Though they share a last name, which pair of Oscar winners are not related?
The first person to reject an Oscar was screenwriter Dudley Nichols, who won for Best Screenplay for the 1935 film, ‘The Informer’. Set during the Irish War Of Independence and adapted from the novel of the same name by Liam O’Flaherty, the film was a heavy favourite at the Oscars that year. John Ford would go on to win Best Director with Nichols winning Best Screenplay.
Though the Hepburn surname has roots in Scotland and England, there’s no family connection between the two Hollywood icons who share the same last name. The misconception that these iconic actresses are somehow related has persisted ever since the 1950s. Katharine Hepburn was the daughter of two wealthy Connecticut Americans, whereas Audrey Hepburn was the daughter of Dutch nobility. Both women left their marks on film history and each are listed in the American Film Institute’s greatest screen legends: Katherine at # 1 and Audrey at # 3. And though they’re not related, they’re the only Best Actress winners to share a last name.