Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy Had a Legendary Onscreen around Hollywood, but recent reports have called the affair a sham. Years ago, Katharine Hepburn, who died Sunday at 96, was vacationing with Spencer Tracy in the South of France. Hepburn, noting the blue. Exciting Old-Hollywood news this Valentine's Day: a film about Katharine Hepburn's year love affair with Spencer Tracy, who famously.
She received the second most votes, after winner Bette Davis. Critics disliked Sylvia Scarlett and it was unpopular with the public. Neither movie was popular with the public, which meant she had made four unsuccessful pictures in a row. It had a successful tour,  but, uncertain about the script and unwilling to risk failure after the disaster of The Lake, Hepburn decided against taking the show to Broadway. Selznick refused to offer her the part because he felt she had no sex appeal. He reportedly told Hepburn, "I can't see Rhett Butler chasing you for twelve years.
They are seen here in Bringing Up Babywhich flopped on release, but has since become renowned as a classic screwball comedy. She approached the physical comedy of the film with confidence,  and took tips on comedic timing from her co-star Walter Catlett.
Scott Berg believes the blame lay with moviegoers' rejection of Hepburn. No other star, either, has become so unpopular so quickly for so long a time. Hepburn said of the role, "I gave her life, and she gave me back my career.
She left Hollywood to look for a stage project, and signed on to star in Philip Barry's new play, The Philadelphia Story. It was tailored to showcase the actress, with the character of socialite Tracy Lord incorporating a mixture of humor, aggression, nervousness, and vulnerability.
As part of the deal she also received the director of her choice, George Cukorand picked James Stewart and Cary Grant to whom she ceded top-billing as co-stars. A lot of people want to see me fall flat on my face. The perfect conception of all flighty, but characterful, Main Line socialite gals rolled into one, the story without her is almost inconceivable.
The idea for the film was proposed to her by Garson Kanin inwho recalled how Hepburn contributed to the script. Released inWoman of the Year was another success.
Critics praised the chemistry between the stars, and, says Higham, noted Hepburn's "increasing maturity and polish". During the course of the movie, Hepburn signed a star contract with MGM. A dark mystery with a propaganda message on the dangers of fascism, the film was seen by Hepburn as an opportunity to make a worthy political statement.
She later said the partnership did much to advance her career, as he was the more popular star at the time. Since Woman of the YearHepburn had committed to a romantic relationship with Tracy and dedicated herself to helping the star, who suffered from alcoholism and insomnia. She took an atypical role inplaying a Chinese peasant in the high-budget drama Dragon Seed. Hepburn was enthusiastic about the film, but it met with a tepid response and she was described as miscast. Similarly to Keeper of the Flame and Without Love, a lukewarm response from critics did not stop it from being a financial success both at home and abroad.
She trained intensively with a pianist for the role.
Viewed by some as dangerously progressive, she was not offered work for nine months and people reportedly threw things at screenings of Song of Love. Like Woman of the Year, it was a "battle of the sexes" comedy and was written specifically for the duo by their friends Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon. A story of married lawyers who oppose each other in court, Hepburn described it as "perfect for [Tracy] and me".
With co-star Humphrey Bogart. The s saw Hepburn take on a series of professional challenges, and stretch herself further than at any other point in her life at an age when most other actresses began to retreat. She hoped to prove that she could play already established material,  and said, "It's better to try something difficult and flop than to play it safe all the time.
Reviews for Hepburn varied, but she was noted as the only leading lady in Hollywood who was performing high-caliber material onstage. The first successful film she had made without Tracy since The Philadelphia Story a decade earlier, it proved that she could be a hit without him and fully reestablished her popularity. She was a keen athlete, and Kanin later described this as his inspiration for the film: Her parents had read Shaw to her when she was a child, which made the play a special experience for the actress.
Jane Hudson is one of the popular "spinster" roles Hepburn played in the s. Pat and Mike was the last film Hepburn completed on her MGM contract, making her free to select her own projects. The movie was filmed in Venice, with Hepburn playing a lonely spinster who has a passionate love affair. She described it as "a very emotional part" and found it fascinating to work with Lean.
The tour was successful and Hepburn earned significant plaudits for the effort. Again she played a lonely woman empowered by a love affair, and it became apparent that Hepburn had found a niche in playing "love-starved spinsters" that critics and audiences enjoyed. It wasn't difficult for me to play those women, because I'm the maiden aunt. Hepburn played a cold-hearted Soviet pilot, a performance Bosley Crowther called "horrible". Berg notes that it worked as a hybrid of their earlier romantic-comedy successes and Hepburn's spinster persona,  but it performed poorly at the box-office.
The shows were positively received.
Why the fiercely independent Katharine Hepburn hid her year affair with co-star Spencer Tracy
She loved the perks of fame but resented any intrusion into her privacy. It was on the set of Woman of the Year in that she got involved with her co-star Spencer Tracy, then 41 and married to Louise Treadwell, whom he would never leave.
The script, full of articulate banter characteristic of the era, highlighted their evident oppositional attraction, providing heat for the screen and their own private affair. Pat and Mikewritten specifically for the pair, was her favorite of the nine films they made together. Sure, he was Hollywood handsome, but he was also a drunk and depressive.
New Hepburn biography examines relationship with Tracy - Telegraph
Usually so strong-willed and self-involved, Hepburn would become almost submissive around him, tending to his needs and obeying his wishes. A guilt-ridden Catholic, he would never divorce his wife and abandon his family.
When he became ill with heart disease in his last years, Hepburn even moved in with him to care for him. In obvious ill health, Tracy was battling heart disease, and the stress of performing while caring for his health put stress on them both.
He died 17 days after filming his last scene, on June 10, When Hepburn won her second Academy Award for the role, she said it felt like it was a tribute to them both. Related story from us: Hepburn died June 29,aged 96 years old.