He had a great sense of humor — real, true wit, was highly intelligent — an avid reader. A total professional who had no patience with self-indulgent actors. His face had everything in it — many lines, smiles, love, wickedness, sensitivity, wisdom. The sight of Spence was always an experience. If it was unexpected, it lifted my spirits, made me feel warm; if the meeting was planned, that day was invariably a better day than the one before.
[…] I might say Spencer always affected me the way the Lincoln Memorial does — except that he was not a monument, too human, too real. But he was larger than life — a special event at all times to me, one of my life’s bonuses. — Lauren Bacall (By Myself and Then Some)
Happy Birthday Spencer Bonaventure Tracy
5 April 1900 - 10 June 1967
Write anything you want about me. Make up something. Hell, I don’t care.
#Spencer Tracy #Katharine Hepburn
His love for her was as deep as hers for him, but it was not as openly and vibrantly expressed in words. He lived his love for her, rather than talked about it; it was as ingrained as his talent, in the very marrow of his bones.
Charles Higham | Kate: The Life of Katharine Hepburn
250 Favorite Classic Films in no particular order
⇨ Adam’s Rib (1949)
Nobody died in the evening paper, isn’t that nice?
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#wut..how come I've never seen this before #Spencer Tracy #Katharine Hepburn
I’ve learned more about acting from watching Tracy than in any other way. — Laurence Olivier
He’d play a scene with you, and you’d think nothing much was happening. Then, when you saw the rushes, there it all was—pouring out of his face. He was quite amazing. The embodiment of the art that conceals art. It was impossible to learn anything from Spence, because everything he did came deep down from some inner part of himself which, to an outsider anxious to learn, was totally inaccessible. All you could do was watch the magic and be amazed. — Gene Kelly
I can’t explain why I was never able to say to him what I wanted to say: that he was a great actor. Everyone else said it a thousand times over, but I never managed it. Once I told him I loved him. That came quite easily, and he believed me and was emotional about it. But I was afraid to say, “Spencer, you’re a great actor.” He’d only say: “Now what the hell kind of thing is that to come out with?” He wanted to know it; he needed to know it. But he didn’t want you to say it—just think it. And maybe that was one of the reasons he was a great actor. He thought and listened better than anyone in the history of motion pictures. A silent close-up reaction of Spencer Tracy said it all. — Stanley Kramer
Spencer Tracy is, I believe, the finest actor we’ve ever had on film. — Robert Osborne
He was a great actor— Simple. He could just do it. Never overdone. Just perfection. There was no complication. The performance was unguarded. He could make you laugh, he could make you cry. He could listen. — Katharine Hepburn
Spencer Tracy in Cojimar, La Havana, Cuba during the filming of The Old Man and the Sea.
#awwwwww #Spencer Tracy #The Old Man and the Sea
I’d like to say that I have a theory about acting, but I don’t. It’s just that I was born a sentimental Irishman, and I play the parts the way they react on me.
SPENCER TRACY | April 5, 1900 - June 10, 1967
9 Favorite Photos of Spencer Tracy | Requested by tracylord
#ugh the middle one tho #can't take my eyes off it #Spencer Tracy
#perfect people being perfect #Spencer Tracy #Myrna Loy #clark gable
“It is up to us to give ourselves recognition. If we wait for it to come from others, we feel resentful when it doesn’t, and when it does, we may well reject it.”