Katharine Hepburn“I’m a personality as well as an actress,” Katharine Hepburn used to say. Her tomboyish, brash attitude drove Hollywood biggies crazy. But with the spate of hits that she delivered with Spencer Tracy — Bringing Up Baby, Adam’s Rib, Pat and Mike, Desk Set — she became a hit actress. Her most successful film though was Little Women.
The anti-communist hysteria in 1940s Hollywood prompted her to political activity, and she made a speech against censorship in May 1947 that shocked the public. Targeted by right-wing activists as a supposed communist sympathizer, she was mentioned at the hearings of the House Un-American Activities Committee. She insisted that the claims made about her were untrue. She was an outspoken supporter of birth control and abortion rights.