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Myrna Loy (August 2, 1905 – December 14, 1993) was an American actress. Trained as a dancer, she devoted herself fully to an acting career following a few minor roles in silent films. Originally typecast in exotic roles, often as a vamp or a woman of Asian descent, her career prospects improved following her portrayal of Nora Charles in The Thin Man (1934). Her successful pairing with William Powell resulted in 14 films together, including five subsequent Thin Man films.

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."

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.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Myrna Loy (August 2, 1905 – December 14, 1993) was an American actress. Trained as a dancer, she devoted herself fully to an acting career following a few minor roles in silent films. Originally typecast in exotic roles, often as a vamp or a woman of Asian descent, her career prospects improved following her portrayal of Nora Charles in The Thin Man (1934). Her successful pairing with William Powell resulted in 14 films together, including five subsequent Thin Man films.

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."

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.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 166

Birthday 1905-08-02

Day of Death 1993-12-14

Place of Birth Radersburg, Montana, USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2015 Leslie Howard: The Man Who Gave a Damn as Herself (archive footage)
2009 1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year
2008 Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood as Gertie Waxted (archive footage)
2007 Why Be Good?: Sexuality & Censorship in Early Cinema
2005 William Powell: A True Gentleman
2005 Alias Nick and Nora as Nora
2003 Complicated Women as Herself (archive footage)
1994 That's Entertainment! III as (archive footage)
1993 Harlow: The Blonde Bombshell as Herself
1991 Hollywood Remembers: Myrna Loy - So Nice to Come Home to as (archive footage)
1988 James Stewart's Wonderful Life as (archive footage)
1986 The Spencer Tracy Legacy: A Tribute by Katharine Hepburn
1981 Summer Solstice as Margaret
1980 Just Tell Me What You Want as Stella Liberti
1978 The Kennedy Center Honors (1 episode)
1978 The End as Maureen Lawson
1977 Ants as Ethel
1976 That's Entertainment, Part II as (archive footage)
1975 Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? as (archive footage)
1974 Airport 1975 as Mrs. Devaney
1974 The Elevator as Amanda Kenyon
1974 Indict and Convict as Judge Christine Tayloy
1972 The Couple Takes a Wife as Barbara's Mother
1971 Do Not Fold, Spindle, or Mutilate as Evelyn Tryon
1971 Death Takes a Holiday as Selena Chapman
1971 Columbo (1 episode) as Lizzi Fielding
1969 The April Fools as Grace Greenlaw
1967 Ironside (1 episode)
1966 Family Affair (1 episode)
1965 Hollywood My Home Town
1965 The Love Goddesses
1964 The Big Parade of Comedy as Nora Charles (archive footage)
1962 The Virginian (1 episode)
1960 Midnight Lace as Aunt Bea
1960 From the Terrace as Martha Eaton
1959 The DuPont Show with June Allyson (1 episode)
1959 Meet Me in St. Louis as Anna Smith
1958 Lonelyhearts as Florence Shrike
1956 The Ambassador's Daughter as Mrs. Cartwright
1953 General Electric Theater (3 episodes)
1952 Belles on their Toes as Dr. Lillian M. Gilbreth
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1 episode)
1950 Cheaper by the Dozen as Lillian Gilbreth
1949 That Dangerous Age as Lady Cathy Brooke
1949 The Red Pony as Alice Tiflin
1948 Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House as Muriel Blandings
1947 The Senator Was Indiscreet as Mrs. Ashton (Cameo Appearance--uncredited)
1947 Song of the Thin Man as Nora Charles
1947 The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer as Judge Margaret Turner
1946 The Best Years of Our Lives as Milly Stephenson
1946 So Goes My Love as Jane Budden Maxim
1944 The Thin Man Goes Home as Nora Charles
1944 Twenty Years After
1943 Show-Business at War as Herself
1941 Shadow of the Thin Man as Nora Charles
1941 Love Crazy as Susan Ireland
1940 Third Finger, Left Hand as Margot Sherwood Merrick
1940 I Love You Again as Kay Wilson
1940 Hollywood: Style Center of the World as Herself
1940 Northward, Ho! as Herself
1940 The Miracle of Sound
1939 The Rains Came as Lady Edwina Esketh
1939 From the Ends of the Earth as herself
1939 Lucky Night as Cora Jordan
1939 Another Thin Man as Nora Charles
1938 Too Hot to Handle as Alma Harding
1938 Test Pilot as Ann
1938 Another Romance of Celluloid as Herself (uncredited)
1938 Man-Proof as Mimi Swift
1937 Double Wedding as Margit Agnew
1937 The Romance of Celluloid
1937 Parnell as Katie O'Shea
1936 After the Thin Man as Nora Charles
1936 Libeled Lady as Constance 'Connie' Allenbury
1936 To Mary - with Love as Mary Wallace
1936 The Great Ziegfeld as Billie Burke
1936 Petticoat Fever as Irene Campton
1936 Wife vs. Secretary as Linda Stanhope
1935 Whipsaw as Vivian Palmer
1935 Wings in the Dark as Sheila Mason
1934 Broadway Bill as Alice 'Princess' Higgins
1934 Evelyn Prentice as Evelyn Prentice
1934 Stamboul Quest as Annemarie, aka Fräulein Doktor and Helena Bohlen
1934 The Thin Man as Nora Charles
1934 Manhattan Melodrama as Eleanor Packer
1934 Men in White as Laura Hudson
1933 The Prizefighter and the Lady as Belle
1933 Night Flight as Wife of Brazilian pilot
1933 Penthouse as Gertie Waxted
1933 When Ladies Meet as Mary
1933 The Barbarian as Diana 'Di' Standing
1933 Scarlet River as Herself (uncredited)
1933 Topaze as Coco
1932 The Animal Kingdom as Cecilia "Cee" Henry Collier
1932 The Mask of Fu Manchu as Fah Lo See
1932 Thirteen Women as Ursula Georgi
1932 Love Me Tonight as Countess Valentine
1932 New Morals for Old as Myra
1932 The Woman in Room 13 as Sari Loder
1932 The Wet Parade as Eileen Pinchon
1932 Vanity Fair as Becky Sharp
1932 Emma as Countess Isabelle 'Izzy' Smith Marlin
1931 Arrowsmith as Mrs. Joyce Lanyon
1931 Consolation Marriage as Elaine Brandon
1931 Skyline as Paula Lambert
1931 Transatlantic as Kay Graham
1931 Rebound as Evie Lawrence
1931 Hush Money
1931 A Connecticut Yankee as Queen Morgan le Fay / Evil Sister in Mansion
1931 Body and Soul as Alice Lester
1930 The Devil to Pay! as Mary Crayle
1930 The Naughty Flirt as Linda Gregory
1930 Rogue of the Rio Grande as Carmita
1930 The Truth About Youth as Kara
1930 Renegades as Eleanore
1930 The Bad Man
1930 The Jazz Cinderella as Mildred Vane
1930 The Last of the Duanes as Lola Bland
1930 Bride of the Regiment as Sophie
1930 Cock o' the Walk as Narita
1930 Under a Texas Moon as Lolita Romero
1930 Isle of Escape as Moira
1930 Cameo Kirby as Lea
1929 Evidence as Native Girl
1929 Show of Shows as Performer in 'What Became of the Floradora Boys' & 'Chinese Fantasy' Numbers
1929 The Great Divide as Manuella
1929 Noah's Ark as Showgirl / Slave Girl
1929 The Black Watch as Yasmani
1929 The Squall as Nubi
1929 The Desert Song as Azuri
1929 Hardboiled Rose as Rose Duhamel
1929 Fancy Baggage as Myrna
1928 Fashion News
1928 Beware of Married Men
1928 The Midnight Taxi as Gertie Fairfax
1928 State Street Sadie as Sadie
1928 Pay as You Enter
1928 The Crimson City
1928 Turn Back the Hours
1928 A Girl in Every Port as Jetta - Girl in Singapore
1927 Ham and Eggs at the Front
1927 If I Were Single
1927 The Girl From Chicago as Mary Carlton
1927 The Jazz Singer as Chorus Girl
1927 A Sailor's Sweetheart
1927 When a Man Loves as Convict Behind Manon (uncredited)
1927 The Heart of Maryland
1927 Simple Sis
1927 The Climbers
1927 Bitter Apples as Belinda White
1927 Finger Prints
1926 The Third Degree
1926 Across the Pacific
1926 Don Juan as Mai - Lady in Waiting
1926 So This Is Paris as Lalle's Maid
1926 Exquisite Sinner as Living Statue
1926 The Gilded Highway
1926 Why Girls Go Back Home as Sally Short
1926 The Love Toy
1926 The Cave Man
1925 Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ as Slave Girl (uncredited)
1925 Sporting Life
1925 Pretty Ladies as Showgirl
1925 The Wanderer as Girl (uncredited)
1925 What Price Beauty? as Vamp
1925 1925 Studio Tour as Herself (uncredited)

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