April 20, 1993 |
Walking through a darkened tunnel at the Forum, Don Chaney wears a starched white shirt, a patterned silk tie and a gray suit somber enough to match the mood of the Detroit Pistons. This is a team going nowhere fast and Chaney, an assistant coach, is along for the ride. Not far away, John Tracy is at work on a brightly lighted sound stage at Lorimar Studios.
May 16, 1991 |
It's a little-known fact--the largest private deaf education organizations in Los Angeles are really twins, oddly separated at birth. Although the John Tracy Clinic, founded in 1942, is certainly older than TRIPOD, both organizations were founded to educate the deaf, but they part ways on how best to do that. Both have courted and won the hearts of Hollywood in terms of monetary support.
November 30, 1988
Audry R. Caldwell, 91, the last surviving member of the John Tracy Clinic's board of directors. In 1942, Mrs. Caldwell, Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Tracy, Walt Disney and sportsman and attorney Neil S. McCarthy started the Los Angeles-based clinic to serve families with young deaf children. Her husband, Orville, who died in 1967, was deputy mayor of Los Angeles. In Santa Barbara on Nov. 2.
September 26, 2011 |
According to James Curtis, author of the new 1,056-page "Spencer Tracy: A Biography," it could have been actress Loretta Young who became the love of Tracy's life, not Katharine Hepburn, his partner for 26 years with whom he made nine films. Tracy and Young, both Catholics, began their romance while working together on the 1933 Depression-era drama "A Man's Castle. " Though Tracy was married to Louise Treadwell, the illicit pair would go to Mass and confessions together. "I think they were drawn together because of the shared bond of faith," said Curtis, who spent six years on the book, drawing from Tracy's own papers and obtaining the cooperation of the actor's daughter, Susie Tracy.
October 14, 1985
James H. Garrity has been appointed director of the John Tracy Clinic. The appointment, made by the board of directors, was effective Sept. 1. Garrity succeeds Edgar L. Lowell who recently retired after 31 years of service to the deaf community. The Los Angeles-based clinic, founded in 1942 by Mrs. Spencer Tracy, is a private, nonprofit educational center that serves deaf preschool children and their parents. Information about clinic services is available by calling (213) 748-5481.
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December 4, 1986 |
The late actor Cary Grant left the bulk of his estate to his widow, Barbara Harris Grant, and his only child, 20-year-old Jennifer, according to terms of his will filed in Santa Monica Probate Court on Wednesday. Grant, celebrated for his wit and charm during a career that spanned generations, died Saturday night in Davenport, Iowa, of a massive stroke. He was 82. His will gave his four-acre Beverly Hills estate and its contents to his wife, whom Grant married in 1981.