Legendary Actress Loretta Young Dies

“I decided the whole world was a soundstage, and I wanted to see it,” she told a reporter in 1986. “I traveled for two years. When I came back, I wasn’t anxious to return to work, and I didn’t need to financially. Suddenly the years slipped by. I was living my life. It was quiet when I wanted it quiet and exciting when I wanted it exciting.”

Stayed Out of Limelight

Except for Christmas Eve in 1986, she stayed out of the limelight, pursuing her charities and spending time with her family.

In 1940 she married broadcast executive Thomas Lewis, and they had two sons, Christopher, born in 1944, and Peter, in 1945. Miss Young and Lewis were separated for many years before she divorced him in 1969.

In August 1993, Miss Young surprised her friends by marrying fashion designer Jean Louis. She was 80, he was 85. She told Daily Variety: “We’ve known each other for so long. And when something is right, it just slips into place.”

Jean Louis died in April 1997.

Funeral arrangements were incomplete. She is survived by her sister, daughter Judy, of Los Angeles, and two sons, Peter, of Solvang, and Christopher, of Palm Springs.

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