Vintage Hollywood Scandals

Imagine growing up as the adopted daughter of the beautiful starlet Loretta Young.

Enchanted VintageThen you find out you are not actually adopted and that Loretta was in fact your mother, that she had become pregnant very young to a married man and went away on a ‘vacation’ to hide her pregnancy. After giving birth, she dumped you off at an orphanage for about 2 years and then came back to get you, bringing you home and claiming you were her ‘adopted baby’. Yikes.

Then you proceed to the next question,”who is my dad?” Eventually, rumors start to hit your ears (the ears your mother had pinned back in an operation when you were 7, because they were too big) rumors that your dad is probably Clarke Gable. (Suddenly the ears make sense) You confront your mother about it after giving birth to your first child.  She becomes violently ill and says you are “just a walking mortal sin” Um, yikes again.

Enchanted VintageSo it would seem your dear old mom and daddy Clark had an affair while filming the ‘Call of the Wild’. You were the result of that affair and mom being a devout Catholic, felt she had no choice but to keep you, but resented you for reminding her of the sin she had committed. At this stage dad has been dead for 5 years.

Your name is Judy Lewis and this was your life. Imagine.

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Judy, the image of her dad

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Mom and Dad and the scene of the crime.... almost

Lewis went on to write a book about her experiences called Uncommon Knowledge.  She was also a successful, actress, producer and therapist. She passed away November 25th.

The book she wrote is no longer being printed or at least thats what I would like to assume, seeing as how the only one on amazon is currently priced at 500 bucks. Holy crap.

Either way, that’s what I call a proper Hollywood scandal.  Not like the muck we get these days, fake Kardashian weddings and Courtney Stodden. Bleugh.

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    Holy Crap! Well it looks like for how much she did with her life that she was able to rise about her mother’s short comings.Explains the therapist part, too!

  • http://missmeadowsvintagepearls.blogspot.com/ Miss Meadows

    Wow! That whole story sounds like an old time movie itself! What a life…

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    Gee what a life, sounds like it would be an interesting book – but not at that price!

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    WOW!! I love the info you provide here. Complete story is historic and I appreciate you whatever you said about Kardashian weddings and Courtney Stodden. Thanks

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    Such a crazy price!  Her life seems like such a dramatic story, perfect for film with a proper scandal and everything! I cannot imagine that being reality. 

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    Oh, lovely blog! Great!!!!!

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    It was stunned reading about vintage Hollywood scandal that happen. I think that she really didn’t plan to get pregnant on an early age. I think that her daughter would be able to understand the situation of to her mother.

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    Oh, That whole story sounds like an old time movie itself! What a life…

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    Clearly I was not around when this scandal broke out. That’s a terrible thing to do to your child because you prefer to have fame. That’s just not right.

  • Biba1969

    I knew  Gretchen Young, one of Loretta’s cousins. The story was common knowledge in Hollywood at the time.
    Loretta didn’t leave the country to have her, she lived in Venice, CA, during her pregnancy and subsequent “adoption” of Judy,returning to her home in Los Angeles afterward.

    It is truly sad, pathetic and cruel that due to the skewed idea that one could not be a mother (Marlene Dietrich did it) and be a star. I believe it’s called talking out of both sides of your mouth as Loretta was infamous for demanding quarters each time an actor on set would swear.
    Clark Gable always the opportunist.

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