Judy Lewis

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Judy Lewis
Judith Young

(1935-11-06)November 6, 1935
DiedNovember 25, 2011(2011-11-25) (aged 76)
OccupationActress, producer, author, psychotherapist
Years active1958–1977
Spouse(s)Joe Tinney (divorced)
Parent(s)Clark Gable (father)
Loretta Young (mother)
Tom Lewis (stepfather)

Judy Lewis (born Judith Young; November 6, 1935 – November 25, 2011) was an American actress, writer, producer, and therapist. She was the secret biological daughter of actor Clark Gable and actress Loretta Young.

Early life[edit]

Lewis was born on November 6, 1935 in Venice, California.[1] She was conceived while her birth parents, Loretta Young and Clark Gable,[1][2] were working on the film The Call of the Wild. Gable was married at the time of Lewis's conception, and Young concealed her pregnancy to avoid scandal.[3] Weeks after her birth, Lewis was placed in an orphanage.[3] Lewis would spend the next 19 months in various "hideaways and orphanages" before being reunited with her mother.[3] Young then claimed that she had adopted Lewis.[4] When Lewis was four years old, Young married radio producer Tom Lewis, and Judy took his last name. Young and Lewis went on to have two sons, Christopher Lewis and Peter Lewis.[3]

Lewis bore a striking resemblance to Gable, including having ears that stuck out.[3] When Lewis was seven years old, Young had her undergo a painful operation to pin her ears back in another attempt to hide her real parentage.[3] When Lewis was fifteen, Gable came to her mother's house to visit her briefly. Gable asked Lewis about her life and then, upon leaving, kissed her on her forehead. It was the only time that Lewis ever spoke to Gable, and at the time, she had no idea that he was her father.[5] As an adult, Lewis spoke of the confusion, isolation and alienation she felt within her own family while growing up.[3]


Lewis' acting credits include appearances on TV serials such as General Hospital, Kitty Foyle, The Brighter Day and The Doctors. Ms. Lewis had her longest running serial role on The Secret Storm as Susan Ames from 1964–1971. She also produced the short-lived Another World spin-off, Texas and was a script writer for NBC Daytime's Search for Tomorrow.

In 1958, Lewis guest-starred in an episode of the syndicated western series Mackenzie's Raiders entitled "Attack" , starring Richard Carlson. She guest-starred with Grant Sullivan in his syndicated western series, Pony Express. In 1960, Lewis portrayed a girlfriend of a United States Navy officer in the episode "Tiger Blood" of the syndicated series The Blue Angels. In the 1961–1962 television season, she appeared as Connie Masters, an employee of the Wells Fargo office in Stillwater, Oklahoma, in the NBC western series, The Outlaws. In 1975, she guest-starred in the short-lived CBS family drama Three for the Road.

In 1985, Lewis shared a Writers Guild of America award for several episodes of CBS's Search For Tomorrow.[6]

Lewis obtained bachelor's and master's degrees in clinical psychology from Antioch University in Los Angeles, became a licensed family and child counselor in 1992, and was a practicing psychotherapist in Los Angeles, with specialty in foster care and marriage therapy.[7][8]

Personal life and death[edit]

Lewis was the niece of actresses Polly Ann Young, Sally Blane, and Georgiana Young. Her aunt, Georgiana (Loretta Young's half-sister), was married to actor Ricardo Montalbán for sixty-three years until her death in 2007. She was also the half-sister of John Clark Gable (Clark Gable's son with his fifth wife, Kay Williams), Christopher Lewis and Peter Lewis (Loretta's biological sons). Musician David Lindley is her cousin.[9]

Lewis was married for several years to Joseph Tinney. They had one daughter, Maria, and two grandsons. They divorced in the late 1960s.[7][8]

After Lewis became engaged to Tinney at age twenty-three, he told her it was common knowledge that Gable was her biological father; Lewis was stunned.[3] After Gable's death, Lewis, at age 31, finally confronted her mother about the mystery behind her parentage.[3] Young became nauseated, but acknowledged that she and Gable were Lewis's biological parents.[3] In 1994, Lewis published a book about her life entitled Uncommon Knowledge in which she stated that Gable was her father; Young refused to speak with her for three years after the book was published. Loretta Young died on August 12, 2000, at age 87; her autobiography, published posthumously, confirmed that Gable was indeed Lewis's father.[3]

Lewis died of cancer at age 76 on November 25, 2011, in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania.[1]

In 2015, Linda Lewis, Loretta Young's daughter-in-law and the wife of Christopher Lewis, stated publicly that Young told her in 1998 that Lewis had been conceived in an act of acquaintance rape committed by Gable. According to Lewis, Young told her that though the two had flirted on set, no affair and no intimate contact had occurred save for that one incident.[10] Young had not revealed this information before to anyone. Lewis added that Young did not want to damage her career or Gable's, and she knew that if Twentieth Century Pictures found out about the pregnancy, they would try to pressure her to have an abortion; Young, a devout Catholic, considered abortion to be a mortal sin.[10] The family remained silent about the claim until Young and Lewis were both deceased.[11]


  1. ^ a b c Downey, Sally A. (2011-11-30). "Judy Lewis, daughter of Loretta Young and Clark Gable, dies". Philly.com. Retrieved 2011-11-30.
  2. ^ Walters, Patrick (1 Dec 2011), Associated Press (ed.), "Secret daughter of Clark Gable, Loretta Young dies", The News Journal, retrieved 1 Dec 2011, Lewis died Friday at age 76 in the Philadelphia suburb of Gladwyne...
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Vitello, Paul. "Judy Lewis, Secret Daughter of Hollywood, Dies at 76", Nov 30, 2011. New York Times [1]
  4. ^ "Clark Gable's 'Secret' Daughter Judy Dies". News.sky.com. 2011-12-02. Retrieved 2012-08-17.
  5. ^ https://people.com/archive/daughter-of-deception-vol-41-no-14/
  6. ^ "Judy Lewis". IMDb.
  7. ^ a b "Secretdir.com". Judy--lewis.com. Retrieved 2011-11-30.
  8. ^ a b Paul Vitello (November 30, 2011). "Judy Lewis, Secret Daughter of Hollywood, Dies at 76". The New York Times.
  9. ^ David Lindley's father, Jack Lindley, was Loretta Young's brother. See Interview with Peter Lewis Archived 2008-09-06 at the Wayback Machine by Jud Cost, 1995; www.sundazed.com.
  10. ^ a b Petersen, Anne Helen. "Clark Gable Accused of Raping Co-Star". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 2015-09-30.
  11. ^ "Clark Gable Accused Of Raping Co-Star". BuzzFeed News.

Further reading[edit]

  • Uncommon Knowledge by Judy Lewis (Pocket Books/Simon & Schuster, 1994), ISBN 0-671-70019-7
  • "All The Stars in the Heavens" by Adriana Trigiani (The Golory of Everything Company, an imprint of Harper/Collins, 2015), ISBN 978-0-06-231919-7

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