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Hepburn earned raves (and an Oscar) for her portrayal of a struggling Broadway actress in MORNING GLORY. Fresh off the train from her smalltown, armed with a letter from George Bernard Shaw, Eva Lovelace ("I added the 'Lace'") storms the office of Broadway impresario Louis Easton (Adolph Menjou), determined on making her mark on the New York stage. But success will only come after months of living on the edge of poverty, and even then, perhaps only ever be a fleeting "morning glory"...

"The Calla Lillies are in bloom again..." Hepburn uttered those immortal words in STAGE DOOR. Playing a role not terribly far away from "Morning Glory"'s Eva Lovelace, Hepburn is Terry Randall, an actress who also needs to stake her claim on Broadway - but without the influence of her wealthy family. Bunking in at a theatrical boarding house (crammed with the likes of Eve Arden, Lucille Ball, Ann Miller, Gail Patrick and Ginger Rogers), Terry's climb to the top will also trigger the descent of another stage-struck wannabe...

The 1933 RKO production of LITTLE WOMEN is still considered the all-time definitive screen version of Louisa May Alcott's literary favourite. Hepburn relished the chance to play tomboyish Jo March in all her gangly glory. Hers is one of the great heroines, with a fine supporting cast (Frances Dee, Edna May Oliver, Joan Bennett, Paul Lukas and Jean Parker--heartbreaking as Beth). Savour the delicious parlour pantomime "The Witch's Curse", and the ornate Civil War-era costumes.

Hepburn returned to the top of her form in THE PHILADELPHIA STORY, first on the Broadway stage and again on film in 1942. Playwright Philip Barry reputedly based this frothy romantic comedy on the real Hepburn clan. Playing Long Island heiress Tracy Lord, Hepburn is squashed between three would-be love interests, including a newspaper photographer (Jimmy Stewart) and an ex-husband (Cary Grant).

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