36 Facts About Loretta Young


Loretta Young won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the film The Farmer's Daughter, and received her second Academy Award nomination for her role in Come to the Stable.


Young moved to the relatively new medium of television, where she had a dramatic anthology series, The Loretta Young Show, from 1953 to 1961.


Loretta Young was born Gretchen Young in Salt Lake City, Utah, the daughter of Gladys and John Earle Young.


Ida had no children, and wanted to carry on her husband's name, proposing that she adopt young John Royal Loretta Young, educating him as a lawyer like her husband.


Loretta Young was signed to a contract by John McCormick, husband and manager of actress Colleen Moore, who saw the young girl's potential.


Moore gave her the name Loretta Young, explaining that it was the name of her favorite doll.


Loretta Young was billed as Gretchen Loretta Young in the silent film Sirens of the Sea.


Loretta Young was first billed as Loretta Young in 1928, in The Whip Woman.


Loretta Young made as many as eight movies a year, and her films in the 1940s were among the most prestigious and well-remembered of her career.


In 1946, Loretta Young made The Stranger, in which she plays a small-town American woman who unknowingly marries a Nazi fugitive.


Loretta Young took the director's side, even getting her agent on the phone to take Welles' side.


In 1947, Loretta Young won an Oscar for her performance in The Farmer's Daughter, a political comedy that required her to learn a Swedish accent.


Loretta Young's trademark was a dramatic entrance through a living room door in various high-fashion evening gowns.


Loretta Young returned at the program's conclusion to offer a brief passage from the Bible or a famous quote that reflected upon the evening's story.


The title was changed to The Loretta Young Show during the first season, and the "letter" concept was dropped at the end of the second season.


In 1988, Loretta Young received the Women in Film Crystal Award for outstanding women who through their endurance and the excellence of their work helped expand the role of women in the entertainment industry.


Loretta Young has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: one for her work in television, at 6135 Hollywood Boulevard, and the other for her work in motion pictures, at 6100 Hollywood Boulevard.


In 1993, Loretta Young married for the third and final time, to the fashion designer Jean Louis.


Loretta Young did not want to damage her career or Gable's.


Loretta Young knew that if Twentieth Century Pictures found out about the pregnancy, they would pressure her to have an abortion; Young, a devout Catholic, considered abortion a mortal sin.


When Loretta Young's pregnancy began to advance, she went on a "vacation" to England.


Loretta Young gave birth to a daughter, Judith, on November 6,1935, in Venice, California.


Loretta Young named Judith after St Jude because he was the patron saint of difficult situations.


Judith spent the next 19 months in various "hideaways and orphanages" before being re-united with her mother; Loretta Young then claimed that she had adopted Judith.


When Lewis was 31 years old, she confronted Loretta Young about her parentage; Loretta Young privately admitted that she was Lewis's birth mother, stating that Lewis was "a walking mortal sin".


Loretta Young refused to confirm or comment publicly on the rumors until 1999, when Joan Wester Anderson wrote Loretta Young's authorized biography.


In interviews with Anderson for the book, Loretta Young stated that Lewis was her biological child and the product of a brief affair with Gable.


Loretta Young was a vocal supporter of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan in their presidential campaigns in 1968 and 1980, respectively.


Loretta Young was an active member of the Hollywood Republican Committee, with her close friends Irene Dunne, Ginger Rogers, William Holden, George Murphy, Fred Astaire, and John Wayne.


Loretta Young was a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills, and the Catholic Motion Picture Guild in Beverly Hills, California.


Loretta Young briefly came out of retirement to star in two television films: Christmas Eve, and Lady in a Corner.


Loretta Young won a Golden Globe Award for the former, and was nominated for the latter.


Loretta Young testified that her image had been damaged by portraying her in "outdated gowns".


Loretta Young died of ovarian cancer on August 12,2000, at the home of her maternal half-sister, Georgiana Loretta Young in Los Angeles, California.


Loretta Young was interred in the family plot in Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.


Loretta Young's ashes were buried in the grave of her mother, Gladys Belzer.