Moved to Hollywood at age three; began to appear in films as an extra and in bit roles
Between ages three and eight, made uncredited appearances in several silent films
While attending convent school, was not allowed to appear in films
Film acting debut at age 14, in "Naughty But Nice"; director Mervyn LeRoy originally wanted sister Polly Ann but she was unavailable; Gretchen (later dubbed Loretta), asked for, and got, the job
"Naughty But Nice" led to contract with First National; changed name to Loretta Young
Made singing debut in "The Show of Shows"
Was featured in "Platinum Blonde", directed by Frank Capra
Signed with Fox when Daryl F Zanuck moved from Warner Bros.
Had dispute with Zanuck and was briefly blacklisted until Harry Cohn signed her with Columbia Pictures; eventually made peace with Zanuck
Starred opposite Clark Gable in "The Call of the Wild"; the stars engaged in a love affair that resulted in Young's pregnancy and the birth of daughter Judy
Appeared in "Kentucky"
Acted alongside her three sisters in the biopic "The Story of Alexander Graham Bell"
When contract with Fox expired, worked freelance
Played an actress who wants to retire but whose playwright husband doesn't want her to in "Bedtime Story"
Cast as the unsuspecting newlywed wife of a refugee Nazi war criminal in "The Stranger", directed by and starring Orson Welles
Starred in the title role of the fantasy "The Bishop's Wife"
Had perhaps best-known screen role as a Swedish woman who runs for Congress in "The Farmer's Daughter"; won Best Actress Academy Award
Offered fine turn as the indentured servant wife of a farmer in "Rachel and the Stranger", co-starring Robert Mitchum and William Holden
Earned second Oscar nomination for "Come to the Stable", playing a nun out to establish a children's hospital
Last feature film, "It Happens Every Thursday"
Began starring in own TV show; "The Loretta Young Show" ended its run on NBC in 1961, and for its last season (1962-1963) aired on CBS; awarded three Emmy Awards
"Retired" from acting; devoted time and energies to Catholic charities
Won suit against NBC for unlawful syndication of her TV shows; award $600,000
Returned to acting after a 23-year retirement to perform the leading role in the TV-movie, "Christmas Eve" (NBC)
Final acting role, the NBC TV-movie "Lady in a Corner"