From ‘His Girl Friday’ to ‘The Heat': The Evolution of Female Comedies (Photos)

From Katherine Hepburn in "Bringing Up Baby" to Melissa McCarthy in "The Heat," here's a look at some of the greatest female characters in film history.

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BRINGING UP BABY (1938) Take Katharine Hepburn as a dizzy free spirit with a hankering for a nebbish Cary Grant, mix in a leopard and sit back and watch a screwball comedy classic. Yet, the film was a box office disappointment when it was initially released and didn't get the critical acclaim it deserved until the 1950s. Talk about ahead of its time.