Loretta Young

Happy LorettaYoungbirthday to actress Loretta Young, born Jan. 6, 1913 in Salt Lake City, UT. When Young was three years old, her mother moved Loretta and her two older sisters to Hollywood, where all three siblings worked as child actors. Young had small parts in a handful of silent films but her film career was put on hold while she attended school and helped her mother run a boarding house. She returned to acting in the late 1920s and through her combination of drive, ambition, and beauty, quickly started getting lead roles. In 1935, she appeared opposite Clark Gable in Call of the Wild. While filming, she and Gable had an affair, which resulted in Young getting pregnant, but she was able to hide the pregnancy and have the child without damaging her career. Young went on to appear in over 45 films from 1935 to 1953, and won a Best Actress Academy Award for her role in The Farmer’s Daughter (1947). Other notable films included Bedtime Story (1941) with Fredric March, The Bishop’s Wife (1947) with Cary Grant and David Niven, and Come to the Stable (1949) with Celeste Holm. Although not typically known as a noir actress, Young appeared in three classic noir films: The Stranger (1946) with Orson Welles and Edward G. Robinson, The Accused (1949) with Robert Cummings, and Cause for Alarm! (1951) with Barry Sullivan. In 1953, Young retired from movies to host the television program The Loretta Young Show (1953-61), for which she earned three Emmys. Later in life, she devoted herself to charitable volunteer work and actively supported the Republican party. Young died of ovarian cancer in 2000 at age 87.

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