Birth Name: Katharine Houghton Hepburn
Date of Birth: May 12, 1907
Place of Birth: Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
Date of Death: June 29, 2003
Place of Death: Fenwick, Connecticut, U.S.
Ethnicity: English, distant Scottish and Welsh
Katharine Hepburn was an American actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress four times, for Morning Glory (1933), Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967), The Lion in Winter (1968), and On Golden Pond (1981), the most acting Oscar wins in history. For her Oscar for The Lion in Winter, she tied with Barbra Streisand for Funny Girl.
She was the daughter of Katharine/Katherine Martha (Houghton) and Thomas Horval/Norval Hepburn. Her mother was a feminist social reformer and a leader of the U.S. suffrage movement. Katharine’s romantic partner for much of her life, and until his death, was actor Spencer Tracy.
Her niece (sister’s daughter) is actress and playwright Katharine Houghton. Katharine is married to actor and musician Ken Jenkins.
Katharine’s paternal grandfather was The Rev. Samuel Sewell Stevely/Stavely Hepburn, Jr. (the son of Samuel Sewell Stevely/Stavely Hepburn/Hepbron and Martha Priscilla Maslin). Katharine’s grandfather The Rev. Samuel was born in Missouri. Katharine’s great-grandfather Samuel was the son of John Hepburn/Hepbron and Mary Redgrave Stevely/Stavely. Martha was the daughter of Thomas Maslin and Elizabeth Wroth.
Katharine’s paternal grandmother was Selina/Selena Lloyd “Nina” Powell (the daughter of Charles Levin/Leven Powell and Selina Lloyd). Katharine’s grandmother Selina was born in Virginia. Charles was the son of Cuthbert Powell and Catherine Simms. Selina was the daughter of John Lloyd and Rebecca Janney.
Katharine’s maternal grandfather was Alfred Augustus Houghton (the son of Amory Bigelow Houghton and Sophronia Mann Oakes). Alfred was born in Massachusetts. Amory founded the Union Glass Company, and the Corning Glass Works (now Corning Inc.), one of the world’s biggest glassmakers. He was the son of Rufus Houghton and Abigail Barnard/Bernard. Sophronia was the daughter of Josiah/Uriah Oakes and Charlotte Richardson/Floyd.
Katharine’s maternal grandmother was Caroline “Carrie” Garlinghouse (the daughter of Leman Benton Garlinghouse and Martha Ann Spaulding/Spalding). Caroline was born in New York. Leman was the son of Joseph Garlinghouse and Submit Sheldon. Martha was the daughter of Erastus Lyman Spalding and Janet/Jennet/Jennett Mack.
Katharine was a first cousin, once removed, of businessperson, politician, and diplomat Alanson B. Houghton, who was U.S. Ambassador to Germany, from 1922 to 1925, and U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom, from 1925 to 1929. Alanson’s son, Amory Houghton, was the U.S. Ambassador to France, from 1957 to 1961, and national president of the Boy Scouts of America. Alanson’s grandson, Amory’s son Amo Houghton, is a Republican politician and congressperson.