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Forecourt Ceremony held on Monday, May 31, 1937
Born: Gretchen Young, January 6, 1913, in Salt Lake City, Utah
Age at the time of the ceremony: 24
Died: August 12, 2000, in Los Angeles, California, age 87
Loretta Young might have had the longest carreer of all as a performer in films, beginning as a child actor in 1917, all the way up to winning an Emmy in 1986. Always willing to try new things, Young became an early hit on tevelvision, and was extremely active in Catholic charities.

Gretchen and her two sisters had been trained from their infancy to perform. When her parents divorced when she was three, mother Gladys moved the girls to Hollywood, where she bagged her first role as a toddler in The Primrose Ring (released in May, 1917) at Paramount. While in high school, she was signed to a contract by producer John McCormick, husband of star Coleen Moore, who re-named the girl "Loretta."

Her first film for McCormick was Naughty But Nice (released in June, 1927) starring Moore, but before long, Loretta was second-billed with Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. in The Careless Age (released in September, 1929), but was top-billed over him in Loose Ankles (released in February, 1930). She co-starred with John Barrymore in The Man from Blankley's (released in March, 1930), so at the age of 17, Loretta was on the fast track — she made many films during the 1930s. Young spent a lot of time at 20th Century and Fox Films as well as Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and so, several of her films played the Chinese: The House of Rothschild with George Arliss (played in April, 1934), The White Parade with John Boles (played in November, 1934), Clive of India with Ronald Coleman (played in February, 1935), The Call of the Wild with Clark Gable (played in July, 1935), and she played the title role in the early Technicolor film of Ramona with Don Ameche (played in September, 1936).

Loretta Young had just finished her second film with Tyrone Power, Café Metropole which was playing the Chinese in May, 1937, when the two of them were invited to make thier impressions together. Loretta went first. The ceremony attracted another huge crowd, requiring even more crowd-control than ever.

Although she was a reliable star at 20th, Young became dissatisfied with her roles; she quit and became a freelancer — just in time for the World War II years. After being incredibly busy during the 1930s, she slowed her pace, appearing in only one or two films a year through the 1940s, including Ladies Courageous (released in February, 1944), and The Stranger (released in August, 1946), she won the Best Actress Oscar for The Farmer's Daughter (released in March, 1947), starred opposite both Cary Grant and David Niven in The Bishop's Wife (released in February, 1947), and scored a personal triumph in Come to the Stable (released in September, 1949).

Switching to television, by 1953, she had her own anthology series, The Loretta Young Show, which ran on NBC from 1953 to 1961. Young won a primetime Emmy as Best Actress Starring in a Regular Series in 1955, 1957, and 1959; that year she won a Golden Globe for the show. The 165 episodes ran for years, both on NBC in daytime, and in syndication. She hosted The New Loretta Young Show on CBS during the 1962-1963 season, but it faired poorly in its time slot, and was cancelled after the first year.

In her retirement, Young worked with her fellow stars Jane Wyman, Irene Dunne and Rosalind Russell on Catholic charities. Pretty good company if you ask us. She came out of retirement to play in the TV movie Christmas Eve, and picked up another Golden Globe for her performance in 1986.

She died of ovarian cancer in 2000 at the age of 76.
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Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood, California. Loretta Young / Tyrone Power Forecourt ceremony, Monday, May 31, 1937. An unknown attendant steadies a washbowl as Sid Grauman oversees Tyrone Power have his hand placed in the cement by Loretta Young.
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