Loretta Young, a daughter of German immigrants, had been since the age of four years as an extra in silent films. Your real career began when she played in 1927 a supporting role in the Colleen Moore movie Naughty But Nice. Loretta got the part by accident, as they answered the phone, as a director Mervyn LeRoy called to book her older sister, Polly Ann. Loretta, who still called Gretchen, asked if she could not play the game and got the role. The production company First National took them under contract, changed her name to Loretta and soon, the actress played in up to 8 films a year. The public first took notice of her when she in 1928 appeared alongside Lon Chaney, and Nils Asther in Laugh, Clown, Laugh. In 1929, she was already one of the starlets, in the opinion of The Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers, shortly WAMPAS have, most likely the makings of a real star.
At the beginning of her career, Loretta Young was often on the side of Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. to be seen. With the advent of sound film Loretta moved that quickly grew to an extraordinary beauty of the incidental to the leading actress. Their films were mostly little ambitious films) often as part of a double bill (two short films one after the main or a supporting film and a main movie, and ran. An exception was Platinum Blonde warned, where she created and directed by Frank Capra, of all making Jean Harlow dispute the man. Even Zoo in Budapest was an uncommonly beautiful film, an atmospherically dense description of two lonely people. Midnight Mary was young criminals, which passes through the love of a man a change of character. In Man's Castle, she was seen, directed by Frank Borzage, alongside Spencer Tracy too.
With the growing interest in Pre-Code Pictures so films that came before the implementation of strict censorship rules (Production Code) into the cinema, is also the image of Loretta Young in the change. Her studio Warner Brothers, the First National was acquired in 1928, specialized in the portrayal of the hardships of everyday life and Stripes as The Hatchet Man, and especially Employees' Entrance to present the actress to be as assertive woman like Barbara Stanwyck or Glenda Farrell.
In 1934 she joined with Darryl F. Zanuck at 20th Century whose new company, merged soon to the old Fox studio 20th Century Fox. In the internal hierarchy of Shirley Temple and Janet Gaynor were not settled before Loretta, whose popularity but also by bands like Clive of India and The Call of the Wild to grow. Together with Tyrone Power, she turned a total of 5 strips: 1936 - Ladies in Love, 1937 - Love Is News, Second Honeymoon, Cafe Metropol, 1938 - Suez. The career of the actress, however, has stagnated over time, as the producers more and more attention to the dressing room of actress and related dramatic role awarded to other stars.
In 1940, she therefore decided to work without a firm contract with a studio. This method, known as free-lancing, had revitalized the careers of already Ronald Colman, Irene Dunne, Cary Grant and Carole Lombard. Prepared the first film, the comedy The Doctor Takes A Wife, directed by Alexander Hall and Ray Milland was a great success.
Her best roles, the actress played shortly after the war. In 1946 she was in The Stranger (The Stranger), the unsuspecting wife of the Nazi criminal Orson Welles and 1947 she starred alongside Cary Grant in The Bishop's Wife, a woman who falls in love with an angel. 1947 was her year anyway, after the actress for the comedy The Farmer's Daughter (The Farmer's Daughter), a schwedischstämmige young woman who discovers their political consciousness, and finally in the U.S. Congress is elected, won the Oscar as best actress. Joseph Cotten and Ethel Barrymore to play with as well. The election of Loretta Young was a general surprise, as everyone expected, with Rosalind Russell in Mourning Becomes Electra. She also worked successfully in two Western with: Along Came Jones, in which they, with their marksmanship more save than once Gary Cooper and Rachel and the Stranger needs, in which it is sold as a white slave for $ 40 at William Holden, and at the end of his Love wins. In 1949, they received for the lead role in Henry Koster's drama ... and the heavens laughs (Come to the Stable) over two French sisters plan to open a children's hospital in New England, her second Oscar nomination.
1953, after her film career, she no longer satisfied, the actress began in the medium of television, a second, almost even more successful career. For over eight years was (the glamorous appearance of Loretta Young in a great evening wear the distinctive mark of their mission The Loretta Young Show during the first year was still Letter to Loretta). 1962/83 was followed by The New Loretta Young Show, a drama series. 1954, 1956 and 1958 respectively, she was honored with an Emmy Award as the best series actress.
Always trying to find the perfect image in public, the actress in 1972 successfully sued the station NBC to $ 600,000 damages because they felt their image as well-dressed woman had been damaged by the repetitions of the Loretta Young Show.
The John Kobal Book People Will Talk, the actress is a very interesting and open interview.