Dana Kennedy
May 23, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

An Affair To Remember

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
119 minutes
performer
Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Richard Denning, Robert Q. Lewis, Cathleen Nesbitt
director
Leo McCarey
distributor
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
author
Delmer Daves, Leo McCarey
genre
Romance

We gave it a B+

Nicely timed to Katharine Hepburn’s 90th birthday on May 12, Christopher Andersen’s tale, An Affair to Remember, thoroughly chronicles the oft-told, rarely analyzed 26-year affair between Hepburn and the married Spencer Tracy. To Andersen’s credit, though a Hepburn fan — he named a daughter Kate — he doesn’t whitewash Tracy’s drinking binges, his violent outbursts, his verbal abuse, and Hepburn’s seemingly masochistic embrace of him. Though Andersen insists that Hepburn wasn’t a victim, that the two brought out the best in each other, his description of her as Tracy’s ”nursemaid” makes you think the book’s subtitle should be Smart Women, Foolish Choices. B+

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