Sunday 10 June 2012

RIP Spencer Tracy

This is a little photo tribute to the great Spencer Tracy who died on this day, June 10th 1967. He made 24 pictures/ appearances in the Precode era that started his rise into screen immortality. Although, he was a well known actor in the early theirties he had to wait until 1937 for an Academy Award nomination (for 'San Fransico) and to win a year later in 'Captain Couragous' (1938). Spencer's death wasn't a huge shock with his illness obvious during the filming of 'Guess Whose Coming to Dinner' (released 1968) which finished filming 17 days before his death.

Spencer aged 19.

Spencer and Jeannette on set.

"Come to work on time, know your lines and don`t bump into the other actors."

Spencer with Bette at the 1938 Academy Awards. Bette was also his costar in the
Precode film '20,000 Years in Sing Sing' (1932). Below:

Spencer was renound for being a professional and great actor. Clark Gable said:

"Whenever I`m asked what my definition of a professional is in our business, I tell `em to go talk to Spence"

And even by the great entertainer George M. Cohen:

"Spencer Tracy, you`re the best damn actor there is!"

Young and old. Spencer sitting on set with Robert Wagner.

Spencer was later known for his unusual relationship with his wife Louise Tracy, who he was married to for over 30 years, and his long-term lover Katharine Hepburn.

Spencer and Louise

Spencer commented on his 'situation':

"I can get a divorce whenever I want to. But my wife and Kate like things just as they are".

Spencer and Kate on camera

More Spencer and Kate. This time of camera

And, in some ways, the saddest movie I ever saw. Spencer's last film which
featured his love, Katharine Hepburn, 'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner' (1967)

And one last one of the pair before his death.


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