While I learned so many things about early Hollywood that have given me a new appreciation for those stars who "made it" what I read about Loretta Young left me disappointed in her. If this book is true fact and not a work of fiction, Loretta Young was not someone I would have wanted to know. Her treatment of her daughter was unforgivable. She was a selfish diva. If you love her, avoid this book.
The book was enjoyable. However I think there is too much detail of the movies she made. The book goes into too much Detail about the movies and not enough detail of Lorerttas life. There is very little said. About Judy Lewis and Loretta During Judy's growing up years. I thought I would learn about Loretta And Judy. This was disappointing.
I liked this biography well enough, I guess, but found myself angry more than once because of the senseless errors throughout the book. This author is an actual college professor, apparently, and yet it seems he must have gotten some first year student gopher to do his research for him. Two glaring examples: the author referred to Loretta Young entertaining the idea of a nighttime series called "Dark Shadows" when the show she was actually considering was titled "Dark Mansions." Very sloppy research. Not only that, he stated that Joan Fontaine passed on it also. In fact, Miss Fontaine did film the pilot. Another dumb mistake was his reference to "General Hospital" ending its run in the early 1980's. The last time I looked, it was still on ABC's daytime lineup. I could go on, but that would just frustrate me further and you get the general idea anyway. Who knows how many other mistakes there were with which I am not familiar? I really expected better. I was excited when I heard this book was coming out and so I purchased it. Live and learn, I guess. By the way, don't books have editors anymore? Apparently not.
it is a good book but the description of her movie parts was so detailed and unnecessary. I skipped a lot of pages during this part of the book and moved on to the interesting stuff. I would still recommend it and the story of her life is very interesting
I read this book when it was first released. However I remember very little about this book as there was very little of interest to remember! What i do remember is that the author only interviewed one of Miss Young's children, Judy Lewis. So again, we had to hear about Judy's "torturous" childhood. Without interviews from Miss Young's two sons, Chris & Peter, all objectivity is lost. Those readers who are quick to judge Miss Young's actions with regards to the conceiving of Judy will soon be able to hear Miss Young's side of the story(the TRUTH). Miss Young(the lady who she was & is) chose to remain silent because she did not wish to hurt her daughter. This is soon to change with the pending release of a new book by her close friend, Edward Funk. In addition to Loretta, Ed had relationships with sisters Polly Ann, Sally & Georgina, mother Gladys & best friend Josie Wayne. So Ed knows "the real deal". As Miss Young requested, Ed has waited for the passing of Judy for the release of their book.THE TRUTH WILL SOON BE TOLD!! PS - Check out Chris & Linda's(LY'S son & daughter--n-law) website & facebook homage to Miss Young.