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Tracy and Hepburn: An Intimate Memoir Hardcover – November 10, 1971

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 307 pages
  • Publisher: The Viking Press (November 10, 1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670722936
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670722938
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 20 x 20 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,422,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By LilOrphan67 on November 4, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
And I've probably read it 12 times. Spencer Tracy's abrupt nature is described in great detail, but with real affection by Garson Kanin. By the end of the book, we understand why Bonaventure was more than just Tracy's middle name. Hepburn's unwavering love and willingness to put Spen-SAH first often seems hard to reconcile with her solid will and staunch intellect. Through Garson Kanin's eyes, we see why the couple's differences made for a fascinating life together, on and off screen. No slouch in the talent department himself, Kanin's asides on his and Ruth Gordon's antics with the formidable Tracy and Hepburn could make for an exquisite book, in and of themselves.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 3, 1999
Format: Paperback
Garson does a great job showing off Tracy and Hepburn in this delightful book. You get to take a look inside Kate's life from a good friend of hers. Garson passed away in March of this year and he left many wonderful things behind. This book just being one. He also wrote several of the screenplays that Tracy and Hepburn stared in. This book is a must for all.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Alexandra O'Conner on March 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I enjoy this book immensely, but I wish Mr. Kanin hadn't constantly been upstaging himself throughout. One review I read of this book said (aptly, I thought) that the title of the book should have been called We Three. I'm sure that he and his wife Ruth Gordon were good friends of Tracy and Hepburn's; I'm also sure that Tracy and Hepburn had other friends they were close to as well. I do know that the invasion of privacy made Katherine Hepburn furious when this book came out - she refused to speak to Mr. Kanin for several years as a result. I don't know - the stories are good, but it puts a bad taste in my mouth all the same.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jack M. Walter on January 30, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a delightful book filled with anecdotes about Kanin, his wife Ruth Gordon, and their relationship with Tracy and Hepburn. But, of course, no mention is made of the fact that Spencer and Katherine were having an affair and no hint of the "A" word (adultery). This is a cleaned up version of reality, but nonetheless ceaselessly entertaining. Tracy, however, comes off as he usually does: melancholy, dark, and troubled. Only Kanin's affection for him redeems Tracy in the reader's eyes. The parts about Hepburn are the real treat here; she must have been a riot to have as a friend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dmh921 on February 14, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I found the writing erratic. I'm a traditionalist when it comes to biographies, and this was not traditional. But it had good insight into their lives.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angela Burton on December 24, 2012
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I love Kate and Spence, but I do fault Garson Kanin for using their intimate friendship for so many years as a basis for a profit making opportunity. Friends don't do that to friends. He waited until Spencer died to write the book, because he knew that Mr.Tracy would find him and hurt him. Kate never spoke to Garson after that book was published. She was outraged. So if you can overlook the chill of betrayal that is rampant in this book, it is full of the intimate moments of Mr.Tracy and Miss Hepburn.
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By Elizabeth Ferrer on February 12, 2014
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I just don't have the words that would adequately express how much I enjoyed Mr. Kanin's writing as he remembered Ms. Hepburn. A truly GREAT READ!
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By Kim on June 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
and this is a wonderful book. I once saw her on the stage from the front row and I was riveted by her performance. She was a first class actress of the old school. There will never be another quite like her.
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