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Myrna Loy

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.

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Aug 2, 1905 In Radersburg, Montana, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie 1925 Studio Tour 1925-04-09
Latest Project:
Movie Leslie Howard: The Man Who Gave a Damn 2015-08-18
Known For
Poster of Double Wedding
Poster of To Mary - with Love
Poster of Penthouse
Poster of The Bad Man
Movie Leslie Howard: The Man Who Gave a Damn Herself (archive footage) 2015-08-18
Movie Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood Gertie Waxted (archive footage) 2008-03-03
Movie Why Be Good?: Sexuality & Censorship in Early Cinema 2007-05-23
Movie William Powell: A True Gentleman 2005-08-02
Movie Complicated Women Herself (archive footage) 2003-05-06
Movie That's Entertainment! III (archive footage) 1994-07-01
Movie Harlow: The Blonde Bombshell Herself 1993-02-06
Movie Hollywood Remembers: Myrna Loy - So Nice to Come Home to (archive footage) 1991-01-01
Movie James Stewart's Wonderful Life (archive footage) 1988-11-22
Movie The Spencer Tracy Legacy: A Tribute by Katharine Hepburn 1986-03-09
Movie Summer Solstice Margaret 1981-12-30
Movie Just Tell Me What You Want Stella Liberti 1980-01-18
Series The Kennedy Center Honors Unknown 1978-12-28
Movie The End Maureen Lawson 1978-05-10
Movie Ants Ethel 1977-12-02
Movie That's Entertainment, Part II (archive footage) 1976-05-17
Movie Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (archive footage) 1975-08-06
Movie Indict and Convict Judge Christine Tayloy 1974-01-06
Movie The Elevator Amanda Kenyon 1974-02-09
Movie Airport 1975 Mrs. Devaney 1974-10-18
Movie The Couple Takes a Wife Barbara's Mother 1972-12-05
Movie Death Takes a Holiday Selena Chapman 1971-10-23
Series Columbo Lizzi Fielding 1971-09-15
Movie Do Not Fold, Spindle, or Mutilate Evelyn Tryon 1971-11-09
Movie The April Fools Grace Greenlaw 1969-05-28
Series Ironside Unknown 1967-03-28
Series Family Affair Unknown 1966-09-12
Movie Hollywood My Home Town 1965-12-31
Movie The Big Parade of Comedy Nora Charles (archive footage) 1964-09-02
Movie From the Terrace Martha Eaton 1960-07-15
Movie Midnight Lace Aunt Bea 1960-10-13
Movie Meet Me in St. Louis Anna Smith 1959-04-26
Movie Lonelyhearts Florence Shrike 1959-03-04
Series The DuPont Show with June Allyson Unknown 1959-09-21
Movie The Ambassador's Daughter Mrs. Cartwright 1956-07-26
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie Belles on Their Toes Dr. Lillian M. Gilbreth 1952-05-02
Movie Cheaper by the Dozen Lillian Gilbreth 1950-03-31
Movie The Red Pony Alice Tiflin 1949-03-08
Movie That Dangerous Age Lady Cathy Brooke 1949-04-13
Movie Song of the Thin Man Nora Charles 1947-08-28
Movie The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer Judge Margaret Turner 1947-09-01
Movie The Senator Was Indiscreet Mrs. Ashton (uncredited) 1947-12-31
Movie So Goes My Love Jane Budden Maxim 1946-05-01
Movie Twenty Years After 1944-01-01
Movie The Thin Man Goes Home Nora Charles 1944-12-24
Movie Show-Business at War Herself 1943-05-21
Movie Shadow of the Thin Man Nora Charles 1941-11-21
Movie Love Crazy Susan Ireland 1941-05-23
Movie The Miracle of Sound 1940-01-01
Movie Northward, Ho! Herself 1940-02-10
Movie Third Finger, Left Hand Margot Sherwood Merrick 1940-10-11
Movie Hollywood: Style Center of the World Herself 1940-05-29
Movie I Love You Again Kay Wilson 1940-08-09
Movie From the Ends of the Earth herself 1939-05-28
Movie Lucky Night Cora Jordan 1939-05-05
Movie The Rains Came Lady Edwina Esketh 1939-09-15
Movie Another Thin Man Nora Charles 1939-11-17
Movie Man-Proof Mimi Swift 1938-01-07
Movie Test Pilot Ann 1938-04-16
Movie Too Hot to Handle Alma Harding 1938-09-16
Movie The Romance of Celluloid 1937-08-26
Movie Parnell Katie O'Shea 1937-06-04
Movie Double Wedding Margit Agnew 1937-10-15
Movie The Great Ziegfeld Billie Burke 1936-04-08
Movie Wife vs. Secretary Linda Stanhope 1936-02-28
Movie Petticoat Fever Irene Campton 1936-03-20
Movie To Mary - with Love Mary Wallace 1936-08-01
Movie After the Thin Man Nora Charles 1936-12-25
Movie Libeled Lady Constance 'Connie' Allenbury 1936-10-09
Movie Wings in the Dark Sheila Mason 1935-02-01
Movie Men in White Laura Hudson 1934-04-06
Movie Manhattan Melodrama Eleanor Packer 1934-05-04
Movie The Thin Man Nora Charles 1934-05-25
Movie Evelyn Prentice Evelyn Prentice 1934-11-09
Movie Broadway Bill Alice 'Princess' Higgins 1934-11-30
Movie Scarlet River Herself (uncredited) 1933-03-10
Movie Topaze Coco 1933-02-24
Movie The Barbarian Diana 'Di' Standing 1933-05-12
Movie The Prizefighter and the Lady Belle 1933-11-10
Movie When Ladies Meet Mary 1933-06-23
Movie Night Flight Wife of Brazilian Pilot 1933-10-06
Movie Penthouse Gertie Waxted 1933-09-08
Movie Vanity Fair Becky Sharp 1932-03-15
Movie The Wet Parade Eileen Pinchon 1932-03-26
Movie Emma Countess Isabelle 'Izzy' Smith Marlin 1932-01-02
Movie New Morals for Old Myra 1932-06-04
Movie The Woman in Room 13 Sari Loder 1932-05-15
Movie Thirteen Women Ursula Georgi 1932-09-16
Movie The Animal Kingdom Cecilia "Cee" Henry Collier 1932-12-28
Movie A Connecticut Yankee Queen Morgan le Fay / Evil Sister in Mansion 1931-04-06
Movie Body and Soul Alice Lester 1931-02-22
Movie Rebound Evie Lawrence 1931-08-28
Movie Hush Money 1931-07-05
Movie Transatlantic Kay Graham 1931-08-30
Movie Arrowsmith Mrs. Joyce Lanyon 1931-12-07
Movie Consolation Marriage Elaine Brandon 1931-11-21
Movie Bride of the Regiment Sophie 1930-05-21
Movie The Last of the Duanes Lola Bland 1930-08-31
Movie The Jazz Cinderella Mildred Vane 1930-09-01
Movie Under a Texas Moon Lolita Romero 1930-04-01
Movie Cameo Kirby Lea 1930-01-12
Movie Cock o' the Walk Narita 1930-04-13
Movie The Truth About Youth Kara 1930-11-03
Movie The Bad Man (uncredited) 1930-09-13
Movie The Naughty Flirt Linda Gregory 1930-12-17
Movie The Devil to Pay! Mary Crayle 1930-12-18
Movie Rogue of the Rio Grande Carmita 1930-12-06
Movie Renegades Eleanore 1930-10-26
Movie The Desert Song Azuri 1929-04-08
Movie Hardboiled Rose Rose Duhamel 1929-03-30
Movie Fancy Baggage Myrna 1929-01-26
Movie The Squall Nubi 1929-05-09
Movie The Great Divide Manuella 1929-09-15
Movie Evidence Native Girl 1929-12-05
Movie Show of Shows Performer in 'What Became of the Floradora Boys' & 'Chinese Fantasy' Numbers 1929-11-21
Movie The Black Watch Yasmani 1929-05-22
Movie Noah's Ark Showgirl / Slave Girl 1929-06-15
Movie What Price Beauty? Vamp 1928-01-22
Movie A Girl in Every Port Jetta - Girl in Singapore (uncredited) 1928-02-26
Movie Fashion News Self (1928, 1930) 1928-11-06
Movie State Street Sadie Sadie 1928-08-25
Movie The Midnight Taxi Gertie Fairfax 1928-09-01
Movie Bitter Apples Belinda White 1927-04-23
Movie When a Man Loves Convict Behind Manon (uncredited) 1927-08-21
Movie The Jazz Singer Chorus Girl (uncredited) 1927-10-06
Movie Why Girls Go Back Home Sally Short 1926-03-01
Movie The Exquisite Sinner Living Statue 1926-03-28
Movie So This Is Paris Lalle's Maid 1926-07-31
Movie Don Juan Mai - Lady in Waiting 1926-08-06
Movie 1925 Studio Tour Herself (uncredited) 1925-04-09
Movie Pretty Ladies Showgirl (uncredited) 1925-09-06
Movie Sporting Life Chorus Girl with Lord Wainwright (uncredited) 1925-11-29
Movie Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ Slave Girl (uncredited) 1925-12-25
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