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January 6, 1913
Young (Gretchen Young) was an actress. She was born in Salt Lake City, and moved
with her family to Hollywood when she was three years old. Loretta and
her sisters Polly Ann Young and Elizabeth Jane Young (screen name Sally
Blane) worked as child actresses, of whom Loretta was the most
Young's first role was at age 3 in the silent film The Primrose
Ring. The movie's star Mae Murray so fell in love with little
Gretchen that she wanted to adopt her. Although her mother declined,
Gretchen was allowed to live with Murray for two years. Her half-sister
Georgiana (daughter of her mother and stepfather George Belzer)
eventually married actor Ricardo Montalban.
Died: August 12, 2000 (age 87)
She died from ovarian cancer at the Santa Monica,
California home of her half-sister, Georgiana Montalban.
Where is she buried?
- Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, CA
- Heavens Gate Gardens Cemetery, San Diego, CA
- The Memorial Gardens of Santa Monica, CA