Myrna Loy
actress
Myrna Loy
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).
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Morning Call Sheet: 'Blues Brothers' Go 'Glee,' Another 'Another Thin Man ... - Big Hollywood
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Watching William Powell and Myrna Loy continuously throw 'em back today (though they slowed as the series progressed), is disconcerting, to say the least. Like the doomed “Arthur” reboot, I suspect this will require some adjustments
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Braun: Great expectations aside, McGovern's pub in Newark still a hub - The Star-Ledger - NJ.com (blog)
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McGovern also was an owner of 60 Park Place — a restaurant with cushy banquettes and a lush upstairs lounge that seemed poised at any moment to erupt into a scene from a 1930s movie starring William Powell in a tux and Myrna Loy in a slinky lamé gown
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Montgomery Clift Movie Schedule: I CONFESS, FROM HERE TO ETERNITY - Alt Film Guide (blog)
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Cast: Montgomery Clift, Robert Ryan, Myrna Loy. BW-103 mins. 11:00 AM THE BIG LIFT (1950) Two Air Force sergeants find love while flying the Berlin Airlift. Dir: George Seaton. Cast: Montgomery Clift, Paul Douglas, Cornell Borchers. BW-118 mins
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'The Hour': Evocative new series draws 'Mad Men' comparisons - MiamiHerald.com
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Garai's Bel wears figure-hugging dresses, bright-red lipstick and smokes cigarettes as elegantly as Myrna Loy in a Thin Man movie. She falls for her lead anchor, a smooth-voiced beefcake named Hector Madden who is played by Dominic West, best known to
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TELEVISION; British Reporters, Not Ad Men, In '50s, Not '60s
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London -- ONE surprising notion that might strike you while watching ''The Hour'' -- BBC America's six-part series about a hard-hitting television news program in 1956 Britain and the men and women who work for it -- is that Peggy Olson didn't have it so bad. At least on ''Mad Men,'' the midcentury-period AMC drama, one gets the impression that
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Claudette Colbert Q&A Pt.1: 'The Claudette Colbert Business' - Alt Film Guide (blog)
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Would you say there's something that distinguishes Claudette Colbert from the other screwball comediennes of the 1930s — Jean Arthur, Irene Dunne, Myrna Loy, Carole Lombard? And if so, how would you define that special "it" that Colbert possessed?
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RuPaul: Still strutting, on stage and off - Bend Bulletin
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I'll say to one of them, 'Oh, you look like Myrna Loy'” — he let out a long laugh — “or the Pointer Sisters. And they don't even know who the Pointer Sisters are. They think that Lady Gaga originated a style. Oh, look how beautiful that toast is!
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MAIN COURSE | RUPAUL CHARLES; Still Strutting, On Stage and Off
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ON more than one occasion this spring someone asked me what I thought of Raja. The first time I heard the name, in a blazer-and-tie restaurant on the Upper East Side, I furiously dug through my mental file box of designer and model names. Raja, Raja, Raja -- nope, no Raja. I soon learned that Raja was to be found on ''RuPaul's Drag Race,'' the
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Guy Clark among star-studded lineup for music fest - Helena Independent Record
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His 2006 album “Workbench Songs” received critical acclaim and was nominated for the 2007 Grammy award as Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album. Clark will also perform a concert, of a much more intimate style, at the Myrna Loy Center 8 pm Monday,
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FirstWorks chosen for Islamic arts program - Providence Business News
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Four other organizations will participate in the program, including: The Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire, Littleton, NH; Artswego, SUNY Oswego, Oswego, NY; Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ; and the Myrna Loy Center, Helena, Mont
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'Caravanserai' to promote understanding of Pakistani cultures - SUNY Oswego
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... on July 26 formally launched Caravanserai projects at Artswego of SUNY Oswego; the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire in Littleton; FirstWorks in Providence, RI; Monmouth University in West Branch, NJ; and the Myrna Loy Center in Helena, Mont
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Star maker: the photographer Ruth Harriet Louise - Telegraph.co.uk
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During the 1930s she worked intermittently as a freelancer, photographing stars from the popular Myrna Loy to 'the new Garbo', Anna Sten. But her priority became her family. She gave birth to a son in 1932 and a daughter a few years later
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Communist Dupes in Hollywood - Big Hollywood
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Kengor: The liberal stars enlisted in the cause ran into the hundreds, including Katherine Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Gregory Peck, Myrna Loy. From the committee, a group of roughly two dozen lent more than their signatures; they actually set sail for
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Star Market: Is Mila Kunis Leading-Lady Material? - New York Magazine
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"She actually reminds me of a young Myrna Loy." Continues the agent: "Obviously Black Swan gave her the indie street cred, never mind laser-ing into the minds of every young male alive their favorite lesbian sex scene. But while she's sexy,
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Screwball comedies were smart, witty and entertaining - Omaha World-Herald
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And some of the best leading ladies from Hollywood's Golden Age were its stars: Katharine Hepburn, Claudette Colbert, Irene Dunne, Carole Lombard, Myrna Loy, Barbara Stanwyck. And one great, great leading man: Cary Grant
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1993
    Age 87
    Loy died on December 14, 1993, in a Manhattan hospital during unspecified surgery.
    More Details Hide Details She was 88 years old. She had been frail and in failing health. She was cremated in New York and her ashes interred at Forestvale Cemetery in her native Helena, Montana. For her contribution to the film industry, Myrna Loy has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6685 Hollywood Boulevard. A building at Sony Pictures Studios, formerly MGM Studios, in Culver City is named in her honor. A cast of her handprint and her signature are in the sidewalk in front of Theater 80, on St. Mark's Place in New York City.
  • 1991
    Age 85
    In 1991, the Myrna Loy Center for the Performing and Media Arts opened in downtown Helena, not far from Loy's hometown.
    More Details Hide Details Located in the historic Lewis and Clark County Jail, it sponsors live performances and alternative films for underserved audiences. Loy was married and divorced four times: Loy had no children of her own, but was close to her stepchildren by first husband Arthur Hornblow. After her last marriage ended, she moved to 23 East 74th Street in Manhattan's Upper East Side. She later lived at 425 East 63rd Street There were rumors that Myrna Loy had affairs with: Even before Loy became a staunch Democrat, one of her biggest fans was Franklin D. Roosevelt, who invited her to the White House early in his administration, and she soon became a personal friend of Eleanor Roosevelt. Regarding her faith, Loy stated in a 1970 interview that she was a Methodist.
    Although Loy was never nominated for an Academy Award for any single performance, after an extensive letter-writing campaign and years of lobbying by screenwriter and then-Writers Guild of America, West board member Michael Russnow, who enlisted the support of Loy's former screen colleagues and friends such as Roddy McDowall, Sidney Sheldon, Harold Russell, and many others, she received a 1991 Academy Honorary Award "for her career achievement".
    More Details Hide Details She accepted via camera from her New York City home, simply stating, "You've made me very happy. Thank you very much." It was her last public appearance in any medium.
    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."
    More Details Hide Details During World War II, Loy served as assistant to the director of military and naval welfare for the Red Cross. She was later appointed a member-at-large of the U.S. Commission to UNESCO. Her acting career by no means ended in the 1940s. She continued to actively pursue stage and television appearances in addition to films in subsequent decades. Loy was born Myrna Adele Williams in Helena, Montana, to Adelle Mae (née Johnson) and rancher David Franklin Williams, and raised in nearby Radersburg. She had a younger brother, David Williams (d. 1982). Loy's paternal grandparents were natives of Wales, and her maternal grandparents were Swedish and Scottish. Her first name was derived from a whistle stop near Broken Bow, Nebraska, whose name her father liked. Her father was also a banker and real estate developer and the youngest man ever elected to the Montana state legislature. Her mother studied music at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago.
  • 1987
    Age 81
    Her autobiography, Myrna Loy: Being and Becoming, was published in 1987.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kennedy Center.
  • 1982
    Age 76
    Her last acting role was a guest spot on the sitcom Love, Sidney, in 1982.
    More Details Hide Details In later life, she assumed an influential role as co-chairman of the Advisory Council of the National Committee Against Discrimination in Housing. In 1948, she became a member of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, the first Hollywood celebrity to do so. Loy had two mastectomies, in 1975 and 1979, for breast cancer.
  • 1981
    Age 75
    In 1981, she appeared in the television drama Summer Solstice which was Henry Fonda's last performance.
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  • 1978
    Age 72
    She toured in a 1978 production of Alan Aykbourn's Relatively Speaking, directed by David Clayton.
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    In 1978, she appeared in the film The End as the mother of the main character played by Burt Reynolds.
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  • 1974
    Age 68
    In 1974, she was a supporting actress in Airport 1975.
    More Details Hide Details Loy played Mrs. Devane, a heavy-drinking woman, imbibing Jim Beam and Olympia Beer mixed together. She played a foil to Sid Caesar. The film also starred Gloria Swanson.
  • 1973
    Age 67
    She also returned to the stage, making her Broadway debut in a short-lived 1973 revival of Clare Boothe Luce's The Women.
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  • 1967
    Age 61
    In 1967, she appeared in the television series The Virginian in an episode titled "Lady of the House."
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1965
    Age 59
    In 1965, Loy won the Sarah Siddons Award for her work in Chicago theatre.
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  • 1960
    Age 54
    In 1960, she appeared in Midnight Lace and From the Terrace, but was not in another film until 1969 in The April Fools.
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  • 1956
    Age 50
    In 1956, she appeared in The Ambassador's Daughter along with John Forsythe and Olivia de Haviland.
    More Details Hide Details She played opposite Montgomery Clift and Robert Ryan in Lonelyhearts (1958), Dore Schary's adaptation of Nathanael West's classic 1933 novel Miss Lonelyhearts.
  • FORTIES
  • 1952
    Age 46
    In 1952, she starred in the Cheaper by the Dozen sequel, Belles on Their Toes.
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  • 1950
    Age 44
    After 1950, Loy's film career continued sporadically.
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  • 1946
    Age 40
    In 1946, she played the wife of returning serviceman Fredric March in The Best Years of Our Lives (1946).
    More Details Hide Details Throughout her career, she championed the rights of black actors and characters to be depicted with dignity on film. Loy was paired with Cary Grant in David O. Selznick's The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947). The film co-starred a teenaged Shirley Temple. Following its success, she appeared again with Grant in Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948), and with Clifton Webb in Cheaper by the Dozen (1950).
  • THIRTIES
  • 1937
    Age 31
    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.
    More Details Hide Details By this time, Loy was highly regarded for her performances in romantic comedies and she was anxious to demonstrate her dramatic ability, and was cast in the lead female role in The Rains Came (1939) opposite Tyrone Power. She filmed Third Finger, Left Hand (1940) with Melvyn Douglas and appeared in I Love You Again (1940), Love Crazy (1941), and Shadow of the Thin Man (1941), all with William Powell. With the outbreak of World War II, Loy all but abandoned her acting career to focus on the war effort and work closely with the Red Cross. She was so fiercely outspoken against Adolf Hitler that her name appeared on his blacklist. She helped run a Naval Auxiliary canteen and toured frequently to raise funds. She returned to films with The Thin Man Goes Home (1945).
  • TWENTIES
  • 1934
    Age 28
    After appearing with Ramón Novarro in The Barbarian (1933), Loy was cast as Nora Charles in the 1934 film The Thin Man.
    More Details Hide Details Director W. S. Van Dyke chose Loy after he detected a wit and sense of humor that her previous films had not revealed. At a Hollywood party, he pushed her into a swimming pool to test her reaction, and felt that her aplomb in handling the situation was exactly what he envisioned for Nora. Louis B. Mayer at first refused to allow Loy to play the part because he felt she was a dramatic actress, but Van Dyke insisted. Mayer finally relented on the condition that filming be completed within three weeks, as Loy was committed to start filming Stamboul Quest. The Thin Man became one of the year's biggest hits, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Film. Loy received excellent reviews and was acclaimed for her comedic skills. Her costar William Powell and she proved to be a popular screen couple and appeared in 14 films together, one of the most prolific pairings in Hollywood history. Loy later referred to The Thin Man as the film "that finally made me... after more than 80 films".
    In 1934, Loy appeared in Manhattan Melodrama with Clark Gable and William Powell.
    More Details Hide Details When gangster John Dillinger was shot to death after leaving a screening of the film at the Biograph Theater in Chicago, the film received widespread publicity, with some newspapers reporting that Loy had been Dillinger's favorite actress.
  • 1932
    Age 26
    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).
    More Details Hide Details She also played, opposite Boris Karloff, the depraved sadistic daughter of the title character in The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932). Prior to that, Loy appeared in small roles in The Jazz Singer and a number of early lavish Technicolor musicals, including The Show of Shows, The Bride of the Regiment, and Under a Texas Moon. As a result, she became associated with musical roles, and when they began to lose favor with the public, her career went into a slump.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1921
    Age 15
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Completed in 1922, the sculpture group was erected in front of the campus outdoor pool in May 1923 where it stood for decades. Loy's slender figure with her uplifted face and one arm extending skyward presented a "vision of purity, grace, youthful vigor, and aspiration" that was singled out in a Los Angeles Times story that included a photo of the "Inspiration" figure along with the model's name—the first time her name appeared in a newspaper. A few months later, Loy's "Inspiration" figure was temporarily removed from the sculpture group and transported aboard the battleship Nevada for a Memorial Day pageant in which "Miss Myrna Williams" participated. Fountain of Education can be seen in the opening scenes of the 1978 film Grease. After decades of exposure to the elements and vandalism, the original concrete statue was removed from display in 2002, and replaced in 2010 by a bronze duplicate paid for through an alumni-led fundraising campaign.
  • 1918
    Age 12
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Loy attended the exclusive Westlake School for Girls in Holmby Hills and continued to study dance in Downtown Los Angeles. When her teachers objected to her participating in theatrical arts, her mother enrolled her in Venice High School, and at 15, she began appearing in local stage productions.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1912
    Age 6
    During the winter of 1912, Loy's mother nearly died from pneumonia, and her father sent his wife and daughter to La Jolla, California.
    More Details Hide Details Loy's mother saw great potential in Southern California, and during one of her husband's visits, she encouraged him to purchase real estate there. Among the properties he bought was land he later sold at a considerable profit to Charlie Chaplin so the filmmaker could construct his studio there. Although her mother tried to persuade her husband to move to California permanently, he preferred ranch life and the three eventually returned to Montana. Soon afterward, Loy's mother needed a hysterectomy and insisted Los Angeles was a safer place to have it done, so she, Loy, and Loy's brother David moved to Ocean Park, where Loy began to take dancing lessons. After the family returned to Montana, Loy continued her dancing lessons, and at the age of 12, Myrna Williams made her stage debut performing a dance she had choreographed based on "The Blue Bird" from the Rose Dream operetta at Helena's Marlow Theater.
  • 1905
    Born
    Born on August 2, 1905.
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