There has always been speculation that bachelorette Katharine Hepburn liked women a whole lot and that something was suspect about her relationship with Spencer Tracy, but in a new book, Kate: The Woman Who Was Hepburn, by film historian William J Mann, people who were champing at the bit for Hepburn to die so they could blab freely, confirm that Tracy and Hepburn were “sexually complicated” and simply bisexual. Tracy, it seems, had quite the life outside his loveless 43-year marriage to Louise Treadwell and platonic relationship with Kate.
It was at gay director George Cukor’s estate that he met a Hollywood hustler identified as “Scotty,” a mechanic who staffed his gas station with “handsome young bucks, just home from the war” who for $20 were “happy to wash their hands (or not) and take a trip with a client to the back room,” Mann writes. “Tracy would always be drinking when I arrived,” Scotty told Mann. “He’d get so loaded. He’d sit there at the table drinking from five o’clock in the afternoon until two in the morning, when he’d fall onto the bed and ask me to join him. … And in the morning he’d act like nothing happened.”
We’re sure the book fills in that ellipsis after “join him” and before “And in the morning….” (Rush & Molloy)