Born 1913 as Gretchen Young in Salt Lake City, Utah, American actress Loretta Young had her first role at the age of three, in the silent film The Primrose Ring.
Starting as a child actress, Young had a long and varied career in film from 1917 to 1953. She won the 1948 Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the 1947 film The Farmer’s Daughter and received an Oscar nomination for her role in Come to the Stable in 1949.
Young moved to the relatively new medium of television, where she had a dramatic anthology series, The Loretta Young Show, from 1953 to 1961. The series earned three Emmy Awards and was rerun successfully on daytime TV and later in syndication.
In the 1980s, Young returned to the small screen and won a Golden Globe for her role in Christmas Dove in 1986. Young, a devout Roman Catholic, worked with various Catholic charities after her acting career.
These glamorous and rare color photos that capture portrait of Loretta Young from between the 1930s and 1950s, at the peak of her career.