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Did Clark Gable Date Rape Loretta Young?

Did Clark Gable Date Rape Loretta Young?
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Did Clark Gable Date Rape Loretta Young?

One of the biggest mysteries of old Hollywood has been finally revealed. Loretta Young, the most beautiful and highly celebrated actress ever to step in Hollywood has revealed at 85 that she was “Date Raped” by Clark Gable, one of the most notable stars of his time. News that Clark Gable Raped co-star Loretta Young came as a shock to Hollywood, and it once again pointed to the patriarchal structure of society.

In 1935, at age 23, Young secretly gave birth to Gable’s daughter, Judy, in an apartment located at Venice Beach of L.A. She went applied extraordinary efforts to keep the whole thing a secret for more than a year. Then she initiated the process of adopting her own child to keep the matter under cloaks.

The story was successfully fed to the people, but there were rumors within Hollywood. The truth about the paternity of Judy was revealed before Young died in 2000, but conditions under which it happened emerged recently only after Lewis, daughter-in-law of Young, told her story to Anne Helen Petersen, Buzzfeed journalist.

Chris, Young’s son by her second husband, and his wife Lewis kept the whole thing a secret even after Young revealed that she was “date raped” by Gable. The purpose of the secrecy was to cover Judy from any effect of the scandal. They revealed the fact only after Judy died in 2011 at the age of 78.

As reported, the incident happened during the shoot of “Call of the Wild.” A major part of the shooting took place at a countryside near Seattle. According to Lewis, Young was flirtatious with her co-stars but being a true Catholic she never crossed the line. On the train back to L.A. from Seattle every cast of the team were given separate compartments, and the incident took place when Gable came to her compartment.

After the incident when Young found that she was pregnant, she tried to inform Gable but ended up with no heed. She also informed Gable about the birth of his daughter but received no response; it was then when she went to great lengths to hide the scandal in order to give a normal life to Judy.

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