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|Nickname:||Loretta Young / Gretchen Young / Attila the Nun / Saint Loretta|
|Known for:||The Stranger, The Bishop's Wife, Come to the Stable|
|Birth name:||Gretchen Young|
|Birthday:||6 January 1913, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA|
|Height:||5' 6" (1.68 m)|
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TriviaMiss Young's return to the screen following convent school came about rather fortuitously. A casting call was sent out by the producers of Naughty But Nice (1927) for her sister Polly Ann Young. Answering the telephone, the young Gretchen replied that her sister was unavailable and wondered if she herself might substitute. And so she did. It was merely a bit part, but it led to a movie contract and eventual stardom for Loretta Young. In 1972, Miss Young sued NBC for violating her contract in allowing reruns of "Letter to Loretta" (1953) (better known as "The Loretta Young Show") to be shown, wherein audiences might have ridiculed her gowns and hairstyles, which were by then 10 or even 20 years out of date. The court awarded her more than a half-million dollars. Loretta Young's third husband was Academy Award winning clothing and costume designer, Jean Louis. He was well known for designing for the stars at Columbia Studios, Universal and in his own salon in Beverly Hills. His most famous creations included the strapless gown for Rita Hayworth in the film Gilda (1946) as well as Marilyn Monroe's white sequined gown she wore to sing "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" to John F. Kennedy. Jean Louis married Loretta after the death of his first wife, Maggy, who was a personal friend of Loretta for over 50 years. In her posthumously published autobiography, she admitted that her "adopted" daughter, Judy Lewis, was her biological daughter by Clark Gable. Country singer Loretta Lynn was named after her. Caused a buzz in 1999 when she appeared on the cover of 'Vanity Fair' looking a lot younger than her 86 years, "todays air brushing techniques can do wonders" was her explanation. She chose her own middle name, "Michaela" at the time of her confirmation as a teen. She was raised as a Catholic, and some Catholics back then were able to choose the name or names of a saint or saints whom they most admired and add it onto their own. She simply liked the name Michaela. Apparently, her mother never actually gave her one at birth. Loretta and older sisters Sally Young and Polly Ann Young worked as extras during school vacations while young. Their mother ran a boarding house to support the family. Sister of John R. Young. All the Young children were child extras in silent films. Aunt of Robert Foster who, from 1975 to 1978, played the role of Grimsley, the vampire-mortician horror host of "Fright Night" (1970) on Channels 9 (then KHJ-TV) and 5 (KTLA) in Southern California. Godmother of Marlo Thomas.