Louise Treadwell
Louise Treadwell
Louise Treadwell, widow of actor Spencer Tracy, whose birthname was Louise Ten Broeck Treadwell, was the founder of the John Tracy Clinic, a private, non-profit education center for the deaf that she began in the year 1942.
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Grand jury returns 200 indictments - Randolph Leader
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The accident resulted in serious injuries to Pedgraza and the other driver, Quinton Lanard Heard, 26, of 1089 Cooledge St., Wadley, and his passenger, Mary Louise Treadwell of 33129 Hwy. 431, Roanoke. Indicted on enticing a child to enter a dwelling
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Spencer Tracy, Hollywood priest - The Catholic Review
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Tracy never resolved his real-life conflicts about his faith: Though his Catholic sensibilities – perhaps along with other factors – prevented him from divorcing his wife, actress Louise Treadwell, with whom he had two children, he nonetheless engaged
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Man charged in April accident - Randolph Leader
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The accident happened near Walker's Service Station on US 431 North and resulted in serious injuries to Mata and a second driver, Quinton Lanard Heard, 26, of 1089 Cooledge St., Wadley, and his passenger, Mary Louise Treadwell of 33129 Hwy
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Logró Spencer Tracy éxito con prolífica carrera cinematográfica - Info7
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Al año siguiente se casó con Louise Treadwell, de quien legalmente nunca se separó, toda vez que prefirió la infidelidad al divorcio debido a su educación católica. En 1930 el director John Ford le ofreció un contrato, luego de apreciar las capacidades
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Louise Treadwell Tracy, 87; Actor's Widow Started Clinic
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Louise Treadwell Tracy, widow of the actor Spencer Tracy and founder of the John Tracy Clinic for the hearing-impaired, died Sunday after a long illness. She was 87 years old. Mrs. Tracy, born in New Castle, Pa., met Tracy the day both showed up as performers in a stock company in White Plains. They were married in 1923; separated after about 10
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Louise Treadwell
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1983
    Age 86
    Died on November 13, 1983.
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  • 1977
    Age 80
    And in 1977, she was given the Humanitarian Award by the National Auxiliary of AMVETS.
    More Details Hide Details Louise Tracy died at 87 after a lengthy illness.
  • 1975
    Age 78
    In 1975, she received the Father Flanagan Award for Service to Youth from Boys Town.
    More Details Hide Details The next year she was granted yet another honorary degree, this time a Doctor of Humane Letters from Ripon College in Wisconsin.
  • 1974
    Age 77
    She was presented with the 1974 Award of Honor Otolaryngology the same month she resigned from the Clinic, and that same year was granted a Doctor of Humane Letters from Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington.
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    Louise resigned as Director of the Clinic in October 1974 due to ill health.
    More Details Hide Details However, the honors continued to roll in for this dedicated woman, whose "mothers' group" had become the largest single service provider to parents of deaf children around the world.
  • 1966
    Age 69
    Gallaudet College, the only college for the deaf in the United States, honored her with a Doctor of Letters degree in 1966.
    More Details Hide Details The John Tracy Clinic continued to expand in the 1970s.
  • 1963
    Age 66
    She was appointed a member of the Neurological and Sensory Disease Advisory Committee of HEW in 1963; member of the National Advisory Board of the National technical Institute for the Deaf in 1965; and a member of the President's Task Force on the Physically Handicapped in 1969.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1956
    Age 59
    Louise was also lauded in academic circles. In quick succession, she was granted honorary degrees from Northwestern University, University of Southern California, Lake Erie College, and MacMurray College. And on the national level, in 1956 she was appointed to a four-year term as a member of the National Advisory Council on Vocational Rehabilitation.
    More Details Hide Details Louise Tracy's influence in governmental circles continued in the 1960s.
  • 1951
    Age 54
    Louise Tracy was honored with many awards during the 1950s, including the 1951 Hearing Advancement Award from the Hearing Foundation, the Testimonial of Merit/Woman of the Year award from La Sertoma International in 1953, and the Sixth Annual Award of the Save the Children Foundation for 1955.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1942
    Age 45
    In July 1942, Louise Tracy spoke for the first time on her experience as the mother of a deaf child at the University of Southern California at a banquet for the National Workshop of Social Workers and teachers and Parents of the Hard of Hearing.
    More Details Hide Details Louise spoke frequently and with increasing skill to numerous clubs and groups. It was during this time, that she and a group of mothers of deaf children decided to start a school for young deaf children and their parents. The John Tracy Clinic, named after the Tracys' son, was the result. During the first years of the John Tracy Clinic, and particularly the first few months, Louise established many of the aspects of the Clinic's philosophy. She stressed the importance of parents being involved in the education of their children at a very young age and set up a program for them. Louise firmly believed that the Clinic should offer not only information but also support. And she insisted that the services be offered free of charge. Louise's husband supported her work with the Clinic and in fact was its sole financial support in the beginning. In April 1951, he turned the world premiere of his new film, Father's Little Dividend, at the Egyptian Theater into a building fund-raiser for the Clinic's new site. Spencer's support was always strong, and over the years he personally donated more than a half a million dollars to the Clinic's work. His admiration for his wife was another constant. At the dedication of the new Clinic building, which was completed in 1952, he said to the visiting dignitaries, staff and press: "You honor me because I am a movie actor, a star in Hollywood terms.
    Throughout their marriage, Spencer had engaged in numerous affairs with actresses Loretta Young, Joan Crawford, Myrna Loy, Ingrid Bergman and Gene Tierney, and in 1942, Spencer Tracy co-starred with the actress Katharine Hepburn in Woman of the Year. The pair famously began a long-term romantic relationship that lasted until Spencer's death in 1967.
    More Details Hide Details During this time, Spencer and Louise became estranged but never divorced.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1926
    Age 29
    Early in 1926 Louise met a deaf woman at a bridge party, who could lip read so well that Louise was encouraged that John might be able to have a normal life, in spite of his deafness.
    More Details Hide Details She took her son to a well-known specialist who confirmed a diagnosis of nerve deafness and told her that even though there was nothing medical intervention could do, John could learn how to talk and lip read and do anything a hearing person can do. With new hope, Mrs. Tracy began working with John, using material from different schools. In 1927, John spoke aloud "Mama" for the first time. In June 1927, John was enrolled in the Wright Oral School. At three years of age, he was the youngest child they had ever accepted. In the summer of 1930, Spencer Tracy went to Hollywood to make his first film. John and Louise also traveled to Hollywood while Spencer was filming. On the train back to New York, John was struck with infantile paralysis. In July 1932, the Tracys' daughter, Susie, was born, and by March 1935 the family moved to a ranch in Encino, California, where they lived for 19 years. During the 1930s, Louise and Spencer both began playing polo and became accomplished polo players.
  • 1924
    Age 27
    On June 26, 1924, John, Louise and Spencer's first child, was born.
    More Details Hide Details Ten months later Louise discovered her son was deaf.
  • 1923
    Age 26
    In early March 1923, Louise joined the Leonard Wood Players in White Plains, New York, which engaged her as the leading lady. There she met Spencer Tracy, who had also joined the company. On September 12, 1923, they were married in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1915
    Age 18
    In 1915, Louise Treadwell enrolled at Lake Erie College and graduated with honors.
    More Details Hide Details During the next several years she pursued an acting career as a stage actor, primarily in stock companies.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1896
    Born
    Born on July 31, 1896.
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