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Spencer Tracy (1900-1967) garnered nine Academy Award nominations and won two Oscars, was lauded as the most popular male film star of his day, but in some ways he remains to this day as a mystery to even his most ardent fans. With his granite-like face, Tracy onscreen was the personification of rock-solid integrity, enabling him to play Father Flanagan in Boys Town and Clarence Darrow in Inherit the Wind. Offscreen, he was more complicated. A devout Catholic, he remained married to the same woman for over forty years, yet carried on affairs with several of his costars, most notably Katherine Hepburn, with whom he had a relationship that lasted for a quarter century. James Curtis' 1,000-page biography draws on Tracy's personal papers and the full cooperation of his daughter, giving it an unprecedented authority and interest.