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MORE INFO ON KATHARINE HEPBURN: Born May 12, 1907 in Hartford, Connecticut, she was the daughter of a doctor and a suffragette, both of whom always encouraged her to speak her mind, develop it fully, and exercise her body to its full potential. An athletic tomboy as a child, she was also very close to her brother, Tom, and was devastated at age 14 to find him dead, the apparent result of accidentally hanging himself while practicing a hanging trick their father had taught them. For many years after this, Katharine used his birthdate, November 8, as her own. She then became very shy around girls her age, and was largely schooled at home. She did attend Bryn Mawr College, however, and it was here that she decided to become an actress, appearing in many of their productions.

After graduating, she began getting small roles in plays onand elsewhere. She always attracted attention in these parts, especially for her role in "Art and Mrs. Bottle" (1931); then, she finally broke into stardom when she took the starring role of the Amazon princess Antiope in "A Warrior's Husband" (1932). The inevitable film offers followed, and after making a few screen tests, she was cast in(1932), opposite. The film was a hit, and after agreeing to her salary demands, RKO signed her to a contract. She made five films between 1932 and 1934. For her third,(1933) she won her first Academy. Her fourth,(1933) was the most successful picture of its day.

But stories were beginning to leak out of her haughty behavior off- screen and her refusal to play the Hollywood Game, always wearing slacks and no makeup, never posing for pictures or giving interviews. Audiences were shocked at her unconventional behavior instead of applauding it, and so when she returned toin 1934 to star in "The Lake", the critics panned her and the audiences, who at first bought up tickets, soon deserted her. When she returned to Hollywood, things didn't get much better. From the period 1935-1938, she had only two hits:(1935), which brought her her second Oscar nomination, and(1937); the many flops included(1935),(1935),(1936),(1937) and the now- classic(1938).

With so many flops, she came to be labeled "box-office poison." She decided to go back toto star in "The Philadelphia Story" (1938), and was rewarded with a smash. She quickly bought the film rights, and so was able to negotiate her way back to Hollywood on her own terms, including her choice of director and co-stars. The film version of(1940), was a box-office hit, and Hepburn, who won her third Oscar nomination for the film, was bankable again. For her next film,(1942), she was paired with, and the chemistry between them lasted for eight more films, spanning the course of 25 years, and a romance that lasted that long off-screen. (She received her fourth Oscar nomination for the film.) Their films included the very successful(1949),(1952), and(1957).

With(1951), Hepburn moved into middle-aged spinster roles, receiving her fifth Oscar nomination for the film. She played more of these types of roles throughout the 50s, and won more Oscar nominations for many of them, including her roles in(1955),(1956) and(1959). Her film roles became fewer and farther between in the 60s, as she devoted her time to her ailing partner Spencer Tracy. For one of her film appearances in this decade, in(1962), she received her ninth Oscar nomination. After a five-year absence from films, she then made(1967), her last film with Tracy and the last film Tracy ever made; he died just weeks after finishing it. It garnered Hepburn her tenth Oscar nomination and her second win. The next year, she did(1968), which brought her her eleventh Oscar nomination and third win.

In the 70s, she turned to making made-for-TV films, with(1973) (TV),(1975) (TV) and(1979) (TV). She still continued to make an occasional appearance in feature films, such as(1975), with, and(1981), with. This last brought her her twelfth Oscar nomination and fourth win - the latter currently still a record for an actress.

She made more TV-films in the 80s, and wrote her autobiography, 'Me', in 1991. Her last feature film was(1994), withand, and her last TV- film was(1994) (TV). With her health declining she retired from public life in the mid-nineties. She died at the age of 96 at her home in Old Saybrook, Connecticut.

MORE INFO ON SPENCER TRACY: Spencer Bonaventure Tracy (April 5, 1900 ? June 10, 1967) was an American theatrical and film actor, who appeared in 74 films from 1930 to 1967. In 1999, theAmerican Film Instituteranked Tracy 9th among theGreatest Male Stars of All Time. He was nominated for nineAcademy Awards for Best Actorin all.

Tracy was born inMilwaukee,Wisconsin the second son of John Edward Tracy, an Irish American Catholic truck salesman, and Caroline Brown, a Protestant turned Christian Scientist. Tracy's paternal grandparents, John Tracy and Mary Guhin, were born in Ireland. His mother's ancestry dates back to Thomas Stebbins, who immigrated from England in the late 1630s.[citation needed] Tracy attended six high schools, starting withWauwatosa High Schoolin 1915 andSt. John's Cathedral Schoolfor boys in Milwaukee the following year. The Tracy family then moved toKansas City, where Spencer was enrolled atSt. Mary's College, Kansas, a boarding school in St. Marys, Kansas 30 miles west ofTopeka, Kansas, then transferred toRockhurst, aJesuitacademy inKansas City, Missouri. John Tracy's job in Kansas City did not work out, and the family returned to Milwaukee six months after their departure. Spencer was enrolled atMarquette Academy, another Jesuit school, where he met fellow actorPat O'Brien. The two young men left school in spring 1917 to enlist in the Navy after the American entry into World War I, but Tracy remained inNorfolk Navy Yard, Virginia throughout the war. Afterwards, Tracy continued his high school education at Marquette Academy then transferred toNorthwestern Military and Naval AcademynearLake Geneva, Wisconsin. He finished his last few credits needed to graduate at Milwaukee's West Division High School (nowMilwaukee High School of the Arts) in February 1921.

Afterward he attendedRipon Collegewhere he appeared in a leading role in a play entitled The Truth, and decided on acting as a career. Tracy received an honorary degree from Ripon College in 1940.[3] While touring the Northeast with the Ripon debate team, he auditioned for and was accepted to theAmerican Academy of Dramatic Artsin New York. His firstBroadwayrole was as a robot inKarel ?apek's R.U.R. (1922), followed by five other Broadway plays in the 1920s. In 1923 he married actressLouise Treadwell. They had two children, John and Louise (Susie).

Tracy performed in stock in Michigan, Canada, and Ohio for several years. Finally in 1930 he appeared in a hit play on Broadway, The Last Mile. DirectorJohn Fordsaw Tracy in The Last Mile and signed Tracy for Up the River (1930) withHumphrey BogartforFox Film Corporation. Shortly after that Tracy and his family moved toHollywood: 25 films in the next five years featured him.

In 1935 Tracy signed withMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer. He won theAcademy Award for Best Actortwo years in a row, for Captains Courageous (1937) and Boys Town (1938).

He was also nominated for San Francisco (1936), Father of the Bride (1950), Bad Day at Black Rock (1955), The Old Man and the Sea (1958), Inherit the Wind (1960), Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), and posthumously for Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967). Tracy andLaurence Oliviershare the record in the number of their nominations for theAcademy Award for Best Actor.

Tracy's reputation for versatility and naturalness are based on the twenty years (1935-1955) he acted atMetro Goldwyn Mayerand for the subsequent dozen years when he was an independent actor. Yet the twenty-five films he made prior to his move to MGM are notable in that they demonstrate the range and diversity of characters he would continue to deliver through his post-Fox career (and which would earn him twoAcademy Awardsand nine nominations).

In 1941, during the filming of Woman of the Year, Tracy began a relationship withKatharine Hepburn. Their relationship, which neither would discuss publicly, lasted until Tracy's death in 1967. Their relationship was complex and there were periods during which they were estranged. During one estrangement, Tracy had a brief romance withactressGene Tierneywhile filming the Plymouth Adventure in 1952.

During his later years, Tracy's health worsened after he was diagnosed withdiabetes, exacerbated by hisalcoholism. In 1963, he suffered aheart attack, forcing him to pull out of Cheyenne Autumn and The Cincinnati Kid.Edward G. Robinsonreplaced him for both films. Seventeen days after filming had been completed on his last film, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, with Hepburn, he died of a heart attack having long suffered fromemphysema. The film was released in December, six months after his death.[8]

In 1988, the University of California, Los Angeles' Campus Events Commission and Susie Tracy created the UCLA Spencer Tracy Award. The award has been given to actors in recognition for their achievement in film acting. Past recipients includeWilliam Hurt,James Stewart,Michael Douglas,Denzel Washington,Tom Hanks, SirAnthony Hopkins,Jodie Foster,Harrison Ford,Anjelica Huston,Nicolas Cage,Kirk Douglas,Jack LemmonandMorgan Freeman.

The main character Carl fromPixar's film Up was primarily based on a combination of Spencer Tracy andWalter Matthau, because, according to directorPete Docter, there was "something sweet about these grumpy old guys".

Tracy appeared in 75 feature films, and several short films. WithKatharine Hepburnhe starred in nine feature films, one of the most successful screen pairings in film history.

Nine of the films he starred in were nominated forBest Picture: San Francisco (Oscar Nomination), Libeled Lady, Captains Courageous (Oscar), Test Pilot, Boys Town (Oscar), Father of the Bride (Oscar Nomination), Judgment at Nuremberg (Oscar Nomination), How the West Was Won and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (Oscar Nomination).

He was nominated for theAcademy Award for Best Actoron nine occasions, and won the award in 1937, for Captains Courageous, and in 1938, for Boys Town. He won aGolden Globe Awardfor The Actress (1953) from a total of four nominations. He was awarded aBAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Rolefor his posthumously released performance opposite Hepburn in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967).

One of his Oscars was mistakenly inscribed toDick Tracybefore being corrected.

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