Richard Houghton Hepburn

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Richard Houghton Hepburn

Birthplace: Hartford, CT, United States
Death: October 18, 2000 (89)
Old Saybrook, Middlesex County, Connecticut, United States (heart problems)
Place of Burial: Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Dr. Thomas Hepburn and Katharine Martha Houghton Hepburn
Ex-husband of Private and Estelle Gilda Hepburn
Father of Private User
Brother of Dr. Robert Houghton Hepburn; Margaret Houghton Perry; Marion Hepburn Grant; Thomas Houghton Hepburn and Katharine Hepburn

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About Richard Houghton Hepburn

He was born on September 8, 1911, the third child of Katharine Martha Houghton Hepburn and Dr. Thomas Norval Hepburn, MD. He was the younger brother of actress and four time academy award winner, Katharine Hepburn. He married Estelle Morrison in October 25, 1954. They had 4 children:Mundy Morrison Hepburn, Tor Morrison Hepburn, Kuy Morrison Hepburn and Aile Morrison Hepburn. They divorced, he married Elizabeth Ballard, then they divorced. Richard was a playwright.

Richard Hepburn, a playwright and the younger brother of actress Katharine Hepburn, has died, his family said Friday. He was 89.

Hepburn, who lived with his famous sister at the family's Connecticut home overlooking the Long Island Sound, died Wednesday of heart problems, said his brother-in-law, Ellsworth Grant.

Born in Hartford, Conn., in 1911, Hepburn was the third of six children of Dr. Thomas Norval Hepburn and Katharine Houghton Hepburn.

Writing "was his main occupation and interest," Grant said. Some of his plays were produced in New York and in repertory theaters.

Asked about the health of actress Katharine Hepburn, who turned 93 in May, Grant said: "She's doing very well, for her age."

Grant described his brother-in-law as "a completely free spirit with an iconoclastic outlook."

"He was just not like the others in the family," Grant said. "They are all very different, but he was almost a completely different, separate figure."

Hepburn's niece, playwright Katharine Houghton, said her uncle's plays were ahead of their time.

"I'm not sure he ever expressed as much of the truth in his plays as in his life, but he tried," Houghton said. "I don't know if playwriting was his most brilliant gift. I think that although he spent time with his playwriting, it was not the center of his energy. I think the center of his life was living."

Hepburn is survived by four children, two sisters, and one brother.

Source: LA Times

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Richard Houghton Hepburn's Timeline

September 8, 1911
Hartford, CT, United States
October 18, 2000
Age 89
Old Saybrook, Middlesex County, Connecticut, United States
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States