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Judy Lewis Dies: Loretta Young/Clark Gable Out-of-Wedlock Daughter

1 December 2011 3:58 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

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

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Clark Gable's Daughter Dies

1 December 2011 11:01 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Judy Lewis, the lovechild of Hollywood greats Clark Gable and Loretta Young, has died at the age of 76.

She was the product of the movie icons' secret affair while they filmed The Call of the Wild in 1935, when Gable was married. Young flew to Europe in a bid to hide her pregnancy.

Lewis was born the following November and eventually dropped off at an orphanage in California, so her mother could return to work.

Two years later, Young picked the child up and announced she had adopted the little girl, prompting Lewis to believe the actress wasn't her biological mum.

Lewis grew up and entered the world of entertainment herself, appearing in popular TV shows General Hospital, The Doctors and The Secret Storm, before signing on as a scriptwriter on longrunning U.S. series Search for Tomorrow.

Curious about the identity of her real parents, Lewis confronted Young upon reaching adulthood and the truth was revealed. The silver screen star agreed to open up about her secret in her authorised biography on the condition it was published after her death, but Lewis went public with the news in her memoir first, causing a rift between her and her mother.

She later reconciled with her mum, who passed away in 2000.

Lewis died of lymphoma (lymph node cancer) at her home in Pennsylvania on 25 November. »

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Langford on Soaps: "Days of Our Lives" Gets a Little Queerer

19 October 2011 6:20 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

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I can’t help but be amused by Vidya’s determination to reunite Gaurav and Karan. After all, who better to play Cupid than the woman you dumped to be with your fella? Only in soaps. But given that Vidya nearly killed herself and then took a bullet for her ex, I guess I can understand why Gaurav would feel so guilty that he'd be willing to reject the man he loves.

I hope though with everybody and their grandmother pushing these boys to get back together that Gaurav gets over himself and works things out with Karan soon. It’s wonderful that this show is telling this groundbreaking story, but I think it would do even more good if Indian viewers could see these two men dealing with the drama of an ongoing relationship.

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- Anthony D. Langford

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Celebrity First Jobs: Jennifer Aniston Jams Plump Body into Yellow Skating Outfit

6 July 2011 6:17 AM, PDT | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Celebrity First Jobs - Jennifer Aniston confesses she was overweight as a child. The Friends actress said she was "kinda large" before she hit puberty. She said: "[My first job] was as an extra on my dad's [John Aniston's] soap opera, Search for Tomorrow. "When I was 12, I asked him if I could get a part on his show. "I wore a yellow skating outfit, and I was kinda large. "It's hard to look good in yellow, and I certainly did not." She told a Us magazine: "I remember I got a check for about $100 Usd, and I was blown away." Jennifer, 42, also told how she used to work as a waitress in New York - and was no good at it, sometimes dropping burgers in customers' laps. But she said her luck improved when she decided to move to La and she was offered work on pilots and other shows. But she adds: "I »

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Jennifer Aniston Goes Pantsless, Braless for Allure!

14 June 2011 10:28 AM, PDT | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

No pants, no problem for Jennifer Aniston ! The sexy, 42-year-old star kept it simple for the July issue of Allure magazine -- posing with " Horrible Bosses " co-star Jason Bateman in nothing more than a blazer and a pair of briefs. Along with the revealing spread, Aniston also tells the mag about her first job as an extra on her father, John Aniston's, soap opera " Search for Tomorrow ." "When I was 12, I asked him if I could get a part on his show. I wore a yellow skating outfit, and I was kinda large. It's hard to look good in yellow, and I certainly did not. I remember I got a check for about $100, and I was blown away." She also talked about her times waiting tables -- and, like her " Friends " alter-ego Rachel Green , she wasn't very good at it. "I dropped more than one Alpine burger in customers' laps, »

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