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Loretta Young: 1913-2000 (UNITED STATES).

Los Angeles--Oscar-winning actress and TV star Loretta Young died in Los Angeles in August. She was born in Salt Lake City and grew up in Hollywood. She attended a convent school there and started her career as a child extra in silent movies. Among her 70 movies, her most noted screen credits were Come to the Stable (in which she played a French nun), The Bishops' Wife, and The Farmer's Daughter, for which she received the 1947 Best Actress Academy Award.

Miss Young's personal life had its ups and downs. Her adopted daughter claimed in 1994 to be the "love child" of Miss Young and Clark Gable. Loretta Young had a brief early marriage which was later annulled. In 1940 she married Thomas Lewis, by whom she had two sons. They separated and he divorced her in 1969. After his death, she married again in 1994 to widowed dress designer Jean Louis. He died in 1997.

Despite the impression given by a bald record of these facts, Loretta Young remained faithful throughout life to the faith in which she was born. She always claimed that it was her religion that sustained her in difficult times. She devoted much money and energy to Catholic charities. Perhaps she remembered the kindness of the Catholic bishop who loaned her mother $1000 to help start over when the family moved to Hollywood in 1915.

Loretta Young specialized in roles of strong-willed but virtuous heroines. Portrayals of sex had no place in her movies. She also had no time for the use of profanity, even setting up a "swear box" on movie sets.

She moved from the big screen to the small one in 1953 and became a three-time Emmy award winner for her dramatic series "The Loretta Young Show".
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Date:Oct 1, 2000
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