Hollywood Good Girl Loretta Young


Ok, ok, she did have that one indiscretion with Clark Gable that reaped a child who through careful planning on the part of Loretta, her mother and sisters was housed with a nanny shortly after birth just down the street from the Young family home for a few months. Then put in a Catholic foundling home where Loretta adopted her sometime between her first and second Birthday.

I’d blame the Hollywood Studio System (better known as The Machine), and some really strict religious upbringing on that one. Loretta’s angel face got her roles that promised love and happiness and joy. Of course she did have her Forbidden Hollywood phase but it wasn’t half as rough as some of her fellow actresses. The roles she graduated into were light romantic comedies like Love is News with Tyrone Power, and meaningful films like The Bishop’s Wife.

Also blessed with a TV show like Doris Day, Loretta played the ideal woman on screen and off screen most of the time. And when she battled demons of her own, like her illegitimate daughter she kept ‘em private, instead of hanging it all out to dry with the laundry.

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