Sunday, August 13, 2000

Loretta Young 'loved Cincinnati'

By Mara H. Gottfried
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        At least one Cincinnatian has fond memories of actress Loretta Young.

        Joseph Link Jr., professor emeritus at Xavier University, said Ms. Young was “my very best friend.”

        The two met when Ms. Young came to Xavier in the early 1970s to give a speech on Hollywood, said Mr. Link, an economics professor at the time. They struck up a friendship and saw each other three to four times a year.

        Ms. Young often visited Mr. Link in Cincinnati. They ate at the Maisonette and attended Cincinnati Opera and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra performances.

        Ms. Young died Saturday of ovarian cancer. She was 87.

        “She loved Cincinnati and the people here,” said Mr. Link, 86, of Evanston. “She said there were a number of phonies in the film world, but she said the people in Cincinnati were very friendly, generous and kind.”

        The two attended daily Mass at Bellarmine Chapel at Xavier when Ms. Young, a Roman Catholic, was in town.

        Mr. Link said Ms. Young was particularly fond of the Cincinnati Zoo. “We would sometimes stand for 10 or 15 minutes just to look at the apes and monkeys,” he said. “She thought we had an absolutely marvelous zoo.”

        Mr. Link especially recalled Ms. Young's sense of humor.

        “She was a marvelous woman, very down to earth, very kind and extremely generous,” he said.

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