Wednesday, November 30, 2011

RIP Judy Lewis

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)

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