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Loretta Young (1913–2000) was an Academy Award–winning actress known for devout Catholicism and her performances in The Farmer’s Daughter, The Bishop’s Wife, and Come to the Stable, and for her long-running and tremendously popular television series. But that was not the whole story.
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. Bernard F. Dick places Young’s affair in the proper context of the time and the choices available to women in 1935, especially a noted Catholic like Young, whose career would have been in ruins if the public knew of her tryst. With the birth of a daughter, who would have been branded a love child, Loretta Young reached the crossroads of disclosure and deception, choosing the latter path. That choice resulted in an illustrious career for her and a tortured childhood for her daughter.
|Publisher:||University Press of Mississippi|
|Series:||Hollywood Legends Series|
|Product dimensions:||6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
Bernard F. Dick, Teaneck, New Jersey, is professor of communication and English at Fairleigh Dickinson University and is the author of Hal Wallis: Producer to the Stars; Engulfed: The Death of Paramount Pictures and the Birth of Corporate Hollywood; Forever Mame: The Life of Rosalind Russell; Claudette Colbert: She Walked in Beauty; and several other books.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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 :)
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