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Louise Tracy was an American actress and pioneer, who became famous for founding the ‘The John Tracy Clinic’

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BirthdayJuly 31, 1897
Died onNovember 13, 1983
NationalityAmerican
FamousFounder of the John Tracy Clinic, Film & Theater Personalities, Actresses
City/StatePennsylvania
SpousesSpencer Tracy
Known asLouise Ten Broeck Treadwell
Childrens 1924 – June 17, 1932 - ), 2007), John Tracy (June 26, Louise ‘Susie’ Treadwell Tracy (July 1
Universities
  • Lake Erie College
  • Painesville
  • Ohio
  • USA
Founder / Co-Founder
  • John Tracy Clinic
Birth PlaceNew Castle, Pennsylvania
GenderFemale
FatherAlliene Wetmore Treadwell
MotherBright Treadwell
Sun SignLeo
Born inNew Castle, Pennsylvania
Famous asFounder of The John Tracy Clinic
Died at Age86

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Who is Louise Tracy?

Louise Tracy or Louise Ten Broeck Treadwell was an American actress and pioneer, who became famous for founding the ‘The John Tracy Clinic’ in Los Angeles, California. She was also the wife of Oscar winning actor Spencer Tracy. It was her work with children with hearing loss, through her clinic, that gave her an iconic status in the USA. The idea for the clinic stemmed from the personal tragedy of son, John Tracy, being born with no hearing abilities. Her contributions were recognized with several awards throughout her lifetime including the ‘Hearing Advancement Award’ from the ‘Lions Club Hearing Foundation’ and the ‘Sixth Annual Award of the Save the Children Foundation’. She was also a member of the ‘National Advisory Council on Vocational Rehabilitation’ in the USA. Louise garnered the admiration of one and all. Perhaps, it’s Spencer’s own testimony that sums up her life the best, “...there's nothing I've ever done that can match what Louise has done for deaf children and their parents”.

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Career & Fame

After graduating with honors from the Lake Erie College, in Painesville, Ohio, Louis Treadwell started to take acting seriously. She started her career on stage and in March 1923, got her first major break. She was signed as a leading lady by Leonard Wood Players in White Plains, New York. Her career was on the rise and around the same time she met actor Spencer Tracy while traveling on a train. Spencer’s charm and their instant chemistry led them to fall in love and they got married in 1923. She officially became known as Louise Tracy.

The couple welcomed their first child John on June 26, 1924, who was diagnosed with no hearing abilities. Her determination to help John, received a boost when in 1926, she met a deaf woman who could lip read and speak. Louise took John to another doctor who diagnosed that he could still learn to talk and lip read. Filled with hope, Louise devoted all of her efforts to teaching John. After three years in 1927, John said his first word ‘Mama’ and was admitted to the ‘Wright Oral School’ for the hearing impaired in New York City.

Her married life with Spencer Tracy was already beginning to unravel, due to his numerous adulterous affairs with other actresses. In spite of all the unhappiness in her personal life, Louise Tracy became an expert in the education of children suffering from hearing loss. She also got involved with organizations involved with raising funds and awareness about children with deafness. Her speech in 1942 at the ‘University of Southern California’ describing the experiences of raising and educating a deaf child, led to requests by other parents to help them.

This eventually led to the formation of the ‘The John Tracy Clinic’ a free and non-profit organization to help parents and children. Louise was the director of the clinic and established many of its core ideals. Spencer Tracy donated more than half a million dollars throughout his lifetime to the clinic. Although she left the position of Director in October 1974, due to her failing health, her contributions earned her numerous awards and recognitions until her death in 1983.

Awards & Recognitions

In 1953, Louise Tracy was awarded the ‘Testimonial of Merit/Woman of the Year’ award from the ‘La Sertoma International’ organization. Besides receiving honorary degrees from the ‘Northwestern University’, ‘Lake Erie College’ etc. she was also given a ‘Doctor of Letters degree’ from ‘Gallaudet College’ in 1966. Louise also received ‘Doctor of Humane Letters’ degrees from both ‘Whitworth College’ (1974), and ‘Rippon College’ (1976).

In 1963, Louise Tracy became part of the ‘Neurological and Sensory Disease Advisory Committee’ of the ‘HEW’ and in 1965, she was appointed a member of the ‘National Advisory Board’ of the ‘NTID’ in the USA. The same year she was given a four-year term as part of the ‘National Advisory Council on Vocational Rehabilitation’. In 1969, she was a part of the ‘President's Task Force on the Physically Handicapped’. Before her death, Louise was also awarded the ‘1974 Award of Honor Otolaryngology’ and the 1977 ‘Humanitarian Award’ by ‘AMVETS’.

Personal Life

Louise Tracy was born Louise Ten Broeck Treadwell to parents Alliene Wetmore Treadwell and Bright Treadwell on July 31, 1897, in New Castle, Pennsylvania, USA. She was married to actor Spencer Tracy from September 12, 1923, until his death on June 10, 1967. Although they never divorced, they were estranged a majority of their marriage. The couple’s first son, John was born on June 26, 1924, and passed away on June 17, 2007. Their daughter, Susie Tracy was born on July 1, 1932. Louise Tracy passed away on November 13, 1983.

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Louise Tracy biography timelines

  • // 31st Jul 1897 To 1983
    Louise Tracy was born Louise Ten Broeck Treadwell to parents Alliene Wetmore Treadwell and Bright Treadwell on July 31, 1897, in New Castle, Pennsylvania, USA. She was married to actor Spencer Tracy from September 12, 1923, until his death on June 10, 1967. Although they never divorced, they were estranged a majority of their marriage. The couple’s first son, John was born on June 26, 1924, and passed away on June 17, 2007. Their daughter, Susie Tracy was born on July 1, 1932. Louise Tracy passed away on November 13, 1983.
  • // Mar 1923
    After graduating with honors from the Lake Erie College, in Painesville, Ohio, Louis Treadwell started to take acting seriously. She started her career on stage and in March 1923, got her first major break. She was signed as a leading lady by Leonard Wood Players in White Plains, New York. Her career was on the rise and around the same time she met actor Spencer Tracy while traveling on a train. Spencer’s charm and their instant chemistry led them to fall in love and they got married in 1923. She officially became known as Louise Tracy.
  • // 1926
    The couple welcomed their first child John on June 26, 1924, who was diagnosed with no hearing abilities. Her determination to help John, received a boost when in 1926, she met a deaf woman who could lip read and speak. Louise took John to another doctor who diagnosed that he could still learn to talk and lip read. Filled with hope, Louise devoted all of her efforts to teaching John. After three years in 1927, John said his first word ‘Mama’ and was admitted to the ‘Wright Oral School’ for the hearing impaired in New York City.
  • // 1942
    Her married life with Spencer Tracy was already beginning to unravel, due to his numerous adulterous affairs with other actresses. In spite of all the unhappiness in her personal life, Louise Tracy became an expert in the education of children suffering from hearing loss. She also got involved with organizations involved with raising funds and awareness about children with deafness. Her speech in 1942 at the ‘University of Southern California’ describing the experiences of raising and educating a deaf child, led to requests by other parents to help them.
  • // 1953
    In 1953, Louise Tracy was awarded the ‘Testimonial of Merit/Woman of the Year’ award from the ‘La Sertoma International’ organization. Besides receiving honorary degrees from the ‘Northwestern University’, ‘Lake Erie College’ etc. she was also given a ‘Doctor of Letters degree’ from ‘Gallaudet College’ in 1966. Louise also received ‘Doctor of Humane Letters’ degrees from both ‘Whitworth College’ (1974), and ‘Rippon College’ (1976).
  • // 1963
    In 1963, Louise Tracy became part of the ‘Neurological and Sensory Disease Advisory Committee’ of the ‘HEW’ and in 1965, she was appointed a member of the ‘National Advisory Board’ of the ‘NTID’ in the USA. The same year she was given a four-year term as part of the ‘National Advisory Council on Vocational Rehabilitation’. In 1969, she was a part of the ‘President's Task Force on the Physically Handicapped’. Before her death, Louise was also awarded the ‘1974 Award of Honor Otolaryngology’ and the 1977 ‘Humanitarian Award’ by ‘AMVETS’.
  • // Oct 1974 To 1983
    This eventually led to the formation of the ‘The John Tracy Clinic’ a free and non-profit organization to help parents and children. Louise was the director of the clinic and established many of its core ideals. Spencer Tracy donated more than half a million dollars throughout his lifetime to the clinic. Although she left the position of Director in October 1974, due to her failing health, her contributions earned her numerous awards and recognitions until her death in 1983.

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  • What is Louise Tracy birthday?

    Louise Tracy was born at 1897-07-31

  • When was Louise Tracy died?

    Louise Tracy was died at 1983-11-13

  • Which age was Louise Tracy died?

    Louise Tracy was died at age 86

  • Where is Louise Tracy's birth place?

    Louise Tracy was born in New Castle, Pennsylvania

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    Louise Tracy's nationalities is American

  • Who is Louise Tracy spouses?

    Louise Tracy's spouses is Spencer Tracy

  • Who is Louise Tracy childrens?

    Louise Tracy's childrens is 1924 – June 17, 1932 - ), 2007), John Tracy (June 26, Louise ‘Susie’ Treadwell Tracy (July 1

  • What was Louise Tracy universities?

    Louise Tracy studied at Lake Erie College, Painesville, Ohio, USA

  • Which company or organization was founded by Louise Tracy?

    Louise Tracy was the founder/co-founder of John Tracy Clinic

  • Who is Louise Tracy's father?

    Louise Tracy's father is Alliene Wetmore Treadwell

  • Who is Louise Tracy's mother?

    Louise Tracy's mother is Bright Treadwell

  • What is Louise Tracy's sun sign?

    Louise Tracy is Leo

  • How famous is Louise Tracy?

    Louise Tracy is famouse as Founder of The John Tracy Clinic