Actress Katherine Hepburn

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on December 19, 2004

Where is the late Oscar winner Katharine Hepburn buried?
—Chris W., Arizona

Hepburn, who died last year at age 96, specified in her will that she be cremated and her ashes interred in her family plot at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford, Conn. She was interred during a private, invitation-only service in the "very plain, Yankee" family plot, says Irene McHugh, the cemetery's education and marketing associate. The cemetery, which contains the graves of tycoon J.P. Morgan, poet Wallace Stevens and other notables, provides regular tours. Known for playing smart, independent women, Hepburn bought the rights to a comedy about a spoiled heiress and took it to the New York stage. The 1940 film version of that play was The Philadelphia Story, co-starring James Stewart and Cary Grant. The four-time Oscar winner was married briefly to Ludlow Ogden Smith, but the love of her life was actor Spencer Tracy, with whom she made nine films, including Guess Who's Coming to Dinner and Adam's Rib. Her 1991 autobiography, Me, was a bestseller. She also cooperated with biographer A. Scott Berg on Kate Remembered, which was published 13 days after her death.