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January 6

Saints celebrating feast days today include John of Ribera, Charles Melchior from Sezze, Raphaela Maria Porres of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Wiltrudis, Erminold, Guarinus or Guerin, and Peter Thomas.


Tom Mix (1880-1940), Joan of Arc (1412-1431), Carl Sandburg (1878-1967), and Jedediah Strong Smith (1799-1831) were all born on January 6.


Loretta Young

Loretta Young, who shared her January 6 birthday with Joan of Arc, died a few years ago at the age of 87. She was the winner of an Academy Award for Best Actress plus a handful of Emmys for "The Loretta Young Show," but what I find most intriguing is that she had a child with Clark Gable in the '30's. Raised as the devoutly-Catholic Young's adopted daughter, Judy Lewis was unaware of her parentage before she was about 21. She wrote a biography, Uncommon Knowledge, which is, unfortunately, no longer in print. One on-line article that I read about Lewis noted that she has an "uncanny resemblance to both parents." There ought to be a law against making statements like that without running an accompanying photo.



(Thanks to Valerie Ramos for sending me this.)

"Every time she 'sins,' she builds a church. That's why there are so many Catholic churches in Hollywood."--Marlene Dietrich

"Young was known and derided for her excessive religious devotion in a largely godless town. During a party at Joan Crawford's house, a guest was about to take a seat in a chair Loretta had just vacated. Joan rushed over and said, 'You can't sit there! Loretta Young just got up and it still has the mark of the cross on it.'" --Mr. Showbiz

(2008 Update) Judy Lewis is now a clinical psychologist, specializing in adoption issues. You can write her through her website.


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