Loretta Young was an American actress. Starting as a child actress, she had a long and varied career in film from 1917 to 1953. She won the 1948 best actress Academy Award for her role in the 1947 film The Farmer’s Daughter, and received an Oscar nomination for her role in Come to the Stable, in 1950.
Young then moved to the relatively new medium of television, where she had a dramatic anthology series called The Loretta Young Show, from 1953 to 1961. The series earned three Emmy Awards, and reran successfully on daytime TV and later in syndication. A devout Catholic, Young worked with charities after her acting career.
She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah as Gretchen Michaela Young, of Luxembourgian descent. At confirmation, she took the name Michaela. She and her family moved to Hollywood when she was three years old.
Young and her sisters Polly Ann and Elizabeth Jane worked as child actresses, of whom Loretta was the most successful. Young’s first role was at the age of three, in the silent film The Primrose Ring. The movie’s star Mae Murray so fell in love with Young that she wanted to adopt her. Although her mother declined, Young was allowed to live with Murray for two years. During her high school years, Young was educated at Ramona Convent Secondary School.