An autograph letter, signed, from Katharine Hepburn to Audrey Hepburn on blue notepaper, dated 23 June, 1967, the touching one page letter written in response to a letter of condolence from Audrey following Spencer Tracy's death on 10 June, 1967, Katharine reflects ...what can one say - the beauty of life - the sureness of death - & the everlasting strength of friendship - I have had them all - & I must simply know that I have been truly lucky - & get back on my horse, thanking her for her sweet thoughts I am deeply touched, signed Cate, together with original stamped mailing envelope addressed in Katharine's hand to Audrey Hepburn Ferrer at La Paisible, annotated in Audrey's hand in pink felt pen Kate to keep
8 x 5 in. (20.3 x 12.7 cm.)
Katharine Hepburn's legendary love affair with Spencer Tracy spanned 27 years, nine movies and lasted until his death in 1967. Although separated from his wife Louise, the strict Catholic Tracy remained married throughout, and the pair didn't live together until the final years of Tracy's life when Hepburn took a five year career hiatus to nurse the alcoholic Tracy to the end. Out of respect to Tracy's family, she did not attend his funeral service. Although the relationship was an open secret in Hollywood, Hepburn didn't acknowledge it publicly until the death of Tracy's wife in 1983.
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