- Sister-in-law to Mexican actor Ricardo Montalban.
- Made her movie debut at age 4 in The Primrose Ring (1917).
- Eloped with her first husband, Grant Withers, when she was 17 years old. The marriage was annulled the following year, which happened to be the same year the pair appeared together in the film Too Young to Marry.
- As a devout Catholic, attended church every day and fined actors who cursed on her set.
- Daughter Judy Lewis was conceived as a result of an affair with The Call of the Wild costar Clark Gable. Lewis was born in secrecy and later "adopted" by Young so as to avoid scandal.
- 1957, Emmy — Best Continuing Performance by an Actress: Winner
- 1955, Emmy — Best Actress Starring in a Regular Series: Winner
- 1959, Golden Globe — Television Achievement: Winner
- 1949, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
- 1961, Emmy — Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Series (Lead): Nominee
- 1960, Emmy — Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Series: Nominee
- 1958, Emmy — Best Continuing Performance (Female) in a Series by a Comedienne, Singer, Hostess, Dancer, M.C., Announcer, Narrator, Panelist, : Nominee
- 1959, Emmy — Best Actress in a Leading Role (Continuing Role) in a Dramatic Series: Winner
- 1956, Emmy — Best Actress-Single Performance: Nominee
- 1947, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Winner
- 1987, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Winner
- 1990, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
- 1954, Emmy — Best Female Star of a Regular Series: Nominee
- Sally Blane — Sister
- Clark Gable — Ex-significant Other
- Christopher Lewis — Son
- Peter Lewis — Son
- Spencer Tracy — Ex-significant Other
- Polly Ann Young — Sister
- Jean Louis — Husband (deceased)
- Gladys Belzer — Mother
- Tom Lewis — Ex-husband
- Judy Lewis — Daughter
- Grant Withers — Ex-husband
- Georgiana Belzer Montalbán — Half Sister
- John Lindley — Brother
- Attended Immaculate Heart College, Los Angeles, California, United States
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