88 (passed away Dec. 14th, 1993)
Aug. 2nd, 1905
Radersburg, Montana, USA
Myrna Loy's Main TV Roles[no roles found]
Main Movie Roles1978 - The End
1974 - Airport 1975
1960 - From the Terrace
1960 - Midnight Lace
1950 - Cheaper by the Dozen
1949 - The Red Pony
1948 - Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
1947 - Song of the Thin Man
1947 - The Bachelor And The Bobby-Soxer
1947 - The Senator Was Indiscreet
1946 - The Best Years of Our Lives
1941 - Love Crazy
1941 - Shadow of the Thin Man
1940 - I Love You Again
1939 - Another Thin Man
1938 - Too Hot to Handle
1938 - Test Pilot
1937 - Double Wedding
1936 - The Great Ziegfeld
1936 - After the Thin Man
1936 - Wife vs. Secretary
1936 - Libeled Lady
1934 - Manhattan Melodrama
1934 - The Thin Man
1933 - Penthouse
1932 - The Mask of Fu Manchu
1932 - Love Me Tonight
1927 - The Jazz Singer
1925 - Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
Guest TV Roles
At the end of the silent era, Myrna Loy started her career as an exotic, Theda Bara-like femme fatale. Fortunately, she was rescued by the advent of the sound picture, where she was recast in the role of the witty, urbane, professional woman. She is best remembered for her role of Nora Charles opposite William Powell (I) in six "Thin Man" movies (The Thin Man (1934)).
- Her _Cheaper by the Dozen (1950)_ (qv) co-star, 'Jeanne Crain' (qv), died exactly ten years to the day after Myrna.
- She made her Broadway debut in the 1973 revival of "The Women".
- A devout Democrat and feminist, she later dismissed her work in the pre-Civil Rights-era movie _Ham and Eggs at the Front (1927)_ (qv) as "shameful".
- Underwent two mastectomies after being diagnosed with breast cancer twice.
- Changing last name from Williams to Loy was suggested by legendary pulp writer Paul Cain (AKA 'Peter Ruric' (qv)).
- Made her stage debut in 1916.
- At Venice High school, in the middle of a small rose garden, is a larger-than-life-size statue of actress Myrna Loy. And it was made years before Myrna appeared in a single movie. Actually, it isn't a particularly good likeness of Miss Loy. Standing atop a stone pedestal, back arched, the short-haired figure is semi-nude (wearing only a thin gown which leaves little to the imagination), with one arm raised in a dramatic pose. All three statues were modeled by Venice High students, and the trio are meant to depict the "Mental," "Physical" and "Spiritual." According to the bronze plaque on the east side of the pedestal, the statues were erected in 1921, which means that Myrna Loy (then named Myrna Williams) was only 16 years old when she posed for the "Spiritual" statue - long before she became a celebrity.
- In 1936 Myrna was named Queen of the Movies and 'Clark Gable' (qv) King in a national poll, winning a crown of tin and purple velvet. in her autobiography, she says that she did not get on with Gable in her earlier films with him. However, in her later films he developed a respect for Loy and they became good friends.
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