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Katharine Hepburn's Acting Credentials: Awards and Highlights of Storied Career

By    |   Wednesday, 06 May 2015 04:34 PM

Katharine Hepburn's 12 Oscar-nominated roles, which included four wins, all came as a lead actress. However, her awards success extended far beyond the honors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Here's a look at the actress' storied career at the awards podium:

Academy Awards

With her four Best Actress wins, Hepburn holds the record for winning the most Oscars of any performer in Hollywood history, Gold Derby says. Her first Oscar came in 1934 for her role as Eva Lovelace in "Morning Glory," and 34 years and nine Best Actress nominations later, she finally won her second for playing Christina Drayton in "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner."

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In 1969, Hepburn became the first performer in history to win a third acting Oscar with her role as Eleanor of Aquitaine in "The Lion in Winter." According to the Internet Movie Database, Hepburn became only the third performer in history to win back-to-back Oscars. Hepburn's win for "The Lion in Winter" was also unique in that she tied for the Oscar with Barbra Streisand, who was honored for "Funny Girl."

Hepburn's final Oscar nomination and win came in 1982 for her role as Ethel Thayer (opposite Henry Fonda) in the classic drama "On Golden Pond."

The performer's Best Actress nominations came for "Alice Adams" (1935); "The Philadelphia Story" (1940); "Woman of the Year" (1942); "The African Queen" (1951); "Summertime" (1955); "The Rainmaker" (1956); "Suddenly Last Summer" (1959); and "Long Day's Journey Into Night" (1962).

Golden Globes

As successful as Hepburn at the Oscars, she was shut out at the Golden Globes, which are handed out the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

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According to IMDb, Hepburn was nominated for eight Golden Globes (six times for Lead Actress – Drama, one time for Lead Actress – Comedy, and one time for Lead Actress in a Motion Picture or Mini-Series Made for TV), but lost each time.

Screen Actors Guild Awards

Hepburn received the most prestigious Screen Actors Guild honor – the Life Achievement Award — in 1977. After that, she was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries in 1995 for "One Christmas."

Primetime Emmy Awards

While Hepburn spent most of her career on the big screen, she occasionally did television work and was often recognized for it. She was nominated for four Primetime Emmy Awards for acting and two for producing two television specials.

Hepburn's only Emmy win came in 1975 for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Special Program for the ABC production "Love Among the Ruins."

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