Biography and the best films of the 30’s, 40.50’s great actresses..Loretta Young

Loretta Young (born Gretchen Young; January 6, 1913 – August 12, 2000) was an American actress. Starting as a child actress, she had a long and varied career in film from 1917 to 1953. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the film The Farmer's Daughter (1947), and received her second Academy Award nomination for her role in Come to the Stable (1949). Young moved to the relatively new medium of television, where she had a dramatic anthology series, The Loretta Young Show, from 1953 to 1961. The series earned three Emmy Awards, and was re-run successfully on daytime TV and later in syndication. In the 1980s, Young returned to the small screen and won a Golden Globe for her role in Christmas Eve in 1986.

Young was billed as Gretchen Young in the silent film Sirens of the Sea (1917). She was first billed as Loretta Young in 1928, in The Whip Woman. That same year, she co-starred with Lon Chaney in the MGM film Laugh, Clown, Laugh. The next year, she was named one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars.

In 1930, when she was 17, she eloped with 26-year-old actor Grant Withers; they were married in Yuma, Arizona. The marriage was annulled the next year, just as their second movie together (ironically entitled Too Young to Marry) was released. In 1934 she co-starred with Cary Grant in Born to be Bad, and in 1935 was billed with Clark Gable and Jack Oakie in the film version of Jack London’s The Call of the Wild, directed by William Wellman.

During World War II, Young made Ladies Courageous (1944; re-issued as Fury in the Sky), the fictionalized story of the Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron. It depicted a unit of female pilots who flew bomber planes from the factories to their final destinations. Young made as many as eight movies a year. In 1947, she won an Oscar for her performance in The Farmer’s Daughter. That same year, she co-starred with Cary Grant and David Niven in The Bishop’s Wife, a perennial favorite, which was remade in 1996 as The Preacher’s Wife starring Denzel Washington, Whitney Houston & Courtney B. Vance. In 1949, she received another Academy Award nomination for Come to the Stable. In 1953, she appeared in her last theatrical film, It Happens Every Thursday, a Universal comedy about a New York couple who move to California to take over a struggling weekly newspaper; her co-star was John Forsythe.

15.Platinum Blonde

Jean Harlow, Loretta Young

Released: 1931

Directed by: Frank Capra

Platinum Blonde is a 1931 American romantic comedy motion picture starring Jean Harlow, Robert Williams, and Loretta Young. The film was written by Jo Swerling and directed by Frank..

14.Come to the Stable

Loretta Young, Celeste Holm

Released: 1949

Directed by: Henry Koster

Come to the Stable is a 1949 American film which tells the story of two French nuns who come to a small New England town and involve the townsfolk in helping them to build a children’s..


Loretta Young, Walter Brennan

Released: 1938

Directed by: David Butler

Kentucky is a 1938 Technicolor film with Loretta Young, Richard Greene, and Walter Brennan. It was directed by David Butler. It is a Romeo and Juliet story of lovers Jack and Sally, set..


Key to the City

Clark Gable, Loretta Young

Released: 1950

Directed by: George Sidney

Key to the City is a 1950 romantic comedy film starring Clark Gable and Loretta Young as mayors who meet during a convention in San Francisco and, despite their contrasting..


Tyrone Power, Loretta Young

Released: 1938

Directed by: Allan Dwan

Suez is an American film released on October 28, 1938 by 20th Century Fox, with Darryl F. Zanuck in charge of production, directed by Allan Dwan and starring Tyrone Power, Loretta..

10.Mother Is a Freshman

Loretta Young, Debra Paget

Released: 1949

Directed by: Lloyd Bacon

Mother Is a Freshman is a 1949 comedy motion picture directed by Lloyd Bacon and starring Loretta Young and Van Johnson. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Costume..

9.The House of Rothschild

Boris Karloff, Loretta Young

Released: 1934

Directed by: Alfred L. Werker

The House of Rothschild is an American film written by Nunnally Johnson from the play by George Hembert Westley, and directed by Alfred L. Werker. It chronicles the biographical story of..

8.Play Girl

Loretta Young, Norman Foster

Released: 1932

Directed by: Ray Enright

Play-Girl is a 1932 romantic drama film starring Winnie Lightner, Loretta Young, and Norman..

7.The Stranger

Orson Welles, Edward G. Robinson

Released: 1946

Directed by: Orson Welles

The Stranger is a 1946 American film noir starring Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young and Orson Welles. It was the third feature film completed by Welles as a director. A drama about a..


Loretta Young, Charles Boyer

Released: 1935

Directed by: James Flood

Shanghai is a 1935 film directed by James Flood, produced by Walter Wanger, distributed by Paramount Pictures, and starring Loretta Young and Charles Boyer. The picture’s supporting..

5.The Farmer’s Daughter

James Arness, Loretta Young

Released: 1947

Directed by: H. C. Potter

The Farmer’s Daughter is a 1947 movie that tells the story of a farmgirl who ends up working as a maid for a Congressman and his politically powerful mother. It stars Loretta Young, Joseph..

4.The Crusades

Loretta Young, Joseph Schildkraut

Released: 1935

Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille

The Crusades is a 1935 American historical adventure film produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille, and originally released by Paramount Pictures. It stars Loretta Young as Berengaria of..

3.She Had to Say Yes

Loretta Young, Regis Toomey

Released: 1933

Directed by: George Amy, Busby Berkeley

She Had to Say Yes is a 1933 pre-Code film directed by George Amy and Busby Berkley. It was Berkley’s directorial debut. Loretta Young stars as a secretary who receives unwanted sexual..

2.The Accused

Loretta Young, Sara Allgood

Released: 1949

Directed by: William Dieterle

The Accused is a 1949 American film noir directed by William Dieterle and written by Ketti Frings, based on Be Still, My Love, a 1947 novel written by June Truesdell. The drama features..


Don Ameche, Loretta Young

Released: 1936

Directed by: Henry King

The first version of Ramona to have sound and also the first to have color..
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