Loretta Young’s Daughter Was Conceived While by Clark Gable, Whose Paternity Was Kept Secret for Years
Loretta Young was a powerhouse with great acting skills and unmatchable beauty. However, at some point in her life, she was allegedly raped by another celebrity, a story that was kept a secret for decades — inside the Hollywood scandal.
Loretta Young possessed exceptional beauty and talent. Staying in front of the camera was second nature to her and she did it effortlessly. Before reaching five, she already showcased her acting prowess and by 40, had starred in hundreds of films.
Lovers of classic films and TV shows would easily remember Young from the trailblazing show of the early and mid-20th century, "The Loretta Young Show."
Picture of Clark Gable and Loretta Young | Photo: Getty Images
She was loved by many, and even admired by her colleagues. Young did not seem to waver in her quest to deliver great content, she became better as the years went by.
Amid the fame and fortune, the superstar witnessed a dramatic change in her life. When she was a young adult in her peak, she became a mother to an adorable girl named Judy Lewis.
She became an actress and a psychotherapist who shared the story of her complicated death. Like her mother, Lewis lived a full life and died at age 76.
American actress Loretta Young during a shoot, circa 1940 | Photo: Getty Images
Lewis' paternity was kept a secret until decades later. The world also discovered her history through her mother's revelations in a book. Although after her birth the gossip mills circulated some rumors of her mother being involved with a married man, the truth remained a mystery for decades to come.
Many would have thought that Young was inconsiderate by depriving her firstborn of a father figure, but a closer look into the entire picture would reveal the truth.
American actress Loretta Young during a shoot, circa 1940 | Photo: Getty Images
First, to understand her actions, one must understand who she was, and bear in mind the Hollywood atmosphere of the era in which she thrived. It was a male-dominated space, and claims of affairs or sexual advancements often has a negative impact on the women involved.
Again, Young's involvement with another celebrity who was married could tarnish their image, so keeping the truth in faraway land made it easier for both parties to sail and advance their career. However, the actress was also humiliated.
American actress Loretta Young during a shoot circa 1935 | Photo: Getty Images
A TOUGH BEGINNING
Amid the scandal and numerous adjectives some people would have used to describe her in the past had the story been confirmed, she remains the indisputable icon and actress who stole the hearts of many with her enchanting looks and works.
Such greatness was born into a working-class family with no formal education. During her years on screen as a young child, she worked by her birth name, Gretchen.
Actress Loretta Young and Robert Williams in a scene from the movie "Platinum Blonde" on January 01, 1931 | Photo: Getty Images
At the time, what she did was not special as her two sisters also acted in insignificant roles to earn extra money. It was not until age 14 that Young distinguished herself by rendering an excellent performance after standing in for her sister.
She was confident, a brilliant star, and of ethereal beauty. It did not take the world long to accept her after her role in Lon Chaney's "Laugh, Clown, Laugh."
Actress Loretta Young and Dean Jagger in a scene from the movie "The Men in Her Life" on January 01, 1941 | Photo: Getty Images
LORETTA YOUNG'S ROMANCE
Young was not the only beautiful child of her parents; her sisters were equally great-looking and possessed acting skills. During their early acting years, many teenage boys visited their homes to spend time with the girls.
However, her mother was a strict Catholic and tried to raise her girls to observe purity. Young wanted to explore, she was always the different one, and she proved to be the black sheep of the family by eloping at 17 to marry a 28-year-old man named Grant Withers.
A short time later, she retraced her steps, came home, but was ostracised from the family. Her mom and sisters refused to speak to her.
American actress Loretta Young during a shoot on May 5, 1933 | Photo: Getty Images
She suffered the consequences for her actions and later pledged purity after getting counsel from a priest. The young girl tried to reconcile her image as a morally upright girl following the ways of the Catholic church.
However, it was hard to kill the burning desire to love or be loved. After all, she was famous and came in contact with many folks; She was also very inquisitive and was in search of a real-life fairytale romance.
American actress Loretta Young during a shoot on August 1956 | Photo: Getty Images
Either way, Young kept meeting people and falling in love with different men. She felt attracted to an actor who married another woman; she also loved a businessman, who, sadly, died during an operation.
The actress did not give up hope, and she fell for a Catholic man, Spencer Tracy, when he was separated from his wife. Tracy refused to have a divorce, and their relationship was defined as mere flirtation.
Loretta Young's promotional photo circa 1952 | Photo: Getty Images
THE HOLLYWOOD-SCANDAL/YOUNG'S STORY
At 22, she met Clark Gable, a famous actor dubbed the king of Hollywood, a man known for philandering and being at loggerheads with his second wife. He also had a few unappealing records to his name such as drunk driving, but his managers managed the situation.
Years ago, the duo was seen together during their romantic involvement, they worked and stayed in the same space, but Young told journalists at the time that nothing happened, and she was right.
Shortly before their production team was called home, the flirting partners were kept in separate cabins on a train, and Young assumed that the episode would die down after their departure.
Promotional photo of Clark Gable circa 1940 | Photo: Getty Images
It was one of the last days when Gable entered her compartment. The details of the incident were not shared with any living soul.
Young was more than 80 years old when she decided to spill the beans after living a life with such a burden for so many years, with nobody to tell and no words to describe the incident that changed her life.
At the time of the revelation, she was already a happily married woman to her husband, a French fashion designer, Jean Louis. The couple was living in a comfortable home in Palm Springs.
Loretta Young and her daughter Judy Lewis | Photo: YouTube/Facts Verse
Before breathing her last, the actress confided in her son, daughter-in-law, and longtime biographer. It was the story with Gable that made it into the shock list.
The actress described the experience on the train with the man whom she once flirted with as "date-raped." It happened once, but she became pregnant with her first child.
Judy Lewis and her mother Loretta Young aboard the Pacific Princess cruise ship in California circa 1978 | Photo: Getty Images
She acted normal after the alleged rape, concealed the pregnancy and childbirth with the help of her family, and later gave birth to a healthy child named Judy Lewis.
Lewis was kept in a Venice home with a nurse, Frenchie, and her mother visited often. Frenchie later turned on the family and threatened to blackmail them, leading Young to place her child in a Catholic orphanage, with hopes of adopting her one day.
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