her Best Actress
in "The Farmer's Daughter"
(above left); with her Oscar
(above right); in a glamour
portrait, displaying her
from silents to the TV era
By JIM BAWDEN
It was on a blustery
Saturday morning in November of 1986 when I ventured down to
Torontos University Avenue courthouse to meet Loretta Young.
The famous TV and movie actress had been retired for 23 years
and it was the last day of shooting on her comeback effort, an
NBC TV movie called "Christmas Eve."
For weeks Id been trying to get on the set without any
success. Then the president of NBC International made a personal
plea for one interview because, as he bluntly told Young, You
have a financial stake in this movie and it hasnt been
sold to Canadian TV as yet because nobody knows who you are anymore.
Young compiled but said the interview would only last 15 minutes
and then I would have to go.
But in her trailer she was annoyed at being ignoredthe
cast and crew were doing mundane pick up shots. And I knew how
to cajole and please her with my questions and that small interview
stretched into a marathon session of more than seven hours.
Here are highlights of our talk:
Now that youre almost finished making "Christmas Eve,"
what changes do you notice in making films?
Thank you for not calling it a comeback. Because I never retired
from life. Were shooting this one almost entirely on location
(in Toronto). In the bad old days wed do everything on
the back lot and in front of transparency screens Weve
finished a scene where Trevor Howard as my chauffeur drives me
around the city at night. No process screens! They put the car
on a gigantic truck and photographed us that way. It was sheer
fun. Differences? The role of women certainly. I see women carrying
things all over the set. I guess its called equality. I
just hope they dont break their backs.
I dont see your famous swear box anywhere.
Oh, Canadians are very polite. I started that not to make money
for charity but to remind my crew that they were taking the Lords
name in vain. Oh, I know all the words. But my box was to restore
decorum. Once Joe Mankiewicz who was very full of himself waltzed
by on the set of "Come To the Stable," stuffed $5 in
the box and said, Now Loretta, I can really tell you
where to go. It didnt faze me, I had his money
for my latest cause.
Why pick this particular project?
I was going to return in a TV movie called "Dark Mansions"
for Aaron Spelling, who, when he was acting, used to rehearse
in my garage with my daughter Judy Lewis. Just before filming
started he told me ABC could change the script even during production.
I left and dear Joan Fontaine took over. Then I was offered "The
Two Mrs. Grenvilles" and I thought it needed a top producer
to put it over but there are no Sam Goldwyns today. I refused
it and Claudette Colbert took the mother-in-law role. If Id
accepted either of those I couldnt have done "Christmas
Eve," which is a wonderful family story I predict will become
a seasonal favorite.
Did you ever miss acting?
You mean was I sitting at home dusting my trophies? Hardly! I
was always working at my charities. I had a youth project in
Phoenix. Back in L.A. I worked at a hospice. One day I was rubbing
the feet of a man named Ernie as he watched me in "Along
Came Jones" on his TV set. He glanced up, startled, then
said I looked much better these days. So, he got an extra 10
minutes of massage for that! I visit old friends. I live in the
smallest home in Beverly Hills. Im not a clothes horse,
I can wear a Jean Louos dress from 20 years ago or something
new. Im into other things. I never considered myself a
beauty. I think I lasted because I was the hardest worker at
But your reputation is
As a holy roller? My son took me to see "The Killing Fields"
and it was so powerful. I loved "Greystoke," "Tootsie,"
"Places in the Heart." I kept thinking of all the strange
things we couldnt do back then. It was foolish to show
married couples in twin beds. I did sue Fox for interpolating
scenes of me into that trash ("Myra Breckenridge").
But Ive never been divorced from life. I love Benny Hill.
Yes, I really do. I love a good laugh!
the story of your first big role in movies true?
Oh, yes, I answered the phone when I was all of 13-14 and it
was a nice man, Mervyn LeRoy, at First National, looking for
my older sister Sally Blane. Id been in the flickers since
I was four but as an extra. The first one was with Fanny Ward.
Then at 13 I did "Orchids and Ermine" with the great
star Colleen Moore and she got FN to put me under contract--$150
a week for 40 weeks a year. We were very poor. Mother ran a boarding
house and we could feed the whole family on that.
Young with Lon Chaney Sr.
in the silent movie classic
"Laugh, Clown, Laugh."
When did you join Warners?
Never joined. In 1927-28 First National was purchased by Warners.
FNs huge Burbank lot was my home for seven years. Warners
picked me up along with Colleen, Dick Barthlemess, lots of others.
Colleen recently saw me at LeRoys 80th birthday party and
hollered over the din, Hey Gretch!
BAWDEN: Do you remember many of your silents?
No because I never saw them when first released. I was too young
and my parts were as the young girl. In 1928 I was loaned to
MGM for "Laugh, Clown, Laugh," one of Lon Chaneys
last silents. He was a magnificent actor, very soft spoken, a
pantomine genius. The director was Herbert Brenon and he hated
me and screamed a lot. Then Mr. Chaney would come over, dry my
tears, and say I think you should do it this way
and act out my part for me. He got this little girl through it
and I was noticed for the first time and I went back to Warners
in triumph. Then in 1931 I made "Beau Ideal" and Brenon
was the director, sinking fast because he couldnt adapt
to talkies. And he yelled at me just as much as before!
You were kept busy!
In 1929 I made six pictures, in 1930 I made eight pictures. In
1931 I made eight and collapsed and had to be hospitalized for
physical exhaustion. We worked six days a week then. So, Jack
Warner said hed modify that pace. I only did six pictures
that year. Always as the girl. I never had much personality
in those days.
Remember we worked 40 weeks with 12 weeks of unpaid layoff. If
I wasnt engaged Jack would loan me out and gradually it
occurred to me the loan outs always turned out better. In "The
Devil To Pay" (1930) I was opposite the great Ronald Colman.
I was all of 17, he was 37 and I thought him impossibly old.
But before every take hed whisper, Courage, my
dear! Myrna Loy was the bad girl. And 10 years later
Im driving down Sunset and theres a billboard of
its re-release: Ronald Colman and Myrna Loy in "The Devil
To Care" with Loretta Young. I was downsized! Had to stop
the car because I was laughing so hard. But Myrna had just been
named Queen of Hollywood and I was temporarily blackballed by
with two of her most famous leading men: At left, Tyrone Power
Is News." At right, with Clark Gable in "The Call of
the Wild." Young claimed Power was not happy with his reputation
as a movie "pretty boy." Young had a passionate love
affair with Gable while filming "Call of the Wild"
and gave birth to his child out of wedlock. She later adopted
the child--her daughter, Judy-- after anonymously placing it
up for adoption.
Another great loanout was to Columbia for "Platinum Blonde"
(1931), directed by Frank Capra, a tiny little Italian and opposite
Jean Harlow in her slinky period. And Capra guided me so smoothly,
I got attention Id never received at Warners. I remember
one tough speech; we did it 10 times. I was in tears and I shouted
I dont know what you want! And Frank
whispered, I just think you can do better."
What a great line to toss to an 18-year-old desperate for recognition,
Also on loan out I did "Zoo in Budapest"
(1933) at Fox. The photography is shimmering. I just saw itfor
the first time! And at Columbia "A Mans Castle,"
directed by Frank Borzage with Spencer Tracy. It really came
off, made me very hot in the business.
Oh, and over at MGM I did "Midnight Mary" (1933) with
(director) Wild Bill Wellman. We were both in the Warners dog
house right then. Intended as a three-week "B," it
became one of Metros biggest grossersof the year. Every
scene crackled with tension and Bill never directed a dud in
his career. So, yes, my biggest hits were away from the home
missed acting with most of the big Warners stars.
I played the girl in "Heroes For Sale" (1933). I was
20, Dick Barthlemess 40 and I considered him so old. Id
already done "Taxi" with (James) Cagney. Completely
forgot about it until a friend loaned me a tape. I remembered
in one scene director Roy Del Ruth told me to slap Jimmy hard
on the face and run up the stairs as fast as I could because
he wasnt expecting it. The look of surprise on his face
is supreme. I slapped Jimmy Cagney and got away with it!
You left Warners in 1934.
The studio was run by Darryl Zanuck and he left to found Twentierh
Century pictures, releasing through UA. He got Connie Bennett,
George Arliss to follow him and when he asked me I thought that
was just fine. Jack (Warner) offered another seven years but
at the price tag of $1 million, a fortune in the Depression.
But I felt another seven years of mediocre pictures and Id
be through for good.
first movie at Twentieth was "House of Rothschild"
I had forgotten I made a movie with Mr. George Arliss as he insisted
on being billed. I thought him pompous until one day he called
me over and said if I wanted a long career Id have to acquire
knowledge of the basics including lighting and lenses. He said
to stick closely to the cinematographer who can make or break
any actor. He was a strict disciplinarian where ingenues were
concerned. Insisted on a code of listening and learning. Id
never worked with him at Warners. I wound up as an ardent admirer.
Id always been my best on the first take but he drummed
into me that many retakes were needed to get that perfect pitch.
He insisted raw emotion wasnt enough, that what I needed
was rehearsals and more rehearsals. Both Bob Young and I were
worked furiously and loved it that we were being taken seriously.
You were telling me over lunch about your worst ever picture.
"Born To Be Bad" (1934). One critic simply wrote it
is. That was the entire review. Made that at Twentieth
and it was a rich, ripe stinker. I was an unwed mother, Cary
Grant a pig farmer from Wisconsin. Originally it was made for
Jean Harlow but MGM finally refused to loan her out. Then the
Production Code weighed in and nobody could figure what was happening
after those guys got through with it. One 10-page directive concerned
the provocative clothes I was to wear. We made it and it was
rejected and Sidney Lanfield came in and redid about half the
scenes. But that made things worse, it seemed really dirty and
then whole chunks were cut out. The first director was Lowell
Sherman whod guided Kate Hepburn to an Oscar so expectations
were big. But I didnt know how to play heartless and nasty.
It was against my better judgment. I only wanted to play good
girls. Thirteen years later Cary and I were reunited (in "The
Bishops Wife") and he comes on set the first day and
says, Loretta, you owe me one good picture.
And he was right.
Two of Loretta
Young's most popular pictures were "RAMONA" (above
left), which was in Technicolor, and "The Bishop's Wife"
with Cary Grant.
BAWDEN: Your first Twentieth Century-Fox film was the all
star "Ladies In Love" (1936).
Oh, they remade it many times. It was about three girls in the
big city. Think "How To Marry A Millionaire." That
was one of the remakes. Budapest was recreated on the back lot.
Even pieces of the set from "Sunrise" (1927) were still
up and usable. I watched as Darryl systematically cut down Janet
Gaylors part although she had first billing rights. He
was convinced her huge salary--$400,000 a yearwas a drag
on studio expenses and after all she was all of 30! Janet was
so disheartened she asked for her contract terminated and got
it. Second billed was Connie Bennett, no longer the box office
sensation of a few years back, just glad to get a job. And I
got third star billing. Unknowns in the cast included Ty Power
and Don Ameche and a little French number, Simone Simon, Darryl
was determined to make into a star. She never took with American
audiences but it wasnt for (lack of) trying.
You said some of your Zanuck films you positively hated. Which
Well, "Suez" was right up there. Firstly it was all
wildly inaccurate. Zanuck was trying to promote the career of
Annabella, another French import. At the time Ty and I were dating.
Wed dart into the Westwood movie palace after work and
eat popcorn and hot dogs. Then he stopped asking me out. Hed
fallen forher! He was 23 and she was 27. Oh, it was a scandal
in all the movie magazines. A lot of dough was spent on costumes,
sets but there was no story. They had Disraeli (played by Miles
Mander) getting involved and that never happened until the British
coup to take over the whole thing. Director Allan Dwan said it
was about a guy who digs a ditch. I hated being Eugenie so much
I ordered the costumer to make really big hoop skirts, so large
I couldnt get through most doors or even sit down. If I
didnt have the lines at least Id have the audiences
attention. Then Ty married Annabella in real life and Zanuck
was so angry he virtually blackballed her!
How do you remember Tyrone Power?
Originally, as a dreamy youth. We grew up together. He was completely
committed to the theater but wound up this amazing box office
attraction. At one point he was the only true superstar under
contract at Twentieth. He was so beautiful. He hated that. We
confided in each other.We looked good together, so we made a
succession of romps which all made money: "Love Is News,"
"Hotel Metropole." He hated them all, wanted to tackle
the classics. But that was the fad thenbeautiful people.
After all, it was the Depression. I did two with Franchot Tone
who was just as pretty. So was Bob Taylor. People didnt
need realism then. They had it on the bread lines.
Describe life at Twentieth.
Id get up at the crack of dawn.I lived in Bel Air and Id
drive downno entourage for me--and through the back gates.The
lot was a beehive of preparation for the upcoming days
shoot. As a teenager, Id go home, put the Victrola on and
dance for an hour, driving my mother crazy. I never was a clothes
horse. That was Connie Bennett, who used to joke about the lines
on her neck, which she called her necklaces. I hated my swans
neck and my ribs stuck out in front. When I stopped acting, I
stopped smoking--and promptly put on 10 pounds. The cameramen
liked photographing bones. I hated being reviewed for my beauty.
To me Dietrich and Lamarr were the beautiful ones. I couldnt
do drama like Bette Davis or comedy like Carole Lombard, but
I could do both passably and thats why I had a strong female
fan base. I was average enough to appeal to all those shop girls,
Some of your movies from this period are disappointing to watch
Like "Four Men and A Prayer" (1938), which Jack Ford
says he did under duress. I had no idea why I was making this
thing, I just exchanged wardrobes a lot. It was definitely a
make work project for us all. "Kentucky" (1938) was
passable because in was in Technicolor but my part was negligible.
Walter Brennan got a supporting Oscar for that one. At the time
Zanuck was promoting the career of Richard Greene, a very pleasant
boy. Zanuck said Richard would go farther than David Niven, who
was also in "Four Men and A Prayer," which shows nobody
can predict screen stardom.
But the movie that wrecked it all for me at Twentieth was "The
Story of Alexander Graham Bell." I blame Mrs. Mabel Bell
for ruining my career there. Oh, Hank Fonda hated that one--third
billed as the second male lead to Don Ameche. In real life, she
was a deaf mute, as they were then called, but Zanuck would have
none of that. I told him I intended to sign in the early part
of the film as Mabel had done and he blew up and stormed off
the set. I loved it when Charlie Coburn piped up one day and
said, We had much more fun on the set of 'Edison the
Man' to Gene Lockhart. As far as it goes I wasnt
even to suggest the strange atonal speech a deaf girl would use
since she couldnt ever hear herself speaking. Everything
was fake in this one right down to the soap chips as snow and
I was sick of that.
Is that why you left Twentieth at the end of 1939?
My contract was up and I decided to freelance as my pals Irene
Dunne and Roz Russell were doing. Zanuck was floored, he just
assumed Id automatically renew, based on the money offered.
I said, Im leaving because he never sent flowers,
which was a joke and a dig at him for ignoring me. But Louella
(Parsons) heard it and made a big fuss about what a spoiled child
I was. Child? I was 27 with 14 years of being under contract.
Time to strike out on my own.
But at first there was no work.
Month after month there were no offers. I had an agent, Mr. Townsend,
but I never really needed him when under long term contract.
But he said he could do nothing. Then I was testing for "Rebecca"
for David Selznick and I told him my predicament and he said,
Why, you have been blackballed! Got in touch
with his brother, who was an agentMyron Selznick. And Myron
threatened a lawsuit--restraint of trade. And he cagily got Harry
Cohn at Columbia to break the blacklist by hiring me for two
pictures for the price of one--$80,000and I was back at
it as both pictures were successful. Then the offers flowed in
and I could pick and choose as I wanted. I made two or three
picture deals after that.
As a freelancer,
Loretta Young made some offbeat pictures. At left, she's with
Edward G. Robinson and Orson Welles in Welles' "The Stranger"
and, at right, with Alan Ladd in "China." Young said
she had to stand in a hole when acting with the much shorter
Ladd, so he would appear taller than her.
BAWDEN: How was Cohn.
I rather liked the old coot. Very vulgar, but he loved making
movies. Our first, "The Doctor Takes A Wife" (1940),
was amiable and I had Ray Milland as co-star and he brought in
the women in the audience and it was a big hit. Then for "Bedtime
Story" (1941), Harry got so mad he yanked the film back
at the last moment and switched billingFreddie March was
now number oneand that cost a lot of money. In our final
scene I needed a party dress and costumes couldnt supply
one, so Harry said to go down to Bullocks and get an appropriate
long dress and I picked one with a huge price tag, charged it
to him, and he literally blew his top. I guess I should have
checked, but we went at each other for the next decade before
I finally apologized. Another Columbia comedy, "A Night
To Remember," was already in the can or nearly finished
freelancing work out?
I started making the films people remember me for. My first for
Paramount was a wartime thing, "China" (1943), that
was popular because of the conflict. The studio asked if Alan
Ladd could be my leading man. They were trying to wean him off
gangster roles. I liked him and his sense of family, but he was
very wooden. By the way, he was shorter than me, so Id
stand in a foxhole for romantic moments. But the public response
was so strong we were immediately reteamed in another, "And
Now Tomorrow" (1944) and he was a doctor trying to cure
me of deafness. But he was smoother, obviously learning as he
went along. Imagine my surprise at the premiere when our names
were switched and I got second billing. I learned why when I
went outside after it was over and there was a huge crowd of
bobbysoxers calling his name.
also worked with Gary Cooper and Orson Welles in that period.
"Along Came Jones" (1945) with Gary Cooper was a comedy
western that slowed right down every time Coop ambled onscreen.
It under-performed at the box office. Watching Orson direct and
star in "The Stranger" (1946) was a lesson in cinema
making. Did you know his original choice of the War Crimes Commissioner
was going to be Aggie Moorehead and shed been promised
the part but our intrepid producer said no, thered only
be suspense building with somebody like Eddie Robinson doing
Did you expect to win an Oscar for "The Farmers Daughter?"
Id been officially an actress for two decades. At 34, Im
suddenly nominated and it wasnt that difficult, my performance.
Remember I told you I tested for David Selznick for "Rebecca"
and was turned down because I was considered too American? David
promised hed use me some day and it only took seven years.
And it only came about because Ingrid Bergman turned down the
role of the Swedish maid. She said no more Swedes. Our little
picture was no masterwork, but it affirmed American values. And
there was such a wonderful cast of scene stealers: Ethel Barrymore,
Charlie Bickford, Rhys Williams. The director was Hank Potter,
who never gets his due. And there were three unknowns as my brothers:
Jim Arness, Lex Barker, Keith Andes. Whatever happened to them?
See it wasnt just a comedy, it was about something without
being a flag waver.
On Oscar night I felt queasy. At the subsequent banquet RKO had
bought two tables side by side: One for us, supposedly the losers,
the other for the winning team of "Mourning Becomes Electra."
When my name was announced, all I heard was this gush of surprise
from the audience. I sat there stunned. Then my sister Georgianne,
sitting right behind me, said Oh, Gretch!
and poked me and I ran up sobbing to accept. Felt awfully sad
my best bud Roz Russell didnt get it, but she was so strong
she drove her mom home to bed and then came back to party. RKO
changed the name plates and we got the larger winners table!
Did it advance your career?
Not much. I only had one film out in 1948, a good one, "Rachel
and the Stranger," casting me as a colonial bondswoman,
and I had two big leading men: Bill Holden and Bob Mitchum. At
the beginning of 1949, "The Accused" came out and it
was the true story of a college prof accused of murdering a student
who comes on to her. A real film noir and I liked that
it was almost entirely shot out on the streets of Los Angeles.
Young with Robert Cummings
in the classic film noir from 1948,
you also came back to Twentieth.
Darryl phones up after the Oscar win and offers me a three picture
deal. Never mentions his blazing indictment that Id never
again work in this town! I said Id do "Mother is A
Freshman"only if I could also do a script hed had
in the closet about Belgian nuns in New England: "Come To
The Stable." He started roaring on the phone: Religious
pictures dont sell! Me: Thats
funny coming from the producer of 'The Song of Bernadette.'"
A truce was called. I did "Mother is A Freshman" and
it was a cute comedy and made a few bucks. But "Come To
The Stable" was a huge grosser and is shown on TV every
Christmas. The third picture was "Half Angel" (1951),
back with Joe Cotten. We were too old to play these cute parts
and both of us knew that. We started with Julie Dassin. After
10 days of laborious over-directing, we didnt have a single
funny scene. I called Zanuck at home that night. He watched all
the takes over the weekend and replaced Julie with Dick Sale
Monday morning. But the picture still flopped. It was a comedy
about sleepwalking that put everybody to sleep, cast included.
Did you feel your career was slipping? Is that why you jumped
Nuts! "Key To the City" with Clark Gable was a hit.
My husband and I made "Cause For Alarm!" on the streets
of L.A. in three weeks and it made money. "Paula" was
a hit. Ditto "Because of You" with Jeff Chandler. (It)
was as big a hit as there was in 1952. The girls loved seeing
me in Jeffs arms. And by the time I finished "It Happens
Every Thursday" (1953) Id already signed with NBC.
You see, Id seen the sense of wonderment on the faces of
my three little kids as they watched TV. It was a revolution
even bigger than talkies and I wanted to be the first movie star
to try it. I naively thought thered be time every summer
for a movie. When it was announced L.B. Mayer phoned up and said,
Youll never make another picture, dear.
In Beverly Hills, I was considered a traitor. There were no TV
antennas there. He was absolutely right! I never did! But when
we geared up (for "The Loretta Young Show"), we rented
space from old Sam Goldwyn at his studio old Sam recognized
a bargain when he received it.
"The Loretta Young Show," the immensely popular anthology
Young starred in from 1953-61. At right, Young's return to acting,
the TV movie "Christmas Eve," done for NBC in 1986.
How did it all come about?
My husband and I formed a company and decided to make presentations
and NBC immediately wanted it. CBS offered me one where Id
play the same character every week, a housewife, and I even visited
with Lucy Ball to see how she did it in front of a studio audience.
From the get-go we saw it as a filmed anthology series titled
"Letter To Loretta" and I would introduce every episode
and star in many shows. Half hour. And NBC gave us a wonderful
slotSundays at 10 p.m. We used great movie directors: Rudy
Mate, my brother-in-law Norman Foster. George Nader was my first
co-star and we got him back a lot and for casts I used all the
wonderful character actors then floating around: Ellen Corby,
Mae Clark, Frank Ferguson, Bruce Bennett, Burt MustinI
knew them all and the fact they were looking for work because
the picture business was slowing down. Dick Arlen said hed
come back as often as he could because our cinematographer made
him look 10 years younger. We treated them royally and they delivered.
Every 25-minute episode was shot in three days, which meant no
multiple retakes. But these veterans could do everything in one
An early director told me to swirl my skirt during an introduction
and it became a staple. But you see as long as I showed myself
I could go on and become any kind of character I wished: a dumb
blonde, a Hiroshima survivor, nuns, wicked women, every permutation.
Hard work never frightened me. You see in my long career I never
complained about the long hours.
We got more popular by the year. Id naively thought I could
make a movie every summer during hiatus. That never happened!
We started off with 36 episodes which was far too many. By Season
Five, we were down to 29 which was too few, said NBC. We ended
with Season Eight and 31 new shows. The reruns were repackaged
by NBC as a summer series and my old pal Anita Louise came in
and provided new introductions. We sold first rerun rights to
NBC for millions and the network reran them for years in the
afternoon. Yes, its true I did successfully sue NBC years
later because our deal said they couldnt use the introductions
because people would naturally assume I was wearing outdated
You made 216 episodes in eight years but immediately were offered
and took a second series. Why?
"The New Loretta Young Show." I was playing the same
part every week and my boredom showed. My fans hated it. I hated
it and it lasted 26 weeks. Did it to satisfy the old ego and
I flopped. Then I spent six months sleeping, then I travelled
around the world. My pal and I enter this night club in Tokyo,
the orchestra leader spots me and the band starts playing, Ramona,
When day is done I hear your call. Stardom! Couldnt
even escape it in Japan!
were offered other movie roles but refused. Why?
Nothing seemed to work. They offered me the lead in what became
"The Innocents" (1961) with Deborah Kerr and I thought
about it. And then when Joan Crawford got sick on the set of
"Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte." I was asked to substitute.
Couldnt do that to my old pal. Besides Id look silly
running around with a saw in my hand. It would have disappointed
my fans. Im not passing judgment on those old gals who
do this sort of thing--they really need the money.
theres room for more acting. I have three adult children
Im proud of. Judy used to be a TV producer and is now studying
to be a psychologist. Peter is back studying at university and
painting houses to make it through. Chris makes horror movies
direct to video. They must be powerful because he wont
let me see them. Im divorced from my husband, but under
church law cannot remarry and for that Im grateful because
it has pre ented me making another mistake. From my vantage point
I now see that God has had it all planned out for me. He has
really been very, very good to me and Im grateful.
Loretta Young did return to Toronto in 1988
to make another TV movie, "Lady in the Corner," but
it was not well received. She refused to see me because she was
angry Id interviewed daughter Judy Lewis about her tell-all
book "Uncommon Knowledge," which stated Young and Clark
Gable had an affair during the making of "Call of the Wild"
(1935) and an illegitimate child, Judy (subsequently adopted
In 1993, Young married for a third time to her dress designer
Jean Louis, who died in 1997. She later reconciled with daughter
Young died August 12, 2000, aged 87 at the residence of her sister
Georgiana and her brother-in-law Ricardo Montalban.
©2011 by Jim Bawden.
This column first posted Feb. 28, 2011
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