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Loretta Young

Loretta Young

Show Count: 51
Series Count: 1
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Born: January 6, 1913
Old Time Radio, Salt Lake City, Utah, US
Died: August 12, 2000, Los Angeles, California, USA

Often dubbed one of the most beautiful actresses in Hollywood, Loretta Young made her radio debut long before her highly successful television and film career. In 1944, Young was cast in a radio drama and musical variety show called Everything For the Boys. Her show was titled Blythe Spirit, a drama written and produced by Arch Oboler.

Born in Salt Lake City, Utah on January 6, 1913, Young grew up to be more than merely beautiful. Her grace and elegance followed her through life and prompted other stars such as Marlene Dietrich to say, “Every time she sins, she builds a church.” Even as a young child the camera loved her, and as a young child Loretta was cast in some of the first films, including The Sheik.

Another radio program that Young was featured on, The Comedy Writers Show (1948), starred comedy writers for top comedians working through comedy skits for Groucho Marx, Bob Hope and Abbott and Costello. Young also appeared on the first episode of the dramatic program, Family Theater, and was instrumental in advising producer, Father Patrick Peyton, about how to introduce himself to top stars. She appeared on many episodes Family Theater, which became a very successful radio program during the 40s and early 50s.

Loretta Young starred with the rotating cast of three others -- Fred MacMurray, Robert Cummings and Rosalind Russell -- in dramatic plays on Four-Star Playhouse from July to September of 1949, but there were so many shows on the air that were similar that in the end, the program was short-lived.

Lux Radio Theater featured Loretta Young and Fred MacMurray more than any other stars on its programs – the show based on popular films of the era. She starred in 26 roles on the program, which also featured such stars as Mary Astor, Alan Ladd, Charles Boyer and Edward Arnold.

Some little-known facts about Loretta Young include that she had an illegitimate child with actor, Clark Gable. In an autobiography published after her death, she admitted that her adopted daughter was actually her biological daughter with Gable. During the 1960s, Young owned a successful New York cosmetics company. She turned down the starring part in It Happened One Night (1934), the role given to Claudette Colbert who later won the Oscar for Best Actress for that performance.

Loretta’s last performance was a television show, Lady in the Corner, in 1989. After retiring, Loretta spent 24 years happily living in Palm Springs, California. Loretta Young passed away of ovarian cancer on August 12, 2000 at the home of her sister, Georgiana Montalban and Georgina’s husband Ricardo Montalban.

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Broadcast: 14th December 1942
Added: Dec 15 2007
Broadcast: 21st May 1945
Added: Feb 02 2006
Broadcast: October 15, 1945
Added: Jun 17 2012
Broadcast: 22nd November 1943
Added: Nov 24 2007
Broadcast: 4th March 1948
Added: Jun 03 2007
Broadcast: 5th January 1948
Added: Mar 19 2010
Broadcast: 13th February 1947
Added: May 28 2006
Broadcast: 5th November 1939
Added: Feb 06 2010
Broadcast: 2nd March 1942
Added: Oct 03 2009
Broadcast: 13th February 1952
Starring: Loretta Young
Added: Feb 13 2011
Broadcast: February 18, 1953
Added: Jan 04 2015
Broadcast: 25th September 1945
Starring: Loretta Young
Added: Mar 15 2010
Broadcast: 13th November 1944
Added: Jul 09 2013
Broadcast: 31st March 1949
Added: Mar 16 2010
Broadcast: 5th February 1939
Added: Feb 09 2012
Broadcast: 18th April 1943
Added: Mar 18 2010
Broadcast: 5th June 1944
Added: Mar 14 2010
Broadcast: 25th November 1940
Added: Jun 13 2001
Broadcast: 19th November 1952
Added: Nov 27 2011
Broadcast: 16th June 1941
Added: Jun 01 2008
Broadcast: 2nd March 1950
Added: Mar 07 2008
Broadcast: 15th February 1942
Starring: Loretta Young
Added: Mar 20 2011
Broadcast: 21st December 1949
Added: Dec 21 2008
Broadcast: 27th December 1950
Added: Dec 26 2010
Broadcast: 2nd October 1940
Added: Oct 06 2011
Broadcast: 22nd April 1946
Added: Mar 13 2010
Broadcast: 15th January 1939
Added: May 29 2012
Broadcast: 30th October 1939
Added: Dec 01 2007
Broadcast: December 6, 1943
Added: Dec 08 2017
Broadcast: March 20, 1949
Added: Mar 29 2008
Broadcast: 30th November 1936
Added: Mar 12 2010
Broadcast: 18th November 1948
Added: May 06 2010
Broadcast: November 17, 1940
Added: May 22 2014
Broadcast: 14th January 1940
Added: Mar 20 2010