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Frank Taylor, Montgomery Clift, Eli Wallach, Arthur Miller, Marilyn Monroe, John Huston and Clark Gable on the set of “The Misfits” in Reno, Nevada, 1960.

Loretta Young with her daughter Judy Lewis

Loretta gave birth to her daughter Judy on November 6, 1935. Judy was the result of an affair with Clark Gable during filming of The Call of the Wild (1935). In 1935 extramarital affairs and out-of-wedlock pregnancies were so scandalous it could have ended both of their careers. Loretta, a devout Catholic refused to have an abortion.

She spent most of her pregnancy in Europe to avoid Hollywood gossip. She resorted to giving the baby, who had a false name listed as her mother on her birth certificate, to an orphanage and at 19 months old she formally adopted her biological daughter. Loretta did all she could to conceal Judy’s paternity. Judy inherited Clark’s trademark big ears so Loretta used bonnets to hide them. At 7-years-old Judy’s ears were surgically pinned back. 

Judy saw her father, who died in 1960, only once, when she was 15 but at the time she didn’t know he was her father. In 1958, Judy had an identity crisis and was hesitant to marry her fiancé so he told her Clark Gable is her father. She confronted her mother in 1966 who then finally revealed the truth. In her 1994 memoir, “Uncommon Knowledge,” Judy expressed her upset that her mother never admitted that her adoption was all a sham. Loretta refused to speak with her daughter for 3 years after her memoir’s publication. After years of rumors and criticisms, Loretta confessed in her memoir that Judy is her biological daughter and it was indeed Gable who fathered her baby, but she refused to allow the book to be published until after her death in 2000. Judy died in 2011 at the age of 76. 

In 2015, Linda Lewis,

Loretta’s daughter-in-law,

stated publicly

that

Loretta

had confided to her before her death that Gable had raped

Loretta, and that, though the two had flirted on-set, there had been no affair.

Gene Tierney and Clark Gable publicity photos for the film ‘Never Let Me Go’, 1953.

Clark Gable and Loretta Young in The Call of the Wild (1935)

During filming Clark and Loretta had an affair resulting in the birth of their daughter, Judy Lewis on November 6, 1935. Loretta, a single

devout

Catholic concealed her pregnancy and placed her daughter in an orphanage at eight months. She brought her into public view at 19 months, saying she was her adopted child. Judy didn’t discover the truth about her biological parents until was 31 years old, by then Clark had died. The truth was kept a secret for nearly 60 years until Judy confirmed that the rumors were true in her 1994 memoir Uncommon Knowledge