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Katharine Hepburn on TV: How Her Star Power Went Beyond the Big Screen

By    |   Wednesday, 06 May 2015 04:59 PM

Katharine Hepburn is undoubtedly one of the biggest stars to ever grace the big screen, but she also occasionally showcased her talents on TV.

Here's a look at some of her projects on the small screen:

"The Glass Menagerie" (1973)


Hepburn's television debut didn't come until 41 years into her storied acting career, when she starred in the TV movie based on the Tennessee Williams play "The Glass Menagerie." Hepburn earned his first Primetime Emmy Award nomination for her portrayal of fading Southern belle Amanda Wingfield, but came up short in her bid for the statuette.

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The TV movie did earn supporting honors, however, for Hepburn's co-stars Michael Moriarty and Joanna Miles.

"Love Among the Ruins" (1975)

Hepburn followed up "The Glass Menagerie" with not with another feature film, but a return to the small screen with "Love Among the Ruins." A mix of drama, comedy and romance, the movie about an aging star reunited Hepburn with George Cukor, who directed the actress' debut film "A Bill of Divorcement" in 1932.

Like "The Glass Menagerie," Primetime Emmy voters were drawn to "Love Among the Ruins." The Internet Movie Database says it was honored with six Emmys, including Outstanding Lead Actress in a Special Program — Comedy or Drama, for Hepburn (her first and only Emmy win). Cukor was also honored with a directing Emmy, and Hepburn's co-star Laurence Olivier, won in the lead actor category.

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"One Christmas" (1994)


"One Christmas" is a special project for Hepburn in that it was not only her last TV movie, but last screen performance in her career. Based on Truman Capote's autobiographical short story, "One Christmas" stars Hepburn as Cornelia Beaumont, a New Orleans socialite in a story about a young boy who is sent to Louisiana to meet his estranged father.

The film earned Hepburn a nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries at the first-ever Screen Actors Guild Awards.

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