Katharine Hepburn


May 12, 1907 – June 29, 2003

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a star brighter than Katharine Hepburn. The actress’s career spanned more than 6 decades. She racked up 12 Oscar nominations for Best Actress (winning 4 – a record.)  She worked with everyone from Cary Grant to Humphrey Bogart and Jimmy Stewart…and outshone all of them. She was versed in theatre, film, televison and, in later years, continued to challenge herself by taking on difficult Shakespeare roles.  She is perhaps best known – to my generation, at least – for playing opposite Henry Fonda in his final role in 1981’s On Golden Pond.

Hepburn was very publicly involved with actor Spencer Tracy for many years. Though the two never married – Tracy, in fact, remained married to his estranged wife throughout the relationship – theirs became one of the grandest of Hollywood love stories.  After Tracy’s death in 1967, Katharine refused to attend his funeral out of respect for his family. It was years later before she even spoke in public about the relationship.

She was strong, outspoken and highly spirited for 96 years.  She died on June 29, 2003 after several years of  deteriorating health. She insisted there be no memorial service after she died.  There wasn’t one. But I’m sure she doesn’t mind the occasional visit.


Cedar Hill Cemetery – Hartford, CT


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Specific Location

There is a family marker (Hepburn) in a small clump of trees on the West edge of Section 10 in the center of the park; Katharine is buried just two rows in front of that family stone.


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