5 April

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Spencer Tracy Took to the Stage Today

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Spencer Cocktail

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Spencer Bonaventure Tracy, one of Hollywood’s greatest male lead actors, and a man whose naturalistic acting style put him decades ahead of his time, entered the world in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on this day in 1900.

Spencer's work, which he resolutely refused to glamorise, stating that the art of great acting was to "learn your lines", would secure him nine Oscar nominations.

The Spencer Cocktail, a mellifluous, fruity harmony of apricot, orange and gin, isn't named for Tracy - it appears in Harry Craddock's 1930 The Savoy Cocktail Book, written before Tracy hit the big time. But it does make an excellent tribute to the man who was the love of Katharine Hepburn's life.

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