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Best Katharine Hepburn Performance
Little Women
Bringing Up Baby
The Philadelphia Story
Woman of the Year
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Long Day's Journey into Night
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    Considered as one of the greatest actresses of all time, Katharine Hepburn holds the record for most acting Oscar wins with 4. But what do you guys think is her best performance? I personally think her best is The Lion in Winter with The Philadelphia Story and Bringing Up Baby after it. Reply if your personal choice isn’t in the poll.

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    Summertime is my favorite performance of hers, with The Philadelphia Story as a close runner-up.

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    Her turn in Bringing Up Baby is an immortal masterclass in how to deliver lines in a hysterically funny fashion at breakneck speed while simultaneously doing physical comedy like nobody’s business and somehow through it all making your character fully and touchingly human instead of a caricature.

    She was great in everything though – a thoroughly inventive actor who brought the dullest of scripts to life, and was unstoppable when the script was good, as was obviously the case with BUB.

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    Well for some reason it wasn’t letting me vote for LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT so I just opted for THE LION IN WINTER.

    Those two are my favorites along with ALICE ADAMS.

    “The art of making art is putting it together...”

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    I love her, her films are so much fun to watch, and she was a real MOVIE STAR, but I doubt many thespians think of her as “the greatest actress of all time.” As Dorothy Parker famously said of her: “Miss Hepburn ran the whole gamut of emotions—from A to B.”

    I went with The Lion on Winter, but was so tempted to go with The Philadelphia Story. (The first time I recall seeing Anthony Hopkins was when he played her son, Richard the Lionheart, in 1968’s TLIW.)

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    Kate ate The Lion In Winter up and left no crumbs.

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    Favorite movie of hers is Bringing up baby but I consider Lion in winter her best performance.

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    Her Lion in Winter performance is just one of my favorite performances from anyone, point blank. But some of her other performances I’m obsessed with are Bringing Up Baby, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, and Summertime.

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    The Lion in Winter

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    I tried to vote for Long Day’s Journey into Night.

    I enjoyed her turn in Suddenly Last Summer and I think that she should have gone Supporting.

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    I love her in Stage Door. Both Ginger Roger’s and Hepburn were Oscar worthy in that film.

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    I love her, her films are so much fun to watch, and she was a real MOVIE STAR, but I doubt many thespians think of her as “the greatest actress of all time.” As Dorothy Parker famously said of her: “Miss Hepburn ran the whole gamut of emotions—from A to B.”

    Greta Garbo, Lauren Bacall and Marlene Dietrich are, fairly or not, generally considered to be great movie stars (with a limited register but a truckload of charisma) rather than great actors, but Katharine Hepburn is definitely thought of as a great actor by her peers. She had more Oscars by her fireplace than anyone else to this day, and when you Google greatest actresses of all time, her name will be a constant.

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    Greta Garbo, Lauren Bacall and Marlene Dietrich are, fairly or not, generally considered to be great movie stars (with a limited register but a truckload of charisma) rather than great actors, but Katharine Hepburn is definitely thought of as a great actor by her peers. She had more Oscars by her fireside than anyone else to this day, and when you Google greatest actresses of all time, her name will be a constant.

    That’s true but I think most people agree that she doesn’t have much range.

    “Hepburn is one of the most celebrated American actresses, but she has also been criticized for a lack of versatility. Her on-screen persona closely matched her own real personality, something Hepburn admitted herself. In 1991 she told a journalist, “I think I’m always the same. I had a very definite personality, and I liked material that showed that personality.” Playwright and author David Macaray has said, “Picture Katharine Hepburn in every movie she ever starred in, and ask yourself if she’s not playing, essentially, the same part over and over ….Icon or no icon, let’s not confuse a truly fascinating and unique woman with a superior actress.” Another repeated criticism is that her demeanor was too cold.” – Courtesy her Wikipedia page.

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    “The Lion in Winter”

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