Myrna Loy

Born Aug 2, 1905

Myrna Loy was an American actress. Trained as a dancer, she devoted herself fully to an acting career following a few minor roles in silent films. She was originally typecast in exotic roles, often as a vamp or a woman of Asian descent, but her career prospects improved greatly following her portrayal of Nora Charles in The Thin Man (1934).… Read More

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1905 Birth Born on August 2, 1905.
1912 6 Years Old During the winter of 1912, Loy's mother nearly died from pneumonia, and her father sent his wife and daughter to La Jolla, California. … Read More


1918 12 Years Old Loy's father died on November 7, 1918, of Spanish influenza, and Loy's mother was finally able to realize her dream to permanently relocate her family to California, where they settled in Culver City. … Read More
1921 15 Years Old In 1921, Loy posed for Venice High School sculpture teacher Harry Fielding Winebrenner for the central figure "Inspiration" in his allegorical sculpture group Fountain of Education. … Read More


1932 26 Years Old …  It took years for her to overcome this stereotype, and as late as 1932, she was cast as a villainous Eurasian in Thirteen Women (1932). … Read More
1934 28 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1934, Loy appeared in Manhattan Melodrama with Clark Gable and William Powell. … Read More


1937 31 Years Old …  During this period, Loy was one of Hollywood's busiest and highest-paid actresses, and in 1937 and 1938, she was listed in the annual "Quigley Poll of the Top Ten Money Making Stars", which was compiled from the votes of movie exhibitors throughout the United States for the stars who had generated the most revenue in their theaters over the previous year. … Read More


1946 40 Years Old In 1946, she played the wife of returning serviceman Fredric March in The Best Years of Our Lives (1946). … Read More
1950 44 Years Old After 1950, Loy's film career continued sporadically.
1952 46 Years Old In 1952, she starred in the Cheaper by the Dozen sequel, Belles on Their Toes.


1956 50 Years Old In 1956, she appeared in The Ambassador's Daughter along with John Forsythe and Olivia de Haviland. … Read More
1960 54 Years Old In 1960, she appeared in Midnight Lace and From the Terrace, but was not in another film until 1969 in The April Fools.
1965 59 Years Old In 1965, Loy won the Sarah Siddons Award for her work in Chicago theatre.


1967 - 1974 3 More Events
1978 72 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1978, she appeared in the film The End as the mother of the main character played by Burt Reynolds.
1981 75 Years Old In 1981, she appeared in the television drama Summer Solstice which was Henry Fonda's last performance.
1982 76 Years Old Her last acting role was a guest spot on the sitcom Love, Sidney, in 1982. … Read More
1987 81 Years Old Her autobiography, Myrna Loy: Being and Becoming, was published in 1987. … Read More
Although Loy was never nominated for a competitive Academy Award, in March 1991 she was presented with an Honorary Academy Award with the inscription "In recognition of her extraordinary qualities both on screen and off, with appreciation for a lifetime's worth of indelible performances." … Read More
1993 88 Years Old Loy died on December 14, 1993, in a Manhattan hospital during unspecified surgery. … Read More
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