she received the Oscar for Best Actress four times.
She appeared in many different genres, however, she is perhaps best remembered for her roles in screwball comedies during the 1930s. She starred alongside Cary Grant in Bringing Up Baby. Hepburn plays a headstrong young woman who owns a pet leopard. Grant is a nervous dinosaur scientist whose life is turned upside down by her presence. She was so impressive in this film that the news publication Daily Mail named her the “Queen of Hollywood”.
Hepburn was also capable of more dramatic roles. She was praised for Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, a social drama about parents coming to terms with their daughter’s interracial relationship. She also starred alongside John Wayne in Rooster Cogburn, the sequel to the western hit, True Grit. As she advanced in age, Hepburn constantly challenged herself by taking on theater roles. Towards the end of her life, she also shifted to television.