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Katharine Hepburn

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Katharine Hepburn

Movie Actress


Who was Katharine Hepburn?

Katharine Hepburn was an American movie and stage actress who had a total of 12 Oscar nominations for Best Actress of which she won four. In 1999 the American Film Institute named Katharine Hepburn as the greatest female star in Hollywood history.

She was born Katharine Houghton Hepburn on 12 May 1907 to Thomas Norval Hepburn, a urologist, and Katharine Martha Houghton, a feminist campaigner. In 1921 Katharine discovered the body of her brother Tom who had committed suicide by hanging himself from a beam with a bedsheet. Seven decades later in 1991, Katharine revealed in her autobiography that she had been using her brother's birthday instead of her own. It was at that time the public learned her true birthdate.

Famous Kin

In 1952 Katharine Hepburn received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her role in the movie African Queen. Ironically Katharine Hepburn and her co-star Humphrey Bogart, who won the Best Actor Oscar for his role, were 7th cousins through their common ancestor of Joseph Morgan. Other notable celebrities with kinship to Katharine Hepburn are Clint Eastwood and Bing Crosby. She is a descendant of Mayflower passenger William Brewster and has royal family connections with Princess Diana, Prince William, and Prince George. Presidential kin include Millard Fillmore and Zachary Taylor. Katharine Hepburn also has a kinship to John Hinckley Jr. who shot President Ronald Reagan.


Some of the most recently added connections of famous kin for Katharine Hepburn

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Ichabod Goodwin

27th Governor of New Hampshire

16th cousin 5 times removed
via Eleanor of Castile

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Ichabod Goodwin

27th Governor of New Hampshire

17th cousin 4 times removed
via Sir Hugh le Despencer

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Juliette Gordon Low

Founder of the Girl Scouts

15th cousin 2 times removed
via Sir John Throckmorton

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Howard Hughes

American Business Tycoon

17th cousin
via Sir John Throckmorton

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Milton Bradley

Founder, Milton Bradley Company

21st cousin
via Isabelle of Angoulême

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Milton Bradley

Founder, Milton Bradley Company

19th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir Robert de Ros

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Milton Bradley

Founder, Milton Bradley Company

18th cousin 3 times removed
via William de Odingsells

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Milton Bradley

Founder, Milton Bradley Company

20th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir James de Audley

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John Dye

TV and Movie Actor - “Touched by an Angel”

17th cousin 4 times removed
via Sir Philip le Despencer

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E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

18th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir William de Ros

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E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

18th cousin 1 time removed
via Ralph de Stafford

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E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

20th cousin 1 time removed
via William de Odingsells

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E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

18th cousin
via John de Mowbray

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E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

14th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir Robert Constable

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Theatre, TV and Movie Actress

20th cousin 1 time removed
via Henry Plantagenet

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Theatre, TV and Movie Actress

18th cousin 3 times removed
via Ralph de Stafford

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Theatre, TV and Movie Actress

20th cousin 1 time removed
via Eudo la Zouche

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Theatre, TV and Movie Actress

17th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir John Throckmorton

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Charles V

Holy Roman Emperor

8th cousin 13 times removed
via Edward I, King of England

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Charles V

Holy Roman Emperor

10th cousin 11 times removed
via Isabelle of Angoulême

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Charles V

Holy Roman Emperor

7th cousin 13 times removed
via Henry Plantagenet

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Charles V

Holy Roman Emperor

9th cousin 12 times removed
via William de Beauchamp

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Endicott Peabody

62nd Governor of Massachusetts

18th cousin 2 times removed
via Sir William de Ros

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Endicott Peabody

62nd Governor of Massachusetts

9th cousin 1 time removed
via Jonathan Brewster

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Endicott Peabody

62nd Governor of Massachusetts

17th cousin 1 time removed
via John de Mowbray

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