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Hollywood Madonna
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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-2
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  1. 1. Life without Father
  2. pp. 3-9
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  1. 2. The Creation of Loretta Young
  2. pp. 10-17
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  1. 3. LORETTA TALKS!
  2. pp. 18-25
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  1. 4. Sacrtficial Wives, Shop Girls, and Proud Proletarians
  2. pp. 26-38
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  1. 5. Loaned Out
  2. pp. 39-47
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  1. 6. Last Days at Warner’s
  2. pp. 48-52
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  1. 7. Darryl Zanuck’s Costume Queen
  2. pp. 53-64
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  1. 8. The Men in Her Life
  2. pp. 65-70
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  1. 9. Heeding the Call of the Wild
  2. pp. 71-78
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  1. 10. The Great Lie
  2. pp. 79-87
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  1. 11. Return from the Ashes
  2. pp. 88-102
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  1. 12. Addio, Darryl
  2. pp. 103-111
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  1. 13. The Price of Freedom
  2. pp. 112-124
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  1. 14. Loretta Goes to War
  2. pp. 125-131
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  1. 15. “Age cannot wither” (but Hollywood Can)
  2. pp. 132-138
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  1. 16. Thrice Blessed: A Reunion, a Replacement, and an Oscar
  2. pp. 139-153
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  1. 17. The Return to Fox—and Zanuck
  2. pp. 154-162
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  1. 18. Slow Fade to Small Screen
  2. pp. 163-169
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  1. 19. Radio Days
  2. pp. 170-185
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  1. 20. Another Medium, Another Conquest
  2. pp. 186-206
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  1. 21. The Road to Retirement
  2. pp. 207-217
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  1. 22. A New Life
  2. pp. 218-229
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  1. 23. The Last Reel
  2. pp. 230-244
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  1. Images
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 245-255
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  1. Filmography
  2. pp. 256-258
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  1. Major Radio Appearances
  2. pp. 259-260
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  1. Major Television Appearances
  2. pp. 261-261
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 262-269
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