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Spencer Tracy : a biography

Author: James Curtis
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Spencer Tracy's image on-screen was that of a self-reliant man whose sense of rectitude toward others was matched by his sense of humor toward himself. Whether he was Father Flanagan of Boys Town, Clarence Darrow of Inherit the Wind, or the crippled war veteran in Bad Day at Black Rock, Tracy was forever seen as a pillar of strength, the sort of regular American guy one could depend on. Now biographer James Curtis  Read more...
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Genre/Form: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Entertainment & Performing Arts
Biography
Named Person: Spencer Tracy; Spencer Tracy; Spencer Tracy; Spencer B Tracy
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Curtis
ISBN: 9780307262899 0307262898
OCLC Number: 697261609
Description: xix, 1001 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: General business --
A born actor --
A sissy sort of thing --
The best goddamned actor --
Dread --
The last mile --
They specialize in it over there --
The power and the glory --
The amount of marriage we've experienced --
And does love last? --
That double jackpot --
The best year --
Model Romeo --
Enough to shine even through me --
A buoyant effect on the audience --
Someone's idea of reality --
Woman of the year --
I've found the woman I want --
Not the guy they see up there on the screen --
The big drunk --
The rugged path --
State of the union --
Adam's rib --
Father of the bride --
Rough patch --
At loose ends --
A granite-like wedge of a man --
Hard to please --
The last hurrah --
Our greatest actor --
The value of a single human being --
Something a little less serious --
A lion in a cage --
A humble man.
Responsibility: James Curtis.

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Spencer Tracy's image on-screen was that of a self-reliant man whose sense of rectitude toward others was matched by his sense of humor toward himself. Whether he was Father Flanagan of Boys Town, Clarence Darrow of Inherit the Wind, or the crippled war veteran in Bad Day at Black Rock, Tracy was forever seen as a pillar of strength, the sort of regular American guy one could depend on. Now biographer James Curtis gives us the life of this revered actor. Curtis writes of Tracy's distinguished career, his deep Catholicism, his devoted relationship to his wife, his drinking that got him into so much trouble, and his twenty-six-year-long bond with his partner on-screen and off, Katharine Hepburn. Drawing on Tracy's personal papers and writing with the full cooperation of Tracy's daughter, Curtis tells the rich story of the brilliant but haunted man at the heart of the legend.--From publisher description.

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