Mrs Tracy and I are still excellent friends, and perhaps living apart for a while will lead to a reunion.’But, Spencer told his friend Humphrey Bogart, he didn’t think he could go through with it. ’Louise, meanwhile, valiantly gave her side of the story.
‘I’ve repeatedly told him to go out with other people,’ she said in an interview.
They were married when Louise was 27 and he was 23, and their first child, John, was born almost nine months to the day later.
The little boy was just ten months old when Louise made the devastating discovery that would change their lives.
But actually I forswore that right the day Johnny was born. ‘I mentally began to turn our den and patio into a school room and play yard.
Now all we needed were some children and a good teacher.’The famously volatile Tracy-Hepburn relationship went on to become the stuff of Hollywood legend, their off-screen love affair bringing to their movies a chemistry believed by many to be the most convincing in movie history.
A classic brunette beauty known to her family as Weeze, she was a clever and serious young woman who could have been almost anything she wanted: a writer, a journalist, a dancer, a poet. With his strong Irish features and thick, sandy hair, Spencer was unlike any actor she’d ever known.Decades later she would admit: ‘I was in love with Spence, and I believe he was in love with me,’ although she always denied ever having slept with him.By the time Louise got wind of an affair and wrongly suspected Selena, Spencer was involved with the company’s ingénue, a pretty brunette named Betty Hanna.” That was the only time I ever heard him yell at her.I didn’t hear her voice at all.’Three months after John’s diagnosis, Louise finally told Spencer the truth about the boy.