This project began in 1990, but my life went into a different direction and was never published. Then, in 2012, Linda Lewis, Loretta Young’s daughter-in-law, called, urging me to finally bring this book to full life. I’ll be forever grateful to Loretta Young, a guarded woman by nature, who finally decided to tell a very personal story. In doing so, she enlisted the help of her three sisters and life-long friends. These people have all passed on, but their voices remain vividly in the present.
Excerpts pertaining to Loretta’s relationship with Clark Gable
Gable arrived at Loretta’s train compartment uninvited. She recalled,” I allowed him in as I would have any member of the crew, thinking he was there for a visit. He had other intentions. Very persistent intentions. He wasn’t rough, but I kept saying no, and he wouldn’t take no for an answer.”
Loretta received a phone call from Ria Gable a few weeks later. Loretta recalled, "I was in Mama's room and I picked up the phone. Mrs. Gable said, 'This is very presumptuous of me, but you may or may not know that there are rumors flying around town about you and my husband.'”
In 1998, when Loretta was eighty-five, she was watching television with Edward Funk. There was the mention of date-rape on the news, and she asked him what exactly did that mean. He explained to the best of his ability. The following day, Loretta called her daughter-in-law, Linda and said. “I know now that there was a word for what happened to me with Clark.”
Clark Gable arrived on the set of THE CRUSADES. Loretta recalled, “He waited until I was through and then offered to take me home. We went for a drive up in the Hollywood Hills. He didn’t say much, but it was apparent that he was agitated. With the long silences, I felt very uncomfortable and finally felt the pressure to say something. I blurted out, ‘Would it make any difference if I told you that I wasn’t pregnant?’ He turned and looked at me and then asked, ‘Well, are you or aren’t you?’ I felt like such a fool. I didn’t know why I had said that except that I had tried to think of something to say he wanted to hear, my inherent need to please taken to an illogical length. I had to tell him that I was pregnant. His look toward me was one of total exasperation, and very little was said as he drove me home.” There would be some phone calls in the interim, but it would be more than a year before Loretta would see Clark Gable again.
Loretta’s sister, Sally, "I remember taking an odd route to get there (the house in Westwood where Loretta and the baby were in hiding). My mother didn't approve that I was going at all because of all the secrecy, but I was dying to see the baby. She was very big by the time I did. I just loved her looks and kept saying, ‘Oh Loretta, I hope I have a baby that looks just like this.' In response to my enthusiasm about Judy, Loretta referred to Gable’s visit earlier in the week, the first time he had seen his daughter, and said, 'Yes, and do you know after all that has gone on, all that we've gone through, instead of having any interest in his daughter, he tried to knock me down on the bed! Can you imagine, Sally? That bastard! Who the hell does he think he is?' And I thought, 'With all that's happened, she thinks he's a bastard. He didn't understand that Loretta was a human being that had suffered very much.”
Loretta acted like she couldn’t have been more flattered that MGM’s two biggest male stars (Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy) would come to see her (on the set of UNGUARDED HOUR). Under her smile she thought differently. She reflected, “I thought how different these two men were. Clark who was still married to Ria was in a hot romance with Carole Lombard. He was like a child, totally unaware of all the difficulty I’d been through. As for Spencer, I was afraid to look him in the eyes. Would they show love? Would they show hurt? I didn’t have to look to know that they’d show both."
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About the Author
Edward J. Funk has been a ghost writer for business moguls who wanted to write their life stories to help promote their enterprises. In 1990, Mr. Funk embarked on a ten year relationship with the legendary actress, Loretta Young. What started as a working relationship soon developed into a friendship that grew throughout Miss Young's last decade. At one point she told him that he was her best friend. Loretta Young had a reputation of tightly controlling her image and being very guarded while giving interviews. That all changed in her relationship with Mr. Funk. In the first year of their collaboration, Mr. Funk taped over one hundred hours of interviews with Miss Young that netted twenty-five hundred pages of typed transcripts. She became even more candid during the following years. The original intent was to write a biography of Miss Young. There was much to tell, including giving birth to a secret baby fathered by a married Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy being the love of her life, and an expected proposal from Tyrone Power that never came. Plus, so much more about her relationships with the most important people in her life. The book was delayed for reasons related to both Miss Young and the author. With encouragement from members of Miss Young's family, Behind the Door: the Real Story of Loretta Young, freshly rewritten, is finally available. The clarity offered by the passage of time made it apparent that there are, indeed, two more books: Loretta and Me details Mr. Funk's first hand observations of Loretta's relationships with her family and continued interaction with the really rich and famous. Eavesdropping: Loretta Young Talks about her Movie Years offers Miss Young's first person account of what it was like to work as a child extra in silent films, followed by twenty-five years of glamorous stardom (she made ninety-eight movies) opposite the most attractive male stars of the silver screen. Mr. Funk now lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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Didnt find movie listings as interesting as life story Seemed alittle braggy and full of self importance to me Her kids seemed very unimportant to her