Spencer Tracy

Spencer Tracy

SPENCER TRACY d1967. American actor respected for his natural style and versatility. In a career spanning 37 years, he was nominated for nine Academy Awards (winning twice) making him one of the major stars of Hollywoods Golden age. He spent seven years in the theatre, working in a succession of stock companies and intermittently on Broadway, until his breakthrough came in 1930 when his lead performance in The Last Mile caught the attention of Hollywood. After a successful film debut in Up The River, he was signed to a contract with Fox. In 1935 he joined MGM, Hollywood's most prestigious studio where his career flourished with a series of hit films. In 1937 and 1938 he won consecutive Oscars for Captains Courageous and Boys Town. By the 1940s, Tracy was one of the studio's top stars. In 1942 he appeared with Katharine Hepburn in Woman of The Year beginning a popular partnership that produced nine movies over 25 years. He left MGM in 1955 and continued to work regularly as a freelance star, despite an increasing weariness as he aged. His personal life was troubled, with a lifelong-struggle against alcoholism and guilt over his son's deafness. He became estranged from his wife in the 1930s but never divorced, conducting a long-term relationship with Katharine Hepburn in private. He worked almost exclusively for director Stanley Kramer in the 1960s. It was for Kramer that he made his last film Guess Whose Coming To Dinner (1967) completed just 17 days before his death aged 67 of a heart attack. During his career, he appeared in 75 films and developed a reputation among his peers as one of the screen's greatest actors. In 1999, the AFI ranked Spencer Tracy as one of its Top Ten.

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Spencer Tracy

Reference Number. 12769A


An original vintage 1950s autograph book page, clearly signed and dedicated (To Pauline) in ink by Spencer Tracy

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