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Spencer Tracy: A Biography
 
 
Author
James Curtis.
Publisher Knopf/QPB  
Format paperback, QPB
Product Dimensions 8.25 x 5.45 x 1.7 inches
ISBN 9781620900390
Pages/Publication Date 1001/2011
Daedalus Item Code 42253
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Spencer Tracy projected an on-screen image of a self-reliant man whose sense of rectitude toward others was matched by his sense of humor toward himself. Whether he was playing Father Flanagan of Boys Town, Clarence Darrow of Inherit the Wind, or the crippled war veteran in Bad Day at Black Rock, Tracy came across as a pillar of strength. Yet his own life was far more complicated, including his life-long marriage to Louise Tracy and his 26-year relationship with Katharine Hepburn, as well as a string of other leading ladies left in his wake. The biographer of W.C. Fields, James Whale, and Preston Sturges, James Curtis gives us a balanced, superbly researched, thoroughly detailed life of a legendary actor, with an Irving Penn portrait on the cover (portraying a middle-aged yet still very vital Tracy looking a bit pensive in a tight corner) and more than 120 black and white photos throughout.

"Impeccably researched ... a monumental, definitive biography of one of the finest film actors in the history of the medium."—Kirkus Reviews

"Curtis has obtained access to everything from Tracy's datebooks to his health records ... all of this research makes possible an incredibly detailed account of Tracy's life.... Those who remember him will be fascinated; younger readers will be spurred to rent his film and revel in his talent."—Booklist (starred review)

"[The author] charts the life, loves and struggles of the Milwaukee-born, Oscar-winning screen legend in expert detail, leaving no source or story unchecked.... Curtis taps deeply mined remembrances and fresh anecdotes collected in years of interviews with just about everyone in Tracy's life."—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

 
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