Studio publicity photograph, c. 1941
|Born||Katharine Houghton Hepburn
May 12, 1907
Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
|Died||June 29, 2003
Fenwick, Connecticut, U.S.
|Alma mater||Bryn Mawr College|
|Spouse(s)||Ludlow Ogden Smith
(m. 1928; div. 1934)
(1941â€“67; his death)
|Relatives||See Houghton family|
Dressing up is a bore. At a certain age, you decorate yourself to attract the opposite sex, and at a certain age, I did that. But I'm past that age.
Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get – only with what you are expecting to give – which is everything.
I think most of the people involved in any art always secretly wonder whether they are really there because they're good or there because they're lucky.
If you want to give up the admiration of thousands of men for the distain of one, go ahead, get married.
We are taught you must blame your father, your sisters, your brothers, the school, the teachers – but never blame yourself. It's never your fault. But it's always your fault, because if you wanted to change you're the one who has got to change.
Life is to be lived. If you have to support yourself, you had bloody well better find some way that is going to be interesting. And you don't do that by sitting around.
It's a business you go into because you're an egocentric. It's a very embarrassing profession.
I have many regrets, and I'm sure everyone does. The stupid things you do, you regret… if you have any sense, and if you don't regret them, maybe you're stupid.
Sometimes I wonder if men and women really suit each other. Perhaps they should live next door and just visit now and then.
My greatest strength is common sense. I'm really a standard brand – like Campbell's tomato soup or Baker's chocolate.
When I started out, I didn't have any desire to be an actress or to learn how to act. I just wanted to be famous.
I never realized until lately that women were supposed to be the inferior sex.
The average Hollywood film star's ambition is to be admired by an American, courted by an Italian, married to an Englishman and have a French boyfriend.
Only the really plain people know about love – the very fascinating ones try so hard to create an impression that they soon exhaust their talents.
Acting is the most minor of gifts. After all, Shirley Temple could do it when she was four.
It would be a terrific innovation if you could get your mind to stretch a little further than the next wisecrack.
Acting is a nice childish profession – pretending you're someone else and, at the same time, selling yourself.
Marriage is a series of desperate arguments people feel passionately about.
To keep your character intact you cannot stoop to filthy acts. It makes it easier to stoop the next time.
It's life isn't it? You plow ahead and make a hit. And you plow on and someone passes you. Then someone passes them. Time levels.
Why slap them on the wrist with feather when you can belt them over the head with a sledgehammer.
If you want to sacrifice the admiration of many men for the criticism of one, go ahead, get married.
Being a housewife and a mother is the biggest job in the world, but if it doesn't interest you, don't do it – I would have made a terrible mother.