Birth name Gretchen Young NationalityUSA Birth 6 january 1913 at Salt Lake City (USA) Death 12 august 2000 (at 87 years) at Los Angeles (USA) Awards Academy Award for Best Actress
Gretchen Michaela "Loretta" Young (January 6, 1913 – August 12, 2000) was an American actress. Starting as a child actress, she had a long and varied career in film from 1917 to 1953. She won the 1948 best actress Academy Award for her role in the 1947 film The Farmer's Daughter, and received an Oscar nomination for her role in Come to the Stable, in 1949. Young moved to the relatively new medium of television, where she had a dramatic anthology series, The Loretta Young Show, from 1953 to 1961. The series earned three Emmy Awards, and reran successfully on daytime TV and later in syndication. In the 1980s Young returned to the small screen and won a Golden Globe in Christmas Eve in 1986. Young, a devout Roman Catholic, worked with various Catholic charities after her acting career.
Young was married to actor Grant Withers from 1930 to 1931. She married producer Tom Lewis in 1940 and they divorced very bitterly in the mid-1960s; Lewis died in 1988. They had two sons, Peter Lewis (of the San Francisco rock band Moby Grape), and Christopher Lewis, a film director. She married fashion designer Jean Louis in 1993. Louis died in 1997. Young was godmother to Marlo Thomas (daughter of TV star Danny Thomas).
Clark Gable affair
In 1935, Young had a flirtation with then-married Clark Gable, while the actors were working on The Call of the Wild. (Gable was married to Maria "Ria" Franklin Prentiss Lucas Langham.) In 1998, she reportedly told her daughter-in-law that she had been date raped by Gable. Afterword, Young became pregnant, but due to the moral codes placed on the film industry, Young covered up her pregnancy in order to avoid damaging her career (as well as Gable's). When the pregnancy began to show, she went on a "vacation" to England, and several months later returned to California. Shortly before the birth, she gave an interview from her bed, covered in blankets, stating that her long movie absence was due to a condition she'd had since childhood. Young gave birth to Judith Young on November 6, 1935, in a house that she and her mother owned in Venice, California. Three weeks later, she returned to movie making. After several months of living in the house in Venice, Judy was transferred to St. Elizabeth's, an orphanage outside Los Angeles. When she was 19 months old, her grandmother picked her up and Young announced to gossip columnist Louella Parsons that she had adopted the infant. Few in Hollywood were fooled by the ruse, and the child's true parentage was widely rumored in entertainment circles. Young refused to confirm or comment publicly on the rumors until 1999, when Joan Wester Anderson wrote Young's authorized biography. In her interviews with Anderson for the book, Young finally confessed that Judy was her biological child and the product of Young having had a brief affair with Gable. The child was raised as "Judy Lewis", taking the last name of Young's second husband, producer Tom Lewis.
According to Judy Lewis's autobiography Uncommon Knowledge, some people made fun of her because of the prominent ears she had inherited from her father. She states that at seven she had an operation to "pin back" her large ears and that her mother always had her wear bonnets as a child. In 1958, Lewis' future husband Joseph Tinney told her "everybody" knew that Gable was her biological father. The only time Lewis remembered Gable visiting her was once at her home when she was a teenager; she had no idea he was her biological father. Several years later he appeared on The Loretta Young Show after Young had been in hospital for several months. Lewis was an assistant and was right behind her mother when she noticed Gable. They never had a relationship and she never saw him again. Several years later, after becoming a mother herself, Lewis finally confronted her mother, who privately admitted the truth, stating that Judy was "a walking mortal sin".
Loretta Young's daughter-in-law Linda Lewis, wife of Young's son Christopher, said the family stayed silent about the date rape claim until after both Loretta Young and her daughter Judy Lewis had died. The claim was reported in an article in BuzzFeed by Anne Helen Petersen in July 2015.
Young was a lifelong Republican. In 1952, she appeared in radio, print, and magazine ads in support of Dwight D. Eisenhower, and was in attendance at his inauguration along with Anita Louise, Louella Parsons, Jane Russell, Dick Powell, June Allyson, and Lou Costello, among others. In both 1968 and 1980 she was a vocal supporter of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. She was also an active member of the Hollywood Republican Committee with close friend Irene Dunne as well as Ginger Rogers, William Holden, George Murphy, Fred Astaire, and John Wayne.
, 1h23 Directed byJoseph Pevney OriginUSA GenresDrama ActorsLoretta Young, Jeff Chandler, Frances Dee, Alex Nicol, Alexander Scourby, Lynne Roberts Roles Christine Carroll Kimberly Rating66% A sexy blonde, still a little fresh off the farm, Christine Carroll (Loretta Young) is preparing to marry her handsome boyfriend. She finds out too late that her fiancé Mike (Alex Nicol) is a gangster and, once he slips stolen merchandise into her purse, she becomes his unwitting accessory. Though she goes to jail, she is innocent of the crime.
, 1h20 Directed byRudolph Maté OriginUSA GenresDrama ActorsLoretta Young, Kent Smith, Alexander Knox, Tommy Rettig, Will Wright, Will Wright Roles Paula Rogers Rating62% Distraught after her second miscarriage and learning definitively she could never have children, Paula Rogers, while driving at night, accidentally injures a child. Confused and also expected to attend a function that honors her husband, Paula doesn't follow the child to the hospital as she should. She attempts to tell her husband about the incident but has trouble finding the right time.
, 1h14 Directed byTay Garnett OriginUSA GenresDrama, Thriller, Noir, Crime ActorsLoretta Young, Barry Sullivan, Bruce Cowling, Margalo Gillmore, Irving Bacon, Georgia Backus Roles Ellen Jones Rating64% A flashback shows how Ellen met George in a naval hospital during World War II while she was dating his friend, Lieutenant Ranney Grahame (Bruce Cowling), a young military doctor whose busy schedule left little time for her. George was a pilot and Ellen swiftly fell in love with him, although the flashback strongly hints he had some capacity for arrogance and selfishness. Nevertheless, they soon married and after the war wound up in a leafy suburban Los Angeles neighborhood.
, 1h41 Directed byWilliam Dieterle OriginUSA GenresDrama, Noir, Crime ActorsLoretta Young, Robert Cummings, Wendell Corey, Sam Jaffe, Douglas Dick, Sara Allgood Roles Wilma Tuttle Rating67% Wilma Tuttle (Young) is a college professor who arouses the sexual interest of her student Bill Perry (Douglas Dick). When Perry tries to rape Tuttle, she beats him to death with a tire iron. She covers up her crime by making it seem as though Perry was killed while diving into the sea from a precipitous cliff. As she follows the police investigation of Perry's death, Wilma realizes that she'll never be able to escape her conscience, especially when she falls in love with Warren Ford (Cummings), the dead boy's guardian.
, 1h21 Directed byLloyd Bacon OriginUSA GenresComedy, Romance ActorsLoretta Young, Van Johnson, Debra Paget, Rudy Vallée, Barbara Lawrence, Robert Arthur Roles Abigail Fortitude Abbott Rating62% Abby Abbot (Loretta Young) lives in New York City together with her teenage daughter Susan (Betty Lynn). They support themselves with money from a trust fund started by her late husband. An attorney by the name John Heaslip (v) handles the placement of the money, and he sees to it that payment is made every three years. He is also romantically interested in Abby, but she has rejected hs proposals to marry her consistently. Since Abby has already spent all her money from the current lump sum, John informs her that she will have to wait another year for the next payment.
, 1h34 Directed byHenry Koster OriginUSA GenresDrama, Comedy, Comedy-drama ThemesFilms about religion, Children's films ActorsLoretta Young, Celeste Holm, Hugh Marlowe, Elsa Lanchester, Thomas Gomez, Mike Mazurki Roles Sister Margaret Rating71% One winter's night, two French nuns, Sister Margaret and Sister Scholastica, come to the small New England town of Bethlehem (most likely modeled after Bethlehem, Connecticut – given the Abbey of Regina Laudis in that real town and the proximity to New York City), where they meet Amelia Potts, a painter of religious pictures. The Sisters announce that they have come to build a hospital there, and Chicago-born Sister Margaret explains that during the war she was in charge of a children's hospital in Normandy when it became a potential target during a military campaign. As many of the children could not be evacuated, Sister Margaret made a personal plea to an American general not to shell the hospital, which the Germans were using as an observation post. The hospital was spared but at the cost of American lives, and Sister Margaret made a promise to God that, in gratitude for saving the children, she would return to America to build a children's hospital.
, 1h20 Directed byNorman Foster OriginUSA GenresDrama, Adventure, Romance, Western ActorsLoretta Young, William Holden, Robert Mitchum, Tom Tully, Gary Gray, Sara Haden Roles Rachel Harvey Rating69% In colonial America, David Harvey (William Holden), a recent widower living in the wilderness, decides that his young boy Davey (Gary Gray) needs a woman around to help raise him. He goes to the nearest settlement and consults Parson Jackson (Tom Tully). David gets talked into buying the contract of an indentured servant named Rachel (Loretta Young) and marrying her.
, 1h37 Directed byH. C. Potter OriginUSA GenresComedy, Romantic comedy, Romance ThemesThéâtre, Political films, Films based on plays ActorsLoretta Young, Joseph Cotten, Ethel Barrymore, Charles Bickford, Rose Hobart, Rhys Williams Roles Katrin Holstrom Rating71% Katie Holstrom (Loretta Young), a Swedish-American, leaves the family farm to go to nursing school in Capitol City. Barn painter Adolph Petree (Rhys Williams), who had completed a job for Katie's father, offers her a ride, but robs her of her money. Katie, refusing to ask her family for help, goes to work as a maid in the home of political power broker Agatha Morley (Ethel Barrymore) and her son, U.S. Representative Glenn Morley (Joseph Cotten). Soon, she impresses Agatha and her loyal majordomo Joseph Clancey (Charles Bickford) with her refreshing, down-to-earth common sense and Glenn with her other charms.