How much of an age difference was there between Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn?

Spencer Tracy is 7 years older than Katharine Hepburn.

Spencer Tracy was born on April 5, 1900, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He starred in film classics like Father of the Bride, Inherit the Wind, Judgment at Nuremberg and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. He frequently collaborated with actress Katharine Hepburn, with whom he was romantically linked.

Tracy ultimately received nine Academy Award nominations, winning for Captains Courageous and Boys Town.

Katharine Hepburn was born on May 12, 1907, in Hartford, Connecticut. She became an unlikely Hollywood star in the 1930s with her beauty, wit, and the eccentric strength with which she imbued each character in a career that lasted more than six decades.

Tracy and Hepburn shared a palpable, electric chemistry on the screen and off it. The pair fell deeply in love while making their first film together; their relationship lasted 27 years, even though Tracy was already married and refused to divorce his estranged wife.

Hepburn and Tracy's unwed romance had its ups and downs, but Hepburn put her career on hold for five years beginning in 1962 to nurse Tracy through the illness that would ultimately take his life on June 10, 1967, just days after the pair completed their last film together, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.

Katharine Hepburn died on June 29, 2003, at the age of 96 in the same house in which she had grown up.

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