There are those wonderful stories/tributes to Miss Young, the celebrated and gifted actress that graced both the movie and television screen. I'm right up there with them in extolling her class and charisma (who can ever forget those magical moments watching her sweep through the blowing drapes and into our lives on TV?).
My story is a bit different. I had the great good opportunity to meet her in person in a venue that one probably wouldn't associate with a MOVIE STAR!!! At the time (circa Christmas 1980) I was employed as a paramedic in Tulsa, Ok. There was a Christmas party being held for police, fire department, emergency medical personnel, and media representatives (her son Christopher was a local TV news anchor) at a local eatery. Rumor circulated that LORETTA YOUNG would make an appearance and, of course, most all of us scoffed at the very notion that THE LORETTA YOUNG would (1) be in Tulsa and (2) would make an appearance at what could honestly be described as somewhat less than "Hollywood A-List."
BOY---were we wrong!!! About an hour or so into the festivities MAGIC HAPPENED! It's trite but it's true---the doors opened and in swept this stunning woman! She was gracious, she was funny, she was class beyond compare. She LOOKED LIKE A MOVIE STAR and acted like the lady next door. To this day I remember it---her standing at the bar and literally holding court. She would ask what you did and then proceed to tell you about an experience she had had with whatever specialty you were in. She was wonderfully funny and her laughter was from the gut and sincere. And you know what else---you just knew she was talking to YOU. As I said, she was elegant--even regal. I still remember the plaid tweed suit she wore with this wonderful scarf that was thrown across her shoulder. I was 30 about then and I fell in love with this bright, classy, and at times bawdily funny LADY! When the time came for her to leave we all just spontaneously stood up and cheered her out the door. THAT WAS A CLASS ACT!!!!
My last remark is why has this national treasure not been recognized with a Kennedy Center Honor? She is so very truly deserving.
Thank you for creating such a lovely tribute to Loretta Young. She deserves to be appreciated! I appreciate her values and the fact that she has stood by her principles. She is a true lady, and a good role model for women everywhere. Please send her my best wishes and heartfelt appreciation for her remarkable life and career.
I just wanted to say she is the most beautiful woman I've ever seen
When I was young in the 40s, my sisters and I often went to the movies three times a week. Now most of those films are on AMC on TV and I have the chance to tape them and watch them over and over. So many of them are Ms. Young's films. One of my favorites was Because of You with Jeff Chandler. To me she will always be "Marvie". How I still love that movie. Loretta Young has given me many happy hours, and still does. Thank you Loretta. You are very much loved.
Thank you for this web site. It is an honor to be one of the fans who has followed Miss Young for about 40 years, and it has been heartwarming to read other fans' memories of her. I share so many of them! I cherish the letters that I have received from her over the years. I am a fan whose memories will always remain alive and be part of who I am.
How lucky we are to have today's technology to help us to relive so many of Loretta Young's contributions to the film industry, but even more than those contributions to the film industry, I have been impressed by her standards of conduct, which have seemingly faced all of life's human frailities, and still allowed her to triumph and to live on in God's grace. What a model! What a true human hero! As she ended her T.V. show, so would I like to end my comments with a favorite quote of mine from the German poet, Rainer Maria Rilke:
"Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue to exist, a wonderful living side by side can grow up, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky."
I probably will never "meet" Loretta Young in person, but I have met her through her public life, and I feel as if I do live side by side with her, and that her examples have helped to make me a whole human being.
Thank you for the pleasure of reading about one of my favorite people in the movies.
I remember a Loretta Young Show where her husband was having a mid-life crisis and wanted to leave her for a younger woman. She, as the wife, wooed him back with love and a new bathing suit. She said at the end, "A wife's duty is not to see thru her husband's faults, but to see her husband thru." I've lived by that motto and it works.
Llke most American's I have always been a Loretta Young fan. I have fond memories of her great TV series, The Loretta Young Show. Our entire family watched it faithfully each week.
My grandma was dear friends with Loretta for probably close to 50 years. She, (Gladys A. Hunter) was a miliner and worked for the studios, and many desingers including Jean Louis and Gallanos. My grandma loved Loretta for her grace, friendship and class. I remember going to her home once with my grandma when I was probably only 5 or so. I think I walked around the house with my jaw on the ground the whole time.
I just want to thank Loretta for being so kind and caring to my grandma. She passed away in 1995 at the age of 95 from cancer. We miss her dearly!
Caroline (Hunter) Johnson
I am a big fan of Jack Lord, and I think Jack appeared on the Loretta Young Show once. Do you have any information on where I could get a copy of this episode? I know her show is now on the GoodLife TV channel, and I am checking the listings regularly, but I thought maybe a fan would have it on video. Any assistance you may offer will be greatly appreciated.
I have been a fan of Loretta Young all my life. I have watched many of her
movies and I watched her TV shows when they were on in the fifties and
I have collected many articles have many pictures of her.
I was thrilled when I learned that I could order the 1932 movie "They Call It Sin". It was a thrill to watch a movie that she made in 1932.
I have tried to bring up this page several times since I found it and wondered what had happened to this page.
Thanks for providing this page for those of us that have loved and will always love this wonderful actress.
I have loved Loretta Young all my life. She is and always will be the greatest actress that the movies ever produced.
Thank you Loretta Young for all of the memories.
I was sorry to hear that Miss Young's husband died recently.
I have been and will always be a devoted fan.
A fan in Virginia
I wish I had a way to honor you. You have given me postive feelings about people.
If there is ever a reason that I appreciate e-mail, it is now. You are a treasure. You were a part of my past that gave me great delight when I watched your television show. Now that I am beginning to realize how short life really is, I want to thank you for being a part of my present.
I pray that you will always remain the beautiful person you are. I speak of the joy you have shared, not just what we see in a mirror. I will thank God tonight for the opportunity to write you whether you read this or not.
You are so special!
I just left the television where the A&E channel presented the biography of Loretta. I was very impressed with her beauty outside, but more with her beauty inside. I'm sure when God looks down on her, he smiles.
I agree that she is wonderful and one of the most beautiful and talented ladies in the theater.
Thanks for your site.
God bless you ... Love
Thank you ever so much for starting this website, I have been looking for one devoted to Loretta for a long time.
Keep up the good work, it's great to see that someone appreciates the real artists of our time.
Happy Birthday, Loretta!
From a Fan in Illinois
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