Loretta Young

Actor
After the rigors of a convent education interrupted her nascent career (she had broken into film as a bit player at the age of three), Loretta Young resurfaced at age 14 to play a supporting role in "Naughty But Nice" ... Read more »
Born: 01/06/1913 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Filmography

Actor (71)

Legends in Light 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

Going Hollywood: The War Years 1987 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Loretta Young Show 1962 - 1963 (TV Show)

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The Loretta Young Theater 1953 - 1962 (TV Show)

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A Letter to Loretta 1953 - 1954 (TV Show)

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Cause For Alarm 1951 (Movie)

Ellen Jones (Actor)

Along Came Jones 1945 (Movie)

Cherry de Longpre (Actor)

China 1942 (Movie)

Carolyn Grant (Actor)

The Lady From Cheyenne 1940 (Movie)

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Eternally Yours 1938 (Movie)

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Kentucky 1937 (Movie)

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Suez 1937 (Movie)

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Ramona 1935 (Movie)

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The Call of the Wild 1934 (Movie)

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The Crusades 1934 (Movie)

Berengaria - Princess of Navarre (Actor)

A Man's Castle 1932 (Movie)

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The Life of Jimmy Dolan 1932 (Movie)

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Zoo in Budapest 1932 (Movie)

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Three Girls Lost 1930 (Movie)

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Too Young to Marry 1930 (Movie)

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Laugh, Clown, Laugh 1927 (Movie)

Simonette (Actor)

And Now Tomorrow (Movie)

Emily Blair (Actor)

Beau Ideal (Movie)

Isabel Brandon (Actor)

Big Business Girl (Movie)

Claire McIntyre (Actor)

Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back (Movie)

Lola Field (Actor)

Cafe Metropole (Movie)

Laura Ridgeway (Actor)

Christmas Eve (TV Show)

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Clive of India (Movie)

Margaret Maskelyne Clive (Actor)

Come to the Stable (Movie)

Sister Margaret (Actor)

Employees' Entrance (Movie)

Madeline West (Actor)

Fast Life (Movie)

Patricia Mason (Actor)

Four Men and a Prayer (Movie)

Lynn Cherrington (Actor)

Half Angel (Movie)

Nora (Actor)

He Stayed for Breakfast (Movie)

Marianne Duval (Actor)

Her Wild Oat (Movie)

Bit Part (Actor)

Heroes for Sale (Movie)

Ruth Loring (Actor)

I Like Your Nerve (Movie)

Larry O'Brien (Actor)

Key to the City (Movie)

Clarissa Standish (Actor)

Kismet (Movie)

Marsinah (Actor)

Ladies Courageous (Movie)

Roberta Harper (Actor)

Ladies in Love (Movie)

Susie Schmidt (Actor)

Lady in a Corner (TV Show)

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Loose Ankles (Movie)

Ann Harper Berry (Actor)

Love Is News (Movie)

Tony Gateson (Actor)

Love under Fire (Movie)

Myra Cooper (Actor)

Midnight Mary (Movie)

Mary Martin (Actor)

Mother Is a Freshman (Movie)

Abigail "Abby" Fortitude Abbott (Actor)

Paula (TV Show)

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Platinum Blonde (Movie)

Gallagher (Actor)

Private Number (Movie)

Ellen Neal (Actor)

Rachel and the Stranger (Movie)

Rachel Harvey (Actor)

Road to Paradise (Movie)

Margaret Waring (Actor)

Scarlet Seas (Movie)

Margaret Barbour (Actor)

Second Honeymoon (Movie)

Vicky Benton (Actor)

She Had to Say Yes (Movie)

Florence Denny (Actor)

The Devil to Pay (Movie)

Dorothy Hope (Actor)

The Devil's in Love (Movie)

Margot Lesesne (Actor)

The Doctor Takes a Wife (Movie)

June Cameron (Actor)

The Farmer's Daughter (Movie)

Katrin Holstrom (Actor)

The Girl in the Glass Cage (Movie)

Gladys Cosgrove (Actor)

The Hatchet Man (Movie)

Toya San (Actor)

The House of Rothschild (Movie)

Julie Rothschild (Actor)

The Men in Her Life (Movie)

Lina Varsavina (Actor)

The Perfect Marriage (Movie)

Maggie Williams (Actor)

The Ruling Voice (Movie)

Gloria Bannister (Actor)

The Sheik (Movie)

Arab Child (Actor)

The Story of Alexander Graham Bell (Movie)

Mabel Hubbard Bell (Actor)

The Stranger (Movie)

Mary Longstreet (Actor)

The Unguarded Hour (Movie)

Lady Helen Deardon (Actor)

The White Parade (Movie)

June Arden (Actor)

Wife, Doctor and Nurse (Movie)

Ina Lewis (Actor)

Biography

After the rigors of a convent education interrupted her nascent career (she had broken into film as a bit player at the age of three), Loretta Young resurfaced at age 14 to play a supporting role in "Naughty But Nice" (1927), netting herself a contract with First National (the precursor of Warner Brothers).

Relationships

Sally Blane Actor

Sibling
Born on July 11, 1910 died on August 27, 1997

Clark Gable Actor

Companion
worked together in "The Call of the Wild" (1935) Young became pregnant with daughter Judy Lewis, gave birth to child and later claimed she was adopted

Christopher Lewis

Son
born on August 1, 1944 father, Thomas Lewis

Judy Lewis Actor

Daughter
Born Nov. 6, 1935; father, Clark Gable; was led to believe that she was adopted by Young until she was an adult; reportedly Young refused to confirm the story even to her daughter; Lewis believed she was adopted until she learned the truth of her parentage as an adult Relationship Events

Peter Lewis

Son
born on July 15, 1945 father, Thomas Lewis

Tom Lewis Actor

Wife

John Lindley

Brother
born on October 7, 1914 died on December 2, 1997

Jean Louis Actor

Husband
Married Aug. 10, 1993 until his death April 20, 1997

Spencer Tracy Actor

Companion
worked with Young in Frank Borzage's "Man's Castle" (1933) couple fell in love but both were Catholic and Tracy was unable to divorce his wife

Grant Withers Actor

Husband
Eloped 1930; she was 17 years old when married

Polly Young

Sister
born on October 25, 1908 died on January 21, 1997

Georgiana Young

Half-Sister
born on September 30, 1923 married actor Ricardo Montalban

EDUCATION

Ramona Convent

Alhambra , California

Immaculate Heart College

Los Angeles , California

Milestones

1989

Final acting role, the NBC TV-movie "Lady in a Corner"

1986

Returned to acting after a 23-year retirement to perform the leading role in the TV-movie, "Christmas Eve" (NBC)

1972

Won suit against NBC for unlawful syndication of her TV shows; award $600,000

1963

"Retired" from acting; devoted time and energies to Catholic charities

1954

Began starring in own TV show; "The Loretta Young Show" ended its run on NBC in 1961, and for its last season (1962-1963) aired on CBS; awarded three Emmy Awards

1953

Last feature film, "It Happens Every Thursday"

1949

Earned second Oscar nomination for "Come to the Stable", playing a nun out to establish a children's hospital

1948

Offered fine turn as the indentured servant wife of a farmer in "Rachel and the Stranger", co-starring Robert Mitchum and William Holden

1947

Had perhaps best-known screen role as a Swedish woman who runs for Congress in "The Farmer's Daughter"; won Best Actress Academy Award

1947

Starred in the title role of the fantasy "The Bishop's Wife"

1946

Cast as the unsuspecting newlywed wife of a refugee Nazi war criminal in "The Stranger", directed by and starring Orson Welles

1940

Played an actress who wants to retire but whose playwright husband doesn't want her to in "Bedtime Story"

1940

When contract with Fox expired, worked freelance

1939

Acted alongside her three sisters in the biopic "The Story of Alexander Graham Bell"

1938

Appeared in "Kentucky"

1935

Starred opposite Clark Gable in "The Call of the Wild"; the stars engaged in a love affair that resulted in Young's pregnancy and the birth of daughter Judy

1934

Signed with Fox when Daryl F Zanuck moved from Warner Bros.

1931

Was featured in "Platinum Blonde", directed by Frank Capra

1929

Made singing debut in "The Show of Shows"

1927

Film acting debut at age 14, in "Naughty But Nice"; director Mervyn LeRoy originally wanted sister Polly Ann but she was unavailable; Gretchen (later dubbed Loretta), asked for, and got, the job

Moved to Hollywood at age three; began to appear in films as an extra and in bit roles

Had dispute with Zanuck and was briefly blacklisted until Harry Cohn signed her with Columbia Pictures; eventually made peace with Zanuck

"Naughty But Nice" led to contract with First National; changed name to Loretta Young

While attending convent school, was not allowed to appear in films

Between ages three and eight, made uncredited appearances in several silent films

Bonus Trivia

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While there are claims that Young was the first Oscar-winning actress to also win an Emmy, that is untrue. Helen Hayes holds that distinction.

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About working in "Old Hollywood", Loretta Young told The New York Times (March 30, 1995): "We were all under contract to studios, which took good care of of you; even told you who you could and couldn't go out with. Now, at the time we thought that was a terrible thing, but actually it was not."

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Young collaborated with Edward J Funk on an as yet unpublished biography that took some five years to complete.

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"I've always been very susceptible to men, and some of them [her co-stars] were gorgeous. I was reared with women and understand everything about them. And I love them in spite of themselves. Men, I don't know anything about really." --Young quoted in The New York Times, March 30, 1995.

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