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Myrna Loy

Myrna Loy


8/2/1905, Raidersburg, Montana



Birth Name

Myrna Adele Williams



Also Known As

Myrna Hornblower, Caterina Williams
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Myrna Loy was born Myrna Adele Williams on August 2, 1905 in Raidersburg, 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…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Myrna suffered from two seperate bouts of breast cancer and had to undergo a mastectomy each time.

    • Myrna was married 4 times; from 1936 to 1942 to Arthur Hornblow, Jr., from 1942 to 1944 to John Hertz Jr., from 1946 to 1950 to Gene Markey, and from 1951 to 1960 to Howland H. Sergeant.

    • Myrna's hometown of Helena opened the Myrna Loy Center for the Performing and Media Arts in 1991.

    • Myrna was discovered by Natacha Rambova, wife of Rudolph Valentino, who saw her performing on stage and used her influence to get Myrna her first part in What Price Victory? (1925).

    • Myrna starred with Cary Grant in 3 films, including:

      Wings In The Dark (1935)
      The Bachelor And The Bobby-Soxer (1947)
      Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)

    • Myrna was given the Los Angeles Film Critics' Association award for Lifetime Achievement in 1983.

    • Myrna starred in the sitcom pilot produced by Screen Gems Productions called "Her Majesty, The Queen" in 1957, but the series was never picked up.

    • Myrna organized opposition to the blacklisiting activities of the House Un-American Activities Committee in Hollywood throughout the 1950s.

    • Myrna served as a film advisor for UNESCO from 1949 to 1954.

    • Myrna was 5 feet 6 inches tall.

    • Myrna appeared in both the stage version and the 1971 television film version of Death Takes A Holiday.

    • Myrna made 14 movies with co-star William Powell including:

      Manhattan Melodrama (1934)
      The Thin Man (1934)
      Evelyn Prentice (1934)
      The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
      Libeled Lady (1936)
      After the Thin Man (1936)
      Double Wedding (1937)
      Another Thin Man (1939)
      I Love You Again (1940)
      Love Crazy (1941)
      Shadow of the Thin Man (1941)
      The Thin Man Goes Home (1944)
      Song of the Thin Man (1947)
      The Senator Was Indiscreet (1947)

    • Myrna was given the Sarah Siddons award for her work in New York theater in 1965.

    • Myrna was given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kennedy center in 1988.

    • Myna appeared in a magazine ad for Lucky Strikes cigarettes in 1938.

    • Myrna was given an Honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement in 1991.

    • Myrna appeared in the 1977 made-for-tv horror movie It Happened At Lakewood Manor, about killer bugs attacking vacationers at a vacation lodge.

    • Myrna has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6685 Hollywood Boulevard.

    • Myrna was the next door neighbor and close friend of Gary Cooper when living in Montana.

    • She was a natural red head.

    • Myrna was in The Jazz Singer (1927) (the very first "talking" picture) as a chorus girl.

  • Quotes

    • (referring to the "Perfect Wife" label given to her by the media regarding her roles)
      Myrna Loy: Some perfect wife I am. I've been married four times, divorced four times, have no children, and can't boil an egg.

    • Myrna Loy: I was a homely kid with freckles that came out every spring and stuck on me till Christmas.

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