Loretta Young

“Every time she ‘sins,’ she builds a church. That’s why there are so many Catholic churches in Hollywood.”.-Marlene Dietrich


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.




Wearing the correct dress for any occasion is a matter of good manners.


Loretta Young had a reputation of tightly controlling her image and being very guarded while giving interviews. That all changed in her relationship with Mr. Funk. In the first year of their collaboration, Mr. Funk taped over one hundred hours of interviews with Miss Young that netted twenty-five hundred pages of typed transcripts. She became even more candid during the following years.

The original intent was to write a biography of Miss Young. There was much to tell, including giving birth to a secret baby fathered by a married Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy being the love of her life, and an expected proposal from Tyrone Power that never came. Plus, so much more about her relationships with the most important people in her life.

Loretta Young Biography

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42nd Street

When the subject of movie musicals come up three films from Hollywood’s golden age get the lion’s share of attention. One is Singing In The Rain the Gene Kelly-Stanley Donen masterpiece that gave audiences such classics as the title song, Donald O’Connor’s Make Em Laugh sequence and a whole host of others built around the premise of sound coming to Hollywood.
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Betty Grable Days

Elizabeth Ruth “Betty” Grable was an American actress, pin-up model, dancer, and singer. Her 42 movies during the 1930s and 1940s grossed more than $100 million. She set a record of 12 consecutive years in the top 10 of box office stars. The Treasury Department in 1946-47 listed her as the highest-salaried American woman. She earned more than $3 million during her career.
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Now Voyager and The Fight For Control

“I survived because I was tougher than anybody else.”

It had been a harsh struggle for Bette Davis and Warner Bothers. Becoming the first actor at the studios to win an Academy Award should have been Davis’ ticket to better roles.

Warners had other ideas. Instead they figured Davis could turn a sow’s ear into a silk purse and thereby started giving her a steady diet of garbage.
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