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1 Life without Father 3
2 The Creation of Loretta Young 10
3 Loretta Talks! 18
4 Sacrificial Wives, Shop Girls, and Proud Proletarians 26
5 Loaned Out 39
6 Last Days at Warner's 48
7 Darryl Zanuck's Costume Queen 53
8 The Men in Her Life 65
9 Heeding the Call of the Wild 71
10 The Great Lie 79
11 Return from the Ashes 88
12 Addio, Darryl 103
13 The Price of Freedom 112
14 Loretta Goes to War 125
15 "Age cannot wither" (but Hollywood Can 132
16 Thrice Blessed: A Reunion, a Replacement, and an Oscar 139
17 The Return to Fox-and Zanuck 154
18 Slow Fade to Small Screen 163
19 Radio Days 170
20 Another Medium, Another Conquest 186
21 The Road to Retirement 207
22 A New Life 218
23 The Last Reel 230
Major Radio Appearances 259
Major Television Appearances 261
Posted October 9, 2011
I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
From Goodreads: "Hollywood Madonna explores the full saga of Loretta Young's professional and personal life. She made her film debut at age four, became a star at fifteen, and many awards and accolades later, made her final television movie at age seventy-six. This biography withholds none of the details of her affair with Clark Gable and the daughter that powerful love produced."
I was a bit disappointed that this book had very little information about Loretta Young's personal life compared to the onslaught of information regarding her body of work. It did talk about Loretta Young's younger life before she started acting at age 4, but after that the majority of the book, at least until she retired from acting, was all about movies and television. This might not have been so bad if the author didn't constantly veer off into talking about other movies and other television shows that were airing or being made at the same time as Loretta's movies and shows. If this information had been given as a short little aside, it would have been a bit more understandable, but whole sections were given over to discussing what else was going on in Hollywood at the same time, and that really wasn't why I wanted to read this book. It stated in the description of the book (see above) that it explored her professional AND personal life, and I really felt like the majority of her personal life was not mentioned at all. The fact that she had other children besides Judy (her daughter with Clark Gable) was barely touched on, or even mentioned at all, and although their births were not scandalous like Judy's was, they are still important when telling the full story of her personal life. I was glad to learn about the professional side of her story, but I didn't expect that to be the end all and be all of what made Loretta Young who she was.
The author also spoke a lot about Ms. Young being a staunch Catholic, and while this definitely played a role in who she was, it seemed like that was the only part of her personal story that Mr. Dick found interesting. I understand that she was a devout Catholic, but I think she was much, much more than just a Catholic and an actress, and I feel like I don't know much more about that than I did before I read the book. I just wish I had gained more insight into who she was as a person.
I found myself getting frustrated and having to put the book down for long periods of time because of the sheer volume of information given about movies and actors who had nothing to do with Loretta Young and her story. I think the book could have been cut down considerably and still told the story of Loretta Young, as the author sees it.
For film buffs, this book would be terrific! There was tons of information regarding movies from the 20's to the 50's which would appeal to them.
Another problem that I had was how many times the author said, "Ms. Young might have thought ...", or "Ms. Young may have decided ...", etc. I wasn't looking for inferences from the author, but facts about the actress.
I don't want to sound like I thought this was a terrible book, because it wasn't. It just wasn't what I thought it would be from the description. I'm sure it would appeal to people who are most interested in Loretta Young's professional life, and that's why I gave it 3 stars :)
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Posted May 21, 2013
I was VERY dispointed when I read this
Very little on Loretta, gave an overview the movies she was in, than her.There was not much about
Her life at all Very bad biography LTMB