| Tracy and Hepburn An Intimate Memoir |
- Hardcover book with dust jacket by Garson Kanin
- Over 310 pages
- Copyright © 1971 by T.F.T. Corporation
" "It was always Tracy and Hepburn," Garson Kanin recalls. The billing never changed: the gentleman preceded the lady. Once, when the celebrated author-director chided Spencer Tracy for his insistence on first billing, Spencer said, "Why not?" his face full of innocence. "Well, after all," his friend replied, "she's the lady. You're the man. Ladies first?" "This is a movie, chowderhead," said Spence, "not a lifeboat."
They were one couple everyone knew of but no one really knew anything about. What kept these two - so opposite in taste and technique - so fiercely together for twenty-seven years?
Garson Kanin remained close to the two great stars throughout their long friendship. He has shared his experience and his affection for them with us by recounting - through personal anecdotes as unpredictable and astonishing as Tracy and Hepburn themselves - the times - troubled, hectic, or satisfying - that they spent in Hollywood, New York, London, and Paris; and how it is for Kate today.
Kanin gives us his Kate - the born eccentric, charming, brilliantly inventive, and determined - as she conquers every obstacle: getting around a no-ladies-in-trousers rule in a stuffy London hotel; dealing with a surprise "coaching" session from John Barrymore; persuading the entire crew on a New York construction site to cease drilling during her major number in the Coco matinee across the street.
Here is Spence, the greatest screen actor of his generation: sharp, magnanimous, joking, tense, he receives an unforgettable lesson in projection from Laurette Taylor, inspiration from George M. Cohan; he forces the desegregation of Washington, D.C.'s National Theater; he becomes an involuntary member of an acrobatic act at the Lido in Paris.
This book is a joyous tribute to two extraordinary people. "
The book is in very good condition with minor wear.
However, the dust jacket is very worn and torn along the edges and yellowed on the inside due to aging.
No torn or ripped pages.
No markings or writing.