Thursday, August 2, 2012

Happy Birthday: Myrna Loy.

Hobbies: Sculpturing and dancing.

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

Loy's last film was also the last for Henry Fonda, TV drama... Summer Solstice(1981).

In 1937, Myrna had a narrow escape when her horse bolted during the filming of The Rains Came (1939) with Tyrone Power; she was nearly killed.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Video: Myrna Loy tribute.


  1. Happy birthday to Myrna! She is definitely one of my faves. She was a wonderful counterpart to whomever she was paired with---Gable, Powell, Grant, and Power especially.

  2. happy birthday Myrna! great actress who could do so much with so little. a lovely tribute from julianne moore.

  3. Patti, Myrna.. is also one of my favorite actress. I just saw her in a movie where she played an Indian girl... boy, was it weird seeing her play that part.. I'm so glad that later landed better roles.

    Alyssa LM, I'm so glad TCM added her to their "Summer Under The Stars" celebration.


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