Funniest Role: Tracy Lords in The Philadelphia Story (1940)
Memorable Quote: "Life is hard. After all, it kills you."
After Hepburn was labeled "Box Office Poison," despite critics rave reviews of her comedies like Bringing Up Baby, she bought herself out of her studio contract and returned to theater. There, she perfected the role of Tracy Lords in The Philadelphia Story, an aggressive socialite and regained Hollywood's attention. She sold the rights of the play to MGM with the condition she starred in the screwball comedy. She mastered her comedic timing and slapstick moves. Her theory was if she could fall on her face enough, the audience would feel bad and like her again.