Clark Gable’s Children

December 2, 2011 by staff 

Clark Gable’s Children, Judy Lewis died today at the age of 76. Her story is fascinating and more than a little sad, but her life is one of resilience that is a testament to her strength. She is the secret daughter of Clark Gable and Loretta Young, conceived when Young and Gable were filming Call of the Wild in the 1930s. Young was unmarried, and Gable was married to his second wife Maria Langham. The affair, the pregnancy and the birth were all kept super secret.

Young even left the child at an orphanage for 19 months, and then returned to adopt her when Judy was two years old and raised her as her adopted daughter. Lewis was kept in the dark about her paternal heritage and was raised by Young and her husband Tom Lewis. She took her stepfather’s name. There was never a relationship between Lewis and Gable, and she didn’t learn of who her biological father was for 31 years. Her mother finally told her, but would never admit the truth in public. Gable came to see Lewis once when she was 15, but she had no idea why, as she was never told of his reason for wanting to see her.

In 1994, she wrote a memoir of her parents’ romance and the cover up of her existence and stated that it was very hard as a child to never be accepted. Her mother never publicly admitted to Judy being her daughter until after her death in 2000 with the release of her authorized biography.

Lewis resembled her famous father, so much so that Young had her undergo plastic surgery to alter Lewis’ ears that “stuck out like Clark Gable’s” as Hollywood Rumors stated. She was often made fun of in school for how they stuck out.

Only when Lewis’ autobiography came out in 1994, did the public learn of her parentage. In 1935, the time of the affair and birth, it just wasn’t like the Hollywood of today and the news would have created a scandal that would have likely ruined Young’s career and reputation as a wholesome young woman. As a result of this, Lewis was raised as the adopted daughter of Young to cover the affair.

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