Norah Tracey was born in England on December 10, 1903. She led an active social life, especially in the 1920's, attending events at the Kit Kat and 500 clubs. Tracey enjoyed travel abroad; however, like many women of her time who were without independent or a husband's income, she struggled with financial problems. During the late twenties and early thirties, Tracey earned a living making linen travel clothing for women and renovating apartments for rent or sale. During World War II, Tracey served as temporary assistant at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C. At various times, Tracey suffered from poor health, perhaps complicated by a fear of poisoning. She spent some time in the London Clinic during the war. In spite personal problems, Tracey was able to maintain a wide social circle as evidenced by the copious correspondence from friends in Hollywood, Washington, D.C., France, South Africa, and England.