Young family’s grave oversight

Star's burial site unmarked a decade after her death

While institutional Hollywood often forgets its past, fans are often there to keep its former glories alive.

But apparently not for star Loretta Young.

She died Aug. 12, 2000, but still doesn’t have a headstone on her grave.

Fans who wander around Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, Calif., searching for the actress’ burial plot are directed to section F, tier 65 grave No. 49, where they find a plot and plaque for Gladys Belzer, Young’s mother.

It is with her that Young’s ashes are buried.

A source at the cemetery says a revised headstone was paid for by the family, but that no family representative ever came in to make decisions about the plaque, and thus it was never installed.

Young became a big star in the ’30s (with the studio keeping her image wholesome, silencing talk about her “love child” with Clark Gable by saying the baby was adopted), won an Oscar for 1947’s “The Farmer’s Daughter” and Emmys for “The Loretta Young Show,” which ran on NBC from 1953-61.

Young’s family could not be reached, and sources at the cemetery suspect the family just forgot, as is often the case with these situations. Holy Cross has sent a letter to the family to notify them.

In the meantime, the thesp’s ashes remain in the unmarked grave for the unsuspecting folk who happen by.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety

Loading