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The most significant relationship of Hepburn’s life was with Spencer Tracy – it received much publicity, and it is often cited as one of Hollywood’s legendary love affairs. Meeting when she was 34 and he was 41. Tracy remained married throughout their relationship. Hepburn did not interfere, and never fought for marriage. With Tracy determined to conceal the relationship from his wife, it had to remain private. Tracy was a periodic alcoholic and was frequently depressed; Hepburn devoted herself to making his life easier. She mothered and obeyed him, and Tracy became heavily dependent on her. They often spent stretches of time apart due to their work.

Tracy’s health declined significantly in the 1960s, and Hepburn took a five-year break in her career to care for him. She moved into Tracy’s house for this period, and was with him when he died on June 10, 1967. Out of consideration for Tracy’s family, she did not attend his funeral. In response to the question of why she stayed with Tracy for so long, despite the nature of their relationship, she said, “I honestly don’t know. I can only say that I could never have left him.” She claimed not to know how Tracy felt about her and that they “just passed twenty-seven years together in what was to me absolute bliss.”

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  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelalmost 2 years ago

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