Saturday, January 5, 2013
Silent Film Star: Loretta Young.
Loretta Young (January 6, 1913 – August 12, 2000). Starting as a child actress, she had a long and varied career in film from 1917 to 1953. She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, as Gretchen Young. At confirmation, she took the name Michaela. She and her family moved to Hollywood when she was three years old.
She was signed to a contract by John McCormick (1893-1961), husband and manager of actress Colleen Moore, who saw the young girl's potential. The name "Loretta" was given to her by Colleen, who named her after her favorite doll.
Young was billed as Gretchen Young in the silent film, Sirens of the Sea (1917). It was not until 1928 that she was first billed as "Loretta Young" in The Whip Woman.
That same year she co-starred with Lon Chaney in the film, Laugh, Clown, Laugh. (pictured above)
In 1930, Young, then 17, eloped with 26-year-old actor Grant Withers(pictured above) and married him in Yuma, Arizona. The marriage was annulled the next year, just as their second movie together (appropriately titled Too Young to Marry) was released.