Tracy discovered his acting talent while at Ripon College, and he went on to receive a scholarship to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
He worked in the theatre for seven years, in a variety of stock companies, and on Broadway on occasion. His big break came in 1930 when his leading role in The Last Mile caught Hollywood’s attention.
Who Was Spencer Tracy’s Wife Louise Tracy?
Tracy met actress Louise Treadwell while both were members of the Wood Players in White Plains, New York, which was Tracy’s first stock company after graduation.
Between the matinee and evening performances of his show, the couple became engaged in May 1923 and married on September 10 of that year.
John Ten Broeck Tracy, their son, was born in June 1924. Louise discovered that John was deaf when he was ten months old.
For three months, she resisted telling Tracy. Tracy was devastated by the news and has lived with guilt for the rest of his life because of his son’s deafness.
He believed John’s hearing loss was a punishment for his own transgressions.