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    Louise Ten Broeck Tracy ( née Treadwell; July 31, 1896 – November 13, 1983) was the founder of the John Tracy Clinic, a private, non-profit education center for the deaf that began in 1942. She was married to the Academy Award -winning actor Spencer Tracy .

  2. 16/11/1983 · Louise Treadwell Tracy, widow of the actor Spencer Tracy and founder of the John Tracy Clinic for the hearing-impaired, died Sunday after a long illness. She was 87 years old. Mrs. Tracy, born in ...

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    The story of the husband is well known - Spencer Tracy was a major Hollywood star, a magnificent Oscar winning actor and a towering, charismatic screen presence. The story of his wife and her magnificent life's work, championing the cause of education of deaf children is not so well known. Her name was Louise Treadwell. She was an exceptional woman and this is her story.

    Spencer Tracy was an alcoholic and a serial adulterer. He was renowned in Hollywood circles for dating his leading ladies and his name was linked with Loretta Young, Ingrid Bergman, Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Myrna Loy, Gene Tierney and many others. For the last 25 years of his life he conducted an affair with actress Katharine Hepburn. The couple lived together but kept separate residences for the sake of appearances. Tracy never divorced his wife, partly for religious reasons, and partly for the sake of his children. For the entire length of the marriage, although dealing with great personal misfortune, Louise Treadwell-Tracy pursued her own ambitions and kept a dignified silence about her husband's self-indugence and disloyalty.

    She was born Louise Ten Broeck Treadwell on July 31, 1896 into a comfortable middle class home. Her parents divorced when she was a teenager. After graduating from Lake Erie College, she embarked on a theatrical career and she spent several years gaining experience touring with stock companies around America. By early 1923 Louise was the leading actress at the Leonard Wood Players in White Plains, New York.

    When John was 10 months old, Louise noticed that he did not react when a door loudly slammed and shook the house. She was given the diagnosis by doctors that he was nerve deaf. At that time deafness and dumbness went together automatically. It was a traumatic event for Louise and changed her life irrevocably. From that time on she devoted her life to improving the future life choices and life chances of her damaged son. Doctors advised Louise and Spencer to send John, when he was old enough, to a special education state school to help him learn to cope with his deafness but Louise developed other ideas. In 1926 she met a deaf woman who had learned to lip read so well that it was difficult to tell that she was deaf. It gave Louise the germ of an idea. Maybe she could teach her son, not only to lip read, but to talk as well and lead a normal life. It is difficult nowadays to realise what a revolutionary concept this was in the 1920s.

    But Tracy could not shake off his physical addictions - to chocolates, sweets, alcohol - and beautiful actresses. Whilst Louise was travelling back and forth between the East and West coast of America, consulting specialists and signing their son up with specialist schools in Boston and New York, Tracy continued to romance his costars. It began with rumours about the relatively unknown actresses working for touring stock companies, Selena Royle and Betty Hanna, then in 1933 he began a passionate affair with his co-star in 'Mans Castle', fellow Catholic, Loretta Young, even discussing marriage with her.

    Nevertheless Tracy's career went into overdrive and within a few years he achieved superstar status with brilliant performances for MGM in movies such as 'Captains Courageous' in 1937 and 'Boys Town' in 1938 (for which he won back to back Oscars for Best Actor). He was later nominated for 'San Francisco', 'Father of the Bride', 'Bad Day at Black Rock', 'The Old Man and the Sea', 'Inherit the Wind' and 'Judgment at Nuremberg'. He became, along with Humphrey Bogart, Clarke Gable, Cary Grant, and James Stewart, one of the pre-eminent actors in the Hollywood firmament.

    Spencer Tracy gave Louise his full financial, if not emotional support, and it was his money which got the Clinic off the ground initially. He turned the world premiere of one of his films, 'Father's Little Dividend', in 1951, into a fundraiser for the clinic and, as a wealthy man, he continued to support it all his life, donating more than a half a million dollars to the Clinic's work.

    They met in 1941 on the set of their first movie together, 'Woman of the Year'. Their acting styles complemented each other perfectly and the gossip columns were soon in full cry speculating about their relationship off-camera. It became generally accepted that the two were an item, although they could never marry due to Tracys Catholic determination never to divorce.

    Nevertheless they remained together for over a quarter of a century, being parted only by Tracy's death in 1967, just weeks after he and Hepburn had finished making 'Guess Whos Coming to Dinner'.

    Louise encouraged parents to build a foundation of communication with their young children during the critical language development stage from birth through age five and the John Tracy Clinic has enabled thousands of children to master the difficult challenges of oral communication.

    Eighty-two percent of every dollar it receives is spent directly on programs and services, and no management staff performs a purely executive function.

    Gifts of used hearing aids and other inkind donations are also welcome, as are volunteers who wish to give of their time to their Family Educational Services.

    Whilst Spencer was establishing his reputation as both a magnificent actor and a decadent, louche, Louise Tracy continued with her work for the clinic. She became recognised worldwide as an expert in the field of education of deaf children, and her influence grew in academic, political and social circles. She became famous in her own right, and for quite different reasons than the fame of her husband.

    During the 1950s and 1960s her groundbreaking work was recognised and she received honor after honor including the Hearing Advancement Award from the Hearing Foundation, in 1951, and the Woman of the Year award from La Sertoma International in 1953 and she was granted honorary degrees from numerous academic institutions such as the University of Southern California, Lake Erie College, and MacMurray College. In 1956 she was appointed as a member of the National Advisory Council on Vocational Rehabilitation. In 1963 Louise was appointed a member of the Neurological and Sensory Disease Advisory Committee and 2 years later became a member of the National Advisory Board of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. In 1969 she was appointed a member of the President's Task Force on the Physically Handicapped.

    Louise was respected and honored for the rest of her life. She received the 1974 Award of Honor Otolaryngology and in 1977 she was awarded the Humanitarian Award by the National Auxiliary of AMVETS. Finally, after a long illness, Louise Treadwell Tracy died on November 13, 1983, aged 87 years.

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  3. Wife of actor Spencer Tracy. As a result of their son John being born deaf, Louise became an activist for deaf education, later founding the John Tracy Clinic at the University of Southern California in 1942.

  4. Louise Tracy was born Louise Ten Broeck Treadwell to parents Alliene Wetmore Treadwell and Bright Treadwell on July 31, 1897, in New Castle, Pennsylvania, USA. She was married to actor Spencer Tracy from September 12, 1923, until his death on June 10, 1967. Although they never divorced, they were estranged a majority of their marriage.

  5. Susie Tracy was born on July 1, 1932 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Louise Treadwell Tracy. She is known for her work on Larry King Live (1985) and The Spencer Tracy Legacy: A Tribute by Katharine Hepburn (1986).

    • Louise Treadwell Tracy
    • July 1, 1932 in Los Angeles, California, USA
  6. › name › nm2803604Susie Tracy - IMDb

    Susie Tracy, Self: Larry King Live. Susie Tracy was born on July 1, 1932 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Louise Treadwell Tracy. She is known for her work on Larry King Live (1985) and The Spencer Tracy Legacy: A Tribute by Katharine Hepburn (1986).

    • Susie Tracy
    • July 1, 1932
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