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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.

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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.

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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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