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Birth information

2 August 1905 Radersburg, Montana, USA

Death information

14 December 1993 New York City, New York, USA

Given Name

Myrna Adele Williams

Nickname

Queen of Hollywood
The Perfect Wife
Queen of the Movies
Minnie

How tall is Myrna Loy?

1.68 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Howland Hill Sargeant
Gene Markey
John Daniel Hertz Jr.
Arthur Hornblow Jr.

Life Story of Myrna Loy

Myrna Williams, later to become Myrna Loy, was born on August 2, 1905 in Radersburg, Montana. Her father was the youngest person ever elected to the Montana State legislature. Later on her family moved to Helena where she spent her youth. At the age of 13, Myrna's father died of influenza and the rest of the family moved to Los Angeles. She was educated in L.A. and the Westlake School for Girls where she caught the acting bug. She started at the age of 15 when she appeared in local stage productions in order to help support her family. Some of the stage plays were held in the now famous Grauman's Theater in Hollywood. Mrs. Rudolph Valentino happened to be in the audience one night who managed to pull some strings to get Myrna some parts in the motion picture industry. Her first film was a small part in the production of What Price Beauty? (1925). Later she appeared the same year in Pretty Ladies (1925) along with Joan Crawford. She was one of the few stars that would start in the silent movies and make a successful transition into the sound era. In the silent films, Myrna would appear as an exotic femme fatale. Later in the sound era, she would become a refined, wholesome...

Significant features of Myrna Loy

Turned-up nose
Later in her career, often cast as maternal, heroic characters
Early in her career, often played sexy, unpredictable party girls

How much money has Myrna Loy earned?

Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) $3 .50
A Connecticut Yankee (1931) $1,500 /week
The Thin Man (1934) $1,500 /week
To Mary - with Love (1936) $3,000 /week
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) ...

Publications and Magazines about Myrna Loy

Lawrence J. Quirk The Films of Myrna Loy. 1984
Karyn Kay Myrna Loy (Pyramid Illustrated History of the Movies). 1977
James Kotsilibas-Davis and Myrna Loy Myrna Loy: Being and Becoming. 1987
James Kotsilibas-Davis and Myrna Loy Myrna Loy: Being and Becoming. 1987
Emily W. Leider Myrna Loy: The Only Good Girl in Hollywood. 2011

Biographical movies about Myrna Loy

Myrna Loy Remembered 1993
Myrna Loy: So Nice to Come Home to 1991

What movies did Myrna Loy play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Love, Sidney (1982) Vera Lonnigan, Summer Solstice (1981) Margaret, Just Tell Me What You Want (1980) Stella Liberti, Where Do You Hide the Sun? (1980) , The End (1978) Maureen Lawson, Ants! (1977) Ethel, Airport 1975 (1974) Mrs. Devaney, The Elevator (1974) Amanda Kenyon, Indict and Convict (1974) Judge Christine Tayloy, Ironside (1973) Andrea Wollcott, The Couple Takes a Wife (1972) Barbara's Mother, Columbo (1972) Lizzy Fielding, Do Not Fold, Spindle or Mutilate (1971) Evelyn Tryon, Death Takes a Holiday (1971) Selena Chapman, The April Fools (1969)...

Birth information

2 August 1905 Radersburg, Montana, USA

Death information

14 December 1993 New York City, New York, USA

Given Name

Myrna Adele Williams

Nickname

Queen of Hollywood
The Perfect Wife
Queen of the Movies
Minnie

How tall is Myrna Loy?

1.68 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Howland Hill Sargeant
Gene Markey
John Daniel Hertz Jr.
Arthur Hornblow Jr.

Life Story of Myrna Loy

Myrna Williams, later to become Myrna Loy, was born on August 2, 1905 in Radersburg, Montana. Her father was the youngest person ever elected to the Montana State legislature. Later on her family moved to Helena where she spent her youth. At the age of 13, Myrna's father died of influenza and the rest of the family moved to Los Angeles. She was educated in L.A. and the Westlake School for Girls where she caught the acting bug. She started at the age of 15 when she appeared in local stage productions in order to help support her family. Some of the stage plays were held in the now famous Grauman's Theater in Hollywood. Mrs. Rudolph Valentino happened to be in the audience one night who managed to pull some strings to get Myrna some parts in the motion picture industry. Her first film was a small part in the production of What Price Beauty? (1925). Later she appeared the same year in Pretty Ladies (1925) along with Joan Crawford. She was one of the few stars that would start in the silent movies and make a successful transition into the sound era. In the silent films, Myrna would appear as an exotic femme fatale. Later in the sound era, she would become a refined, wholesome...

Significant features of Myrna Loy

Turned-up nose
Later in her career, often cast as maternal, heroic characters
Early in her career, often played sexy, unpredictable party girls

How much money has Myrna Loy earned?

Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) $3 .50
A Connecticut Yankee (1931) $1,500 /week
The Thin Man (1934) $1,500 /week
To Mary - with Love (1936) $3,000 /week
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) ...

Publications and Magazines about Myrna Loy

Lawrence J. Quirk The Films of Myrna Loy. 1984
Karyn Kay Myrna Loy (Pyramid Illustrated History of the Movies). 1977
James Kotsilibas-Davis and Myrna Loy Myrna Loy: Being and Becoming. 1987
James Kotsilibas-Davis and Myrna Loy Myrna Loy: Being and Becoming. 1987
Emily W. Leider Myrna Loy: The Only Good Girl in Hollywood. 2011

Biographical movies about Myrna Loy

Myrna Loy Remembered 1993
Myrna Loy: So Nice to Come Home to 1991

What movies did Myrna Loy play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Love, Sidney (1982) Vera Lonnigan, Summer Solstice (1981) Margaret, Just Tell Me What You Want (1980) Stella Liberti, Where Do You Hide the Sun? (1980) , The End (1978) Maureen Lawson, Ants! (1977) Ethel, Airport 1975 (1974) Mrs. Devaney, The Elevator (1974) Amanda Kenyon, Indict and Convict (1974) Judge Christine Tayloy, Ironside (1973) Andrea Wollcott, The Couple Takes a Wife (1972) Barbara's Mother, Columbo (1972) Lizzy Fielding, Do Not Fold, Spindle or Mutilate (1971) Evelyn Tryon, Death Takes a Holiday (1971) Selena Chapman, The April Fools (1969)...

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Myrna Loy and Warner Baxter in To Mary - with Love (1936)

For five years (1949-1954) she served as a film advisor for UNESCO.

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Myrna Loy and J. Harold Murray in Cameo Kirby (1930)

She served as an advisor to the National Committee Against Discrimination in Housing.

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Myrna Loy and Will Rogers in A Connecticut Yankee (1931)

She made her Broadway debut in the 1973 revival of "The Women".

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Myrna Loy in Men in White (1934)

Hobbies: Sculpting and dancing.

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Myrna Loy and Warner Baxter in Renegades (1930)

One of a handful of great movie stars never nominated for an acting Oscar, she received an honorary Academy Award in 1991.

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Myrna Loy, Gladys Brockwell, and William Collier Jr. in Hardboiled Rose (1929)

She became a founder member of the American Place Theatre, a non-profit theatre set up to help new writers develop.

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Myrna Loy, Neil Hamilton, and Henry Stephenson in The Animal Kingdom (1932)

'Caterina Williams' is sometimes quoted as her real name.

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Myrna Loy and Henry Stephenson in The Animal Kingdom (1932)

In 1939, Myrna had a narrow escape when her horse bolted during the filming of The Rains Came (1939) with Tyrone Power; she was nearly killed.

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Myrna Loy and May McAvoy in If I Were Single (1927)

Loy donned a uniform during the War when she joined the Hollywood Chapter of 'Bundles for Bluejackets' -- helping to run a Naval Auxiliary Canteen and going on fund raising tours.

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Myrna Loy, May McAvoy, and Conrad Nagel in If I Were Single (1927)

Men-Must-Marry-Myrna Clubs were formed due to her portrayal as The Perfect Wife (The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)).

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Myrna Loy and Walter Pidgeon in Bride of the Regiment (1930)

A devout Democrat and feminist, she later dismissed her work in the pre-Civil Rights-era movie Ham and Eggs at the Front (1927) as "shameful".

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Myrna Loy in Transatlantic (1931)

Myrna enrolled at Venice High School -- a school which later named its annual speech and drama awards 'Myrnas'.

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John Barrymore and Myrna Loy in Topaze (1933)

Spent her early years on a ranch and in the town of Helena, Montana, which was also the home of Gary Cooper.

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Myrna Loy and Dorothy Mackaill in The Great Divide (1929)

When her father was travelling by train in early 1905, he went through a small station called 'Myrna' - he eventually named her after that station.

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Myrna Loy and George O'Brien in The Last of the Duanes (1930)

After graduating from high school in 1923, Myrna got a job dancing in the chorus during the prologue for The Ten Commandments at Grauman's Chinese Theatre.

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Myrna Loy and Joseph Schildkraut in Cock o' the Walk (1930)

In 1936 Myrna was named Queen of the Movies and Clark Gable 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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Myrna Loy, Maureen O'Sullivan, and Thomas Meighan in Skyline (1931)

In 1918, her father died in the Spanish Flu epidemic, and Myrna, her mom, and brother moved to LA.

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Myrna Loy and Roy D'Arcy in The Black Watch (1929)

Recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kennedy Center in 1988.

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Myrna Loy and Montagu Love in Vanity Fair (1932)

In 1923, she was photographed by Henry Waxman, who showed the pictures to Rudolph Valentino. Impressed with Myrna, Valentino arranged for a screen test for his upcoming film, Cobra (1925). She failed it.

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Myrna Loy and Conway Tearle in Vanity Fair (1932)

Some of her biggest fans included James Stewart, Winston Churchill, and the Roosevelts. Franklin D. Roosevelt invited to the White House early on in his administration, and she became very friendly with First Lady Anna Eleanor Roosevelt.

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Myrna Loy and Conway Tearle in Vanity Fair (1932)

Her father, at age 21, the youngest man ever elected to the Montana State Legislature, owned a small cattle ranch.

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Myrna Loy and Carroll Nye in Razzia (1927)

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.

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Myrna Loy and Monte Blue in Bitter Apples (1927)

Received a Honorary Academy Award in the same year as Sophia Loren.

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Clark Gable and Myrna Loy in Zu heiß zum Anfassen (1938)

Her final public appearance was in 1991 when she received her lifetime achievement award during The 63rd Annual Academy Awards (1991). She was unable to travel to Hollywood to accept the award in person, so the Academy arranged a live satellite link to her Manhattan apartment. Anjelica Huston introduced the film tribute presentation to her, which started with clips from The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) and ended with a clip from After the Thin Man (1936) When the tribute finished, there was instantaneous rapturous applause and Huston then said, "Here from her apartment in New York is Miss Loy. Congratulations Myrna." Loy appeared live on a large screen from her beautiful New York apartment smiling, with her Honorary Oscar on a side table next to her. She was seated wearing sparkling purple evening wear and watched intently on her own television. She viewed and smiled at close up shots of fellow same-year Honorary Award recipient Sophia Loren and other audience members applauding. There was unusually no standing ovation, instead audience members remained seated during the applause, this was by no means a snub. There was a short silence after the applause, while the camera closed in on Miss Loy. She then looked directly at the camera and simply and said, "You've made me very happy, thank you very much," to yet further loud applause and then she disappeared from the screen once more.

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Clark Gable and Myrna Loy in Zu heiß zum Anfassen (1938)

Underwent two mastectomies after being diagnosed with breast cancer twice.

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Clark Gable and Myrna Loy in Zu heiß zum Anfassen (1938)

Made her stage debut in 1916.

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Myrna Loy and Gilbert Roland in The Woman in Room 13 (1932)

Her mother, Della Williams, was a talented pianist who encouraged Myrna's interest in the arts.

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Boris Karloff, Myrna Loy, and Charles Starrett in Die Maske des Fu-Manchu (1932)

First Actress to work for the UN (UNESCO).

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Myrna Loy and Charles Starrett in Die Maske des Fu-Manchu (1932)

Her profile was the most requested in the 1930s by women to their plastic surgeons.

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Myrna Loy and Charles Starrett in Die Maske des Fu-Manchu (1932)

Appeared in staged prologues at Grauman's Egyptian theater in Los Angeles, before getting her first role in films. The prologues, staged by Ruth Fanchon and Marco, were live shows put on before the feature had begun. Myrna appeared in prologues for The Ten Commandments (1923) and The Thief of Bagdad (1924), among others.

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Myrna Loy, Douglas Gilmore, and J. Harold Murray in Cameo Kirby (1930)

The statue outside Venice High School that bears her likeness is titled 'Inspiration', and has been the target of vandalism and school pranks for decades (Loy mentions in her book that the statue was even decapitated at one point). It is now surrounded by a fence.

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Myrna Loy and Douglas Gilmore in Cameo Kirby (1930)

Was supposedly the favorite star of famed outlaw John Dillinger. He came out of hiding to see Manhattan Melodrama (1934), in which she starred, and was gunned down by police upon leaving the theater.

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Myrna Loy and Robert Montgomery in When Ladies Meet (1933)

William Powell's nickname for her was 'Minnie'.

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Myrna Loy, Alice Brady, Martin Burton, Ann Harding, Robert Montgomery, etc.

Subject of the song "Myrna Loy" by The Minus 5.

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Myrna Loy and Ann Harding in When Ladies Meet (1933)

Good friend of Princess Marina.

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Myrna Loy, Ann Harding, and Robert Montgomery in When Ladies Meet (1933)

Appeared in the first feature film with synchronized sound (Don Juan (1926)) and first feature film with audible dialog (The Jazz Singer (1927)).

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Myrna Loy, Ann Harding, and Frank Morgan in When Ladies Meet (1933)

Turned down the role of Ellie Andrews in It Happened One Night (1934). Claudette Colbert was given the part and went on to win the Best Actress Oscar for her performance.

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