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The Loretta Young Show - Press Release for 'The Best of the Complete Series: 100th Birthday Edition'

17-DVD collection is coming from Timeless/Shout! in February

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The Loretta Young Show - The Best of the Complete Series: 100th Birthday Edition

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For Immediate Release

Celebrating the remarkable career of a Hollywood Legend

The Loretta Young Show:
Best of The Complete Series -
100th Birthday Edition

Available on DVD February 12, 2012 from Timeless Media Group

Few celebrities have enjoyed the professional longevity of Hollywood actress Loretta Young, whose remarkable career stretched over seven decades. On February 12, 2013, Timeless Media Group, a division of Shout! Factory, will release the The Loretta Young Show: Best of The Complete Series - 100th Birthday Edition on DVD. Featuring a number of episodes never before on DVD and loaded with bonus features including an interview with Young's children, rare family home movies and an featurette of Young discussing her storied career, this 17-DVD box set is a must have for fans of Golden Age Television and classic Hollywood aficionados alike. Starting with the first episode of the original show, Letter from Loretta, this collection includes the very best of The Loretta Young Show, highlighting Young's career as actress, mother and role model to millions of American women.

Beginning as a child actor during the silent era of motion pictures and attaining star status as a romantic leading lady during Hollywood's Golden Age, Miss Young appeared in over 100 films during her movie career and won an Academy Award for Best Actress for The Farmer's Daughter. In 1953, she announced her retirement from film and signed a contract with Proctor & Gamble and the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) to produce and star in her own dramatic anthology television series, The Loretta Young Show.

Premiering in September 1953, The Loretta Young Show was an immediate hit, and Young became one of the best-known and beloved personalities on television. Running for eight seasons from 1953 to 1961, the weekly anthology series was the first to feature a female star as host and actress. One of the first major Hollywood stars to build a successful career in the fledgling medium of television, Young won the first of her three Primetime Emmy Awards in 1953, becoming the first actress to win both an Oscar and an Emmy. Young also won her first Golden Globe for The Loretta Young Show in 1959.

With a mix of both melodramas and light romantic comedies, The Loretta Young Show was designed for a female audience. Young chose stories for their messages, and while many segments emphasized postwar middle-class ideals about the home, families, and gender roles, the show also explicitly addressed social issues of the day. It stands out as a rare, primetime network drama series where a woman tells her stories.

Bonus Features:
  • "In Her Own Words" featurette of Loretta Young discussing her storied career
  • Home Movies from the Loretta Young estate
  • Interview with Loretta Young's children
  • Interview with The Loretta Young Show veteran Beverly Washburn
  • Original theatrical trailers from Young's filmography

About Timeless Media Group
Timeless Media Group, a division of Shout! Factory, LLC, produces and distributes a variety of home entertainment products, including classic television programming, first run movies and its own award-winning military history documentaries, along with an extensive offering of special interest DVD and Blu-ray collections.

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