DEAD: Spencer Tracy

DEAD: ON THIS DATE

Spencer Tracy (aged 67)
American actor

Spencer Bonaventure Tracy (April 5, 1900 – June 10, 1967) was an American actor, noted for his natural performing style and versatility. One of the major stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Tracy won two Academy Awards for Best Actor from nine nominations, sharing the record for nominations in the category with Laurence Olivier.

DEATH: Tracy spent most of the next two years at home with Hepburn, living what she described as a quiet life: reading, painting, and listening to music. On June 10, 1967, 17 days after completing what was his last film role in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Tracy awakened at 3:00 am to make himself a cup of tea in his apartment in Beverly Hills, California. Hepburn described in her autobiography how she followed him to the kitchen: “Just as I was about to give [the door] a push, there was a sound of a cup smashing to the floor—then clump—a loud clump.” She entered the room to find Tracy lying dead from a heart attack. He was 67. Hepburn recalled, “He looked so happy to be done with living, which for all his accomplishments had been a frightful burden for him.” MGM publicist Howard Strickling told the media that Tracy had been alone when he died and was found by his housekeeper.

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