Tracy and Hepburn - an intimate memoir Author:Garson Kanin This book is a joyous tribute to two extraordinary people. — Applause for Tracy and Hepburn — 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 tow great stars throughout their long frie... more »ndship. 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 matinees 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.« less