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May 12, 2023

Katharine Hepburn’s Graduation Photos, 1928

Katharine Hepburn (May 12, 1907 – June 29, 2003) was an American actress whose career as a Hollywood leading lady spanned over six decades. She was known for her headstrong independence, spirited personality, and outspokenness, cultivating a screen persona that matched this public image, and regularly playing strong-willed, sophisticated women. Her work was in a range of genres, from screwball comedy to literary drama, and earned her various accolades, including four Academy Awards for Best Actress—a record for any performer. In 1999, Hepburn was named the greatest female star of classic Hollywood cinema by the American Film Institute.

Katharine displayed an independent spirit from an early age, augmented by abundant encouragement from both parents and a privileged upbringing. As a young girl she attended demonstrations with her mother, who was active in the movements for women’s suffrage and the right to obtain easy access to birth control, among others.

After attending the Oxford School in West Hartford, Hepburn enrolled in Bryn Mawr College, her mother’s alma mater. She graduated with a degree in history and philosophy in 1928. It was at college that she got seriously involved in acting for the first time, as she appeared in the school’s stage production of The Woman in the Moon in her senior year. Below are some beautiful vintage photos of a young Katharine Hepburn in 1928:


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