Thursday, Nov. 06, 2008

Spencer Tracy in Guess Who's
Coming to Dinner

After 25 years of collaborating with his great love Katherine Hepburn (though neither would admit the relationship in public), Tracy teamed up with her one last time on this treacly film about an older couple who learns to accept their daughter's relationship with a black man (played by Sidney Poitier). While Tracy never had leading-man looks ("I've got a face like a beat-up barn door," he once remarked), he carved out a career as a vibrant, ruddy star. By the time of Dinner's filming, Tracy was so weak that he could only film for short periods at a time — a schedule Hepburn made sure he stuck to. He died weeks after filming completed, of a heart attack, on June 10, 1967.