Spencer Tracy: A Biography

By James Curtis – Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group (2011) – Hardback – 1024 pages – ISBN 0307262898 A major new biography, the first in more than twenty years, of the most revered screen actor of his generation. A rich, vibrant portrait, and the most intimate and telling yet, of this complex man considered to be the actor�s actor.Spencer Tracy made seventy-three pictures and made his mark in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Bad Day at Black Rock, Inherit the Wind, Judgment at Nuremberg, and many others. He made nine pictures with Katharine Hepburn, among them Woman of the Year and Desk Set. Tracy could be ruthless and irascible, often unfathomable, but as Clark Gable said, �The guy�s good, and there�s nobody in this business who can touch him . . . And don�t fall for that humble stuff, either; the bastard knows it!�Now, James Curtis brings all of his talents as a biographer to the life of this magnificent, difficult�and difficult to know�actor. Written with the cooperation of Tracy�s daughter and with complete access, for the first time ever, to Tracy�s personal papers and journals. Here is the man; his career; his marriage; his relationship with his son, deaf from birth; his Catholic faith; his battle with alcoholism; and his intense decades-long love affair with Katharine Hepburn.Sure to be the definitive book on the subject

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