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On Sat, 4 Jun 1994 [log in to unmask] wrote:
 
> I'am writing the definitive biography of Spencer tracy and am wondering if
> there is any research network out there that might be of use to me.  I've
> covered all the obvious print and archival sources, but am always looking for
> obscure sources I might have overlooked.  Also interested in anuone else out
> there involved in the same sort of research.
>
Yes and no, but mostly no: I'm  writing a short biography on Veronica  Lake
who lead a notoriously tragic life, but  ever since I learned  that Tracy
was an alcoholic, I've often wondered about two things that you could
perhaps answer for me:
 
*Was it mere coincidence or did the studio system contribute to the slow
demise of many of its big stars from the 30's-50's?
 
*In this age of media sensationalism, how did the major studios succeed
in covering up  the antics and maladies of its performers?
 
--Patrick [log in to unmask]
 
BTW,   you might want to mail your response to my address or forward it
to H-FILM--that list deals with the History of Film and is perhaps more
appropriate for biographical discussion. Thanks!