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Loretta Young Biography

Birth Name:
Gretchen Michaela Young
Birth Place:
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Profession
Actor

Fast Facts

  • 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

Awards

  • 1990Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 1987Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: winner
  • 1961Emmy-Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Series (Lead): nominated
  • 1960Emmy-Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Series: nominated
  • 1959Emmy-Best Actress in a Leading Role (Continuing Role) in a Dramatic Series: winner
  • 1958Emmy-Best Continuing Performance (Female) in a Series by a Comedienne, Singer, Hostess, Dancer, M.C., Announcer, Narrator, Panelist, or any Person who Essentially Plays Herself: nominated
  • 1957Emmy-Best Continuing Performance by an Actress: winner
  • 1956Emmy-Best Actress-Single Performance: nominated
  • 1955Emmy-Best Actress Starring in a Regular Series: winner
  • 1954Emmy-Best Female Star of a Regular Series: nominated
  • 1949Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1947Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: winner