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Clark Gable, Loretta Young, The Call of the Wild Judy Lewis, out-of-wedlock daughter of Loretta Young and Clark Gable, died of cancer on Friday, Nov. 25, at a retirement home in the Philadelphia suburb of Gladwyne. She was 76. Young, who was an ardent Catholic, and Gable, then married to Maria Franklin Langham (17 years his senior) had an affair while starring in William A. Wellman's 1935 adventure drama The Call of the Wild. Young had just turned 22, Gable was 34. In a manner similar to the absurd stories of so many Hollywood melodramas of the period, after learning of her pregnancy Young took off for Europe. Upon her return months later, she was reported ill and convalescing at a hospital in the Los Angeles suburb of Venice, where Judy was born Nov. 6, 1935. When the girl was almost two, Young officially adopted her (and a boy, later returned) from an orphanage in San Francisco. »
- Andre Soares
Lewis's mother, Loretta Young, was a budding actress when she had an affair with Gable, and she went to extreme lengths to keep Lewis's true parentage a secret. For the first 19 months of her life, Lewis lived in orphanages so that Young could protect her career.
A few months before her second birthday, she returned to live with Young, who told her for years that she had been adopted. Young always had her daughter wear hats when they were in public, as she had inherited Gable's famously large ears -- Young feared that the distinctive characteristic would give away the secret.
When she was seven years old, Lewis underwent surgery to pin back her Gable ears, at her mother's insistence.
She so resembled the actor, though, that »
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