I recently happened upon a movie which stared this beauty. Loretta Young (1913-2000) was an actress from the Hollywood’s golden age, the age of the silver screen.  This was a time when films were not beholden to massive special effects and computer graphics, but rather to the qualities that make for the best drama: good writing and good acting. There is a naturalism to these older movies which is often lacking in many of today’s film.

Loretta Young was also an example of this naturalism. She was a natural beauty, and her career spanned for many decades, including winning an Academy Award for Best Actress in 1948. She could play a range of roles, from a vampish crimes girl in Midnight Mary to a chaste wife of a bishop in The Bishop’s Wife.

She was also something that is exceedingly rare today in Hollywood: a conservative Catholic, and registered Republican. I doubt in today’s PC Hollywood culture anyone with that background would get far in the film industry.

An older, but still beautiful Young.

It is always good to be reminded of how beauty in the past, with its natural class and restraint, is often superior to the trashiness that passes for beauty today. I doubt you would ever have seen someone like Loretta Young talking about her menstrual cycles on the Washington Mall.

So whom would a man prefer, Loretta Young, or Ashley Judd. The choice is obvious.