Katharine Hepburn’s birthday: who should win four Oscars like her?
If there is a Hollywood equivalent to a cinematic President’s Day, it must be the birthday of Katharine Hepburn, born May 12, 1907. The legendary actress, who died in June 2003, was a revered Star City figure. and set a standard for every actor or actress who wants their peers to be respected. Over the course of her superb career, Hepburn has won four Academy Awards for Best Actress, and to celebrate her, Variety takes a look at 12 legendary thespians who may or may not have earned four statues in their careers.
The Connecticut-born First Lady of Cinema has shown amazing range over the course of her career and won 12 Oscar nominations, all in lead actress. While many are in the early days of the Oscars, she racked up these names between 1934 and 1982.
Her first nod and victory came with her third film, “Morning Glory” by Lowell Sherman (1933), as Eva Lovelace, the Broadway dreamer. Eight other nominations followed – âAlice Adamsâ by George Stevens (1935), âThe Philadelphia Storyâ by George Kukor (1940), âWoman of the Yearâ by Stevens (1942), âThe African Queenâ by John Huston ( 1951), “Summertime” by David Lean (1955), “The Rainmaker” by Joseph Anthony (1956), “Suddenly, Last Summer” by Joseph L. Mankiewicz (1959) and “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” by Sidney Lumet (1962).
However, his latest Academy nominations have given him three Oscar statuettes. Her second victory came from Christina Drayton in the classic Stanley Kramer comedy-drama “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” and opposite Sidney Poitier, her husband, Spencer Tracy, and her real niece Katharine Houghton. Her third victory came in the only draw in a female actor category in Oscar history. In what is considered her best performance, such as ex-Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine in Anthony Harvey’s “The Lion in Winter” (1968), she showcased all of her best techniques against Peter O’Toole and Anthony Hopkins.
The latest victory came with her portrayal of Ethel Thayer in Mark Rydell’s family drama “On Golden Pond” (1981) starring Henry Fonda and Jane Fonda. Hepburn holds two records with the win, which marked the longest gap between the first and last nomination and between the first and last victory, 48 years apart. Interestingly, Cate Blanchett is, to date, the only person to win an Oscar for playing a former winner when she played Hepburn in Martin Scorsese’s “The Aviator” (2004).
Winning an Oscar is tough, so it’s even harder to say someone should have four at this point. Looking at careers that include multiple nominations – like Meryl Streep and Denzel Washington – here are 12 fantastic actors who are set to have four Oscars.
Check out the list of 12 deserving thespians below.
- Amy adams – âJunebugâ (2005), âDoubtâ (2008), âThe Fighterâ (2010) and âArrivalâ (2016)
- Tom cruise – âBorn July 4â (1989), âJerry Maguireâ (1996), âMagnoliaâ (1999) and âCollateralâ (2004)
- Leonardo DiCaprio – “What eats Gilbert grapes?” (1993), âThe Departedâ (2006), âThe Wolf of Wall Streetâ (2013) and âThe Revenantâ (2015)
- Michelle pfeiffer – “Dangerous Liaisons” (1988), “The Fabulous Baker Boys” (1989), “Batman Returns” (1992) and “White Oleander” (2003)
- Natalie Portman – “LÃ©on” (1994), “Closer” (2004), “Black Swan” (2010) and “Jackie” (2016)