Saturday, January 14, 2012

Sunday, January 14, 1934

Went to Sunday School and church. Daddy is still pretty sick. Had the doctor. Ollie was over. Played pinochle. She ate supper here.

Spencer Bonaventure Tracy (April 5, 1900 – June 10, 1967)

Tracy decided on acting as a career while a student at Ripon College. He studied acting in
 New York and appeared in a number of Broadway plays, finally achieving success in the 1930
hit "The Last Mile." Director John Ford was impressed by his performance and cast him in
"Up the River" with Humphrey Bogart. Fox Film Corporation signed him to a long term contract,
but after five years of mostly undistinguished films, he joined the most prestigious movie
studio of the time, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. His career flourished with MGM and he became one of
 their most valuable stars, guaranteeing him top billing in all his pictures from 1940 onwards. In 1942
 he appeared with Katharine Hepburn in the romantic comedy "Woman of the Year," beginning a
 partnership that lasted the remainder of Tracy's life. The duo made nine pictures together and
had a long romantic relationship, although Tracy remained legally married to his wife Louise
until he died. Tracy worked regularly into the 1960s, starring in 75 movies total. His reputation was
high, as he was considered by his peers as one of the screen's greatest actors. His final film,
"Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" was completed 17 days before his death in June 1967.

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