Clandestine Facts About Loretta Young, Hollywood’s Iron Butterfly

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On the surface, Loretta Young was the saintly good girl—an actress as moral and sweet as the roles she chose to play. But she was so much more than that. For her entire life, she worked tirelessly to bury a secret with the power to destroy her reputation. If there was one thing Young wanted, it was a happy ending—and she willfully paid the price. 1. She Was Still A BabyWhen Loretta Young came into this world in 1913, she wasn’t born “Loretta.” Her given name was actually Gretchen. Later, her recently divorced mother moved her family to Hollywood to open a boarding house. That was when three-ye…

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