Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy

If Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy seemed like a convincing couple onscreen, it’s because they carried out a long love affair offscreen, as well — while appearing in nine films together, including 1942’s Woman of the Year (above), their first production together.

A little bit of sneaking around kept things exciting: As a Catholic, Tracy did not want to divorce his wife, Louise. But after Louise Tracy’s death in 1983, Hepburn acknowledged the decades-long open secret of her and Spencer Tracy’s love.

Their final film together was the 1967 classic Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. Tracy died shortly after its completion.

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