Born: January 6, 1913 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Died: August 12, 2000 in Los Angeles, California, USA
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|~Stars of the Photoplay, 1930~
Loretta Young was a child actress in motion pictures. But when she reached the awkward age her
mother put her in the Ramona Convent. "Naughty But Nice" marked her return to the screen. She is
the sister of Polly Ann Young and Sally Blane. In 1929, she was a Wampas Star. Loretta was born in
Salt Lake City, Utah, January 6, 1913, is 5 feet, 3 1/2 inches, weighs 100 pounds, and has light brown
hair and blue eyes. Married Grant Withers in January, 1930. Loretta is the symbol of youthful
|~The Los Angeles Times~
August 13, 2000
Loretta Young's gritty determination to be a star — and her hard-headed business sense — kept her
in front of the cameras for decades after most stars from Hollywood's Golden Age had faded into
nostalgia. Gliding easily from silent films to talkies to television, the ever-slim and smiling Young
delighted fans with her luminous eyes, wistful face and elaborate wardrobes.
She made nearly 100 movies, churning out mainly comedies and romances until she left the wide
screen for television in 1953. Young played opposite all the romantic heroes of her day: Clark Gable,
Spencer Tracy, Gary Cooper, James Cagney, Tyrone Power. She acted for famed directors Orson
Welles ("The Stranger"), Cecil B. DeMille ("The Crusades") and Frank Capra ("Platinum Blonde").
Her lead role in 1947's "The Farmer's Daughter"—as a Swedish maid who parlays her smarts into a
seat in Congress—won her the Academy Award for lead actress. And she became one of the first
Oscar winners to pull in a television Emmy in 1955, when she was honored for her anthology series,
"The Loretta Young Show."
— Stephanie Simon in the Los Angeles Times Aug. 13, 2000