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Woman of the Year Details


Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn costarred for the first time in the delectable romantic comedy Katharine Hepburn. Tracy plays New York sportswriter Sam Craig, who becomes incensed at comments about the uselessness of sports made by foreign correspondent Tess Harding (Hepburn). Sam and Tess subsequently use their respective columns to carry on a feud-at least, until they finally meet face to face. After Sam takes Tess to her first baseball game (one of the funniest scenes ever committed to celluloid), the two fall in love. Once married, however, their happiness is threatened by their wildly divergent lifestyles (Sam hadn't intended to spend his honeymoon helping to hide a prominent European refugee from the authorities, nor is Tess prepared for her husband's rowdy sports-oriented pals). When Tess is voted "Woman of the Year", a jealous Sam walks out on her. She endeavors to win him back by cooking him breakfast-with disastrous results. Despite their oil-and-water relationship, Sam and Tess are made for each other, and they're back together for the final fadeout. A hands-down winner at the box office, Katharine Hepburn earned a "best original screenplay" Oscar for Ring Lardner Jr. and Michael Kanin. Nominated for an award was director George Stevens, an RKO contractee brought to MGM at Hepburn's insistence. And need we remind you at this late date of the subsequent lifelong romance between stars Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn? ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Katharine Hepburn Best Actress 1942 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Michael Kanin Best Original Screenplay 1942 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ring Lardner, Jr. Best Original Screenplay 1942 Winner


Spencer Tracy
as Sam Craig
Katharine Hepburn
as Tess Harding
Fay Bainter
as Ellen Whitcomb
Reginald Owen
as Clayton
William Bendix
as Pinkie Peters
Gladys Blake
as Flo Peters
Minor Watson
as William Harding
Roscoe Karns
as Phil Whittaker
William Tannen
as Ellis
Ben Lessy
as Punchy
Gerald Mohr
as Radio Emcee
Connie Gilchrist
Ray Teal
as Reporter
Winifred Harris
as Chairlady
Edith Evanson
as Alma
Michael Visaroff
as Guest
Sara Haden
as Matron at orphanage
Edward McWade
as Adolph
Duke York
as Football player
Grant Withers
as Guest
Cyril Ring
as Harding's chauffeur
Ludwig Stossel
as Dr. Martin Lubbeck
George Kezas
as Chris
Jimmy Conlin
as Reporter
Henry Roquemore
as Justice of the Peace


George Stevens
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Ring Lardner, Jr.
Michael Kanin
Joseph Ruttenberg
Franz Waxman
Composer (Music Score)
Randall Duell
Art Director
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Edwin B. Willis
Set Designer
Costume Designer
Douglas Shearer
Sound/Sound Designer
Jack Dawn