Judy Lewis, 76, an actress, writer, and psychotherapist who was the daughter of Loretta Young and Clark Gable, died of cancer Friday, Nov. 25, at Waverly Heights, a retirement community in Gladwyne, PA.
In her 1994 best seller, Uncommon Knowledge, Ms. Lewis reported that she was conceived in 1935 when Young and Gable were filming a Yukon adventure, The Call of the Wild.
Gable was married to his second wife and Young was single at the time. Because she had a morals clause in her contract with 20th Century Fox, Young hid the pregnancy and birth, and 19 months later told the public she had adopted a daughter. When Young married Thomas Lewis in 1940, her daughter took his name, but he never adopted her.
In an interview published in The Inquirer in 1994, Ms. Lewis said: "It was very difficult for me as a little girl not to be accepted . . . by my mother, who to this day will not publicly acknowledge that I am her biological child."
In an authorized biography published after her death in 2000, Ms. Young confirmed that Ms. Lewis was Gable's daughter.
LEWIS, Judy (Judith Young)
Born: 11/6/1935, Venice, California, U.S.A.
Died: 11/25/2011, Gladwyne, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Judy Lewis’ westerns – actress:
Mackenzie’s Raiders (TV) – 1958
Outlaws (TV) – 1961-1962 (Connie Masters)