Myrna Loy

Actor, Dancer, Dance instructor
With her almond-shaped eyes, tilted-up nose, and ladylike but wry and relaxed manner, Myrna Loy was one of Hollywood's most popular actresses of the 1930s and maintained that stardom for decades. She came to embody the ... Read more »
Born: 08/01/1905 in Raidersburg, Montana, USA

Filmography

Actor (84)

The 63rd Annual Academy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Just Tell Me What You Want 1980 (Movie)

Stella Liberti (Actor)

It Happened at Lake Wood Manor 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The End 1978 (Movie)

Maureen Lawson (Actor)

It's Showtime 1975 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Airport 1975 1974 (Movie)

Tipsy Mrs Devaney (Actor)

The Elevator 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Death Takes a Holiday 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The April Fools 1969 (Movie)

Grace Greenlaw (Actor)

The June Allyson Show 1959 - 1961 (TV Show)

Actor

From the Terrace 1960 (Movie)

Martha Eaton (Actor)

Midnight Lace 1960 (Movie)

Aunt Bea (Actor)

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars 1951 - 1959 (TV Show)

Actor

Lonelyhearts 1958 (Movie)

Florence Shrike (Actor)

The Ambassador's Daughter 1956 (Movie)

Mrs Cartwright (Actor)

Cheaper by the Dozen 1950 (Movie)

Mrs Lillian Gilbreth (Actor)

The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer 1947 (Movie)

Judge Margaret Turner (Actor)

The Best Years of Our Lives 1946 (Movie)

Milly Stephenson (Actor)

The Rains Came 1938 (Movie)

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Test Pilot 1937 (Movie)

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After the Thin Man 1935 (Movie)

Nora Charles (Actor)

Libeled Lady 1935 (Movie)

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The Great Ziegfeld 1935 (Movie)

Billie Burke (Actor)

Broadway Bill 1934 (Movie)

Alice (Actor)

The Thin Man 1933 (Movie)

Nora (Actor)

The Prizefighter and the Lady 1932 (Movie)

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Topaze 1932 (Movie)

Coco (Actor)

When Ladies Meet 1932 (Movie)

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Love Me Tonight 1931 (Movie)

Countess Valentine (Actor)

Arrowsmith 1930 (Movie)

Joyce Lanyon (Actor)

Body and Soul 1930 (Movie)

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Transatlantic 1930 (Movie)

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The Jazz Singer 1927 (Movie)

Chorus Girl (Actor)

Ben Hur, A Tale of the Christ 1924 (Movie)

Hedonist (Actor)

A Girl in Every Port (Movie)

Jetta (Actor)

Another Thin Man (Movie)

Nora Charles (Actor)

Belles on Their Toes (Movie)

Mrs. Gilbreth (Actor)

Bitter Apples (Movie)

Belinda White (Actor)

Consolation Marriage (Movie)

Elaine (Actor)

Double Wedding (Movie)

Margit Agnew (Actor)

Evelyn Prentice (Movie)

Evelyn Prentice (Actor)

Finger Prints (Movie)

Vamp (Actor)

I Love You Again (Movie)

Kay Wilson (Actor)

If I Were Single (Movie)

Joan Whitley (Actor)

Indict and Convict (TV Show)

Actor

Last of the Duanes (Movie)

Lola (Actor)

Legends of the Screen (TV Show)

Actor

Love Crazy (Movie)

Susan Ireland (Actor)

Lucky Night (Movie)

Cora Jordan (Actor)

Man-Proof (Movie)

Mimi Swift (Actor)

Manhattan Melodrama (Movie)

Eleanor (Actor)

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (Movie)

Muriel Blandings (Actor)

Noah's Ark (Movie)

Dancer/Slave Girl (Actor)

Parnell (Movie)

Katie O'Shea (Actor)

Penthouse (Movie)

Gertie Waxted (Actor)

Rogue of the Rio Grande (Movie)

Carmita (Actor)

Scarlet River (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Shadow of the Thin Man (Movie)

Nora Charles (Actor)

Song of the Thin Man (Movie)

Nora Charles (Actor)

Stamboul Quest (Movie)

Annemarie (Actor)

State Street Sadie (Movie)

Isobel/Sadie (Actor)

Summer Solstice (TV Show)

Actor

The Animal Kingdom (Movie)

Cecilia Henry (Actor)

The Barbarian (Movie)

Diana (Actor)

The Black Watch (Movie)

Yasmini (Actor)

The Couple Takes a Wife (TV Show)

Actor

The Devil to Pay (Movie)

Susan Hale (Actor)

The Girl From Chicago (Movie)

Mary Carlton (Actor)

The Great Divide (Movie)

Manuella (Actor)

The Mask of Fu Manchu (Movie)

Fah Lo See (Actor)

The Naughty Flirt (Movie)

Linda Gregory (Actor)

The Red Pony (Movie)

Alice Tiflin (Actor)

The Senator Was Indiscreet (Movie)

Mrs. Ashton (Actor)

The Thin Man Goes Home (Movie)

Nora Charles (Actor)

The Wet Parade (Movie)

Eileen Pinchon (Actor)

Third Finger, Left Hand (Movie)

Margot Sherwood Merrick (Actor)

Thirteen Women (Movie)

Ursula Georgi (Actor)

Too Hot to Handle (Movie)

Alma Harding (Actor)

Whipsaw (Movie)

Vivian Palmer (Actor)

Why Girls Go Back Home (Movie)

Sally Short (Actor)

Wife vs. Secretary (Movie)

Linda Stanhope (Actor)

Wings in the Dark (Movie)

Sheila Mason (Actor)

Biography

With her almond-shaped eyes, tilted-up nose, and ladylike but wry and relaxed manner, Myrna Loy was one of Hollywood's most popular actresses of the 1930s and maintained that stardom for decades. She came to embody the perfect wife--sympathetic, wise and sexy--opposite William Powell, Clark Gable and others. Loy was the ultimate proof that marriage and companionship in the movies need not be an exercise in mutual henpecking or a mere happy ending, but rather something fun and exciting in and of itself.

Relationships

John Hertz

Husband

Arthur Hornblow Jr. Producer

Husband
Married June 27, 1936 Divorced June 1, 1942

Gene Markey Producer

Husband

Howland Sargeant

Husband

David Williams

Father
died in the influenza epidemic of 1918 named his daughter after a railroad watering spot was also a Montana state legislator who lobbied in support of Woodrow Wilson's push for the League of Nations

Della Williams

Mother
parents were of Welsh and Scottish extraction

David Williams

Brother

EDUCATION

Westlake School for Girls

Los Angeles , California

Venice High School

Venice , California

Milestones

1990

Documentary profile, "Myrna Loy: So Nice to Come Home To", produced by and aired on cable network station TNT, hosted by Kathleen Turner

1985

Received tribute at Carnegie Hall in New York hosted by Lauren Bacall

1983

Career feted in a syndicated documentary TV special, "Legends of the Screen"

1981

Last acting role: starring opposite Henry Fonda in the acclaimed made-for-TV movie, "Summer Solstice"

1980

Final film appearance, "Just Tell Me What You Want"

1974

Toured in "Don Juan in Hell" with Ricardo Montalban, Edward Mulhare, and Kurt Kasznar

1973

Made Broadway debut in a revival of Clare Boothe Luce's comedy, "The Women"

1968

Returned to features after a nine-year absence to play a supporting role opposite Charles Boyer in "The April Fools", starring Jack Lemmon and Catherine Deneuve

1960

Stage debut in "Marriage-go-Round"

1956

Took second billing to another actress for the first time in 20 years (since she and Jean Harlow co-starred with Powell and Spencer Tracy in "Libeled Lady" 1936) when she played a major but supporting role in "The Ambassador's Daughter", starring Olivia d

1950

Went to England to star in the film, "If This Be Sin"

1948

After WWII, became a member of the US National Commission for UNESCO; first Hollywood celebrity to work for the United Nations; helped organize its Hollywood Film Committee

1947

Made last appearance with Powell, in a cameo role as his wife near the end of "The Senator Was Indiscreet"

1947

Founding member of the Committee of the First Amendment

1947

Last of the "Thin Man" series of films opposite William Powell, "Song of the Thin Man"

1941

Moved to New York

1938

Voted "Queen of the Movies" in "New York Daily News" poll

1938

Last film opposite Gable, "Too Hot to Handle"

1936

Voted the number one box-office star by US theater owners

1934

First of 14 teamings with William Powell, "Manhattan Melodrama"

1933

Roles in "The Prizefighter and the Lady" and "Penthouse" complete transformation of image to that of sympathetic American romantic leads

1933

First of seven films opposite Clark Gable, "Night Flight"

1932

Supporting role in musical comedy "Love Me Tonight" was a turning point in career, start the breaking of her typecasting as exotic vamps

1931

Signed contract with MGM

1930

Signed one-year contract with Fox

1925

Adopted name "Myrna Loy", suggested by a poet friend

1925

Signed five-year contract with Warner Bros.

1925

Made film debut in "Pretty Ladies"; also played a bit part that year in the filming of the massive Biblical epic "Ben Hur"

1923

Joined the chorus line of the pre-feature show at Graumann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood at age 18 (date approximate)

1918

Moved with family to California after the death of her father

1917

Took dancing lessons from a Miss Alice Thompson; performed in a fundraising event in Helena and later repeated her "Bluebird" performance at a nearby Army base (date approximate)

1916

Took part in a family trip to California which included a tour of the Universal Studios

1912

Family moved to Helena, MT when Loy was 7

Put her film career on hold to work for the New York Red Cross as assistant head of welfare activities for much of the duration of WWII; also arranged entertainment for over 50 military hospitals and worked at stage door canteens

Active as a member of UNESCO's U.S. Commission

Played the heroine's mother in a touring stage production of Neil Simon's "Barefoot in the Park"

Bonus Trivia

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Myrna Loy twice made the annual nationwide exhibitors poll of top ten boxoffice stars, placing 10th in 1937 and 8th in 1938.

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She was former advisor and officer, National Committee Against Discrimination in Housing.

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