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Spencer Tracy: A Life

Straightforward portrait of a complicated man

How much do you want to know about the actor Spencer Tracy, who appeared in 75 movies, won two Academy Awards and carried on a 26-year affair with Katharine Hepburn that was Hollywood’s worst-kept secret? Would you like to overhear a page-and-a-half’s worth of witty banter between Tracy and his pal Clark Gable? Me, too. Do you want to read a long excerpt from a smarmy speech made about Tracy when he received an honorary college degree? I thought not. Though often smart and absorbing, Spencer Tracy: A Life by James Curtis can’t seem to distinguish among sharp insights, amusing asides and mind-numbing detail. … Back to Article

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