Filmography

1925      

What Price Beauty?

 The Wanderer

 Pretty Ladies

Sporting Life

Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

 

1926      

The Caveman

The Love Toy

Why Girls Go Back Home

The Gilded Highway

The Exquisite Sinner

So This is Paris

Don Juan

Across the Pacific

The Third Degree

 

1927      

Finger Prints

When a Man Loves

Bitter Apples

The Climbers

Simple Sis

The Heart of Maryland

A Sailor’s Sweetheart

The Jazz Singer

The Girl from Chicago

If I Were Single

Ham and Eggs at the Front

 

1928      

Beware of Married Men

A Girl in Every Port

Turn Back the Hours

The Crimson City

Pay as You Enter

State Street Sadie

The Midnight Taxi

Noah’s Ark

 

1929      

Fancy Baggage

Hardboiled Rose

The Desert Song

The Black Watch

The Squall

The Great Divide

Evidence

The Show of Shows

 

1930      

Cameo Kirby

Isle of Escape

Under a Texas Moon

Cock o’ the Walk

Bride of the Regiment

The Last of the Duanes

The Jazz Cinderella

The Bad Man

Renegades

The Truth About Youth

Rogue of the Rio Grande

The Devil to Pay!

 

1931      

The Naughty Flirt

Body and Soul

A Connecticut Yankee

Hush Money

Rebound

Transatlantic

Skyline

Consolation Marriage

Arrowsmith

 

1932      

Emma

Vanity Fair

The Wet Parade

The Woman in Room 13

New Morals for Old

Love Me Tonight

Thirteen Women

The Mask of Fu Manchu

The Animal Kingdom

The Woman in His House (UK)

 

1933      

Topaze

The Barbarian

The Prizefighter and the Lady

When Ladies Meet

Penthouse

Night Flight

Scarlet River

 

1934      

Men in White

Manhattan Melodrama

The Thin Man

Stamboul Quest

Evelyn Prentice

Broadway Bill

Strictly Confidential (UK)

 

1935      

Wings in the Dark

Whipsaw

 

1936      

Wife vs. Secretary

Petticoat Fever

The Great Ziegfeld

To Mary – with Love

Libeled Lady

After the Thin Man

 

1937      

Parnell

Double Wedding

 

1938      

Man-Proof

Test Pilot

Too Hot to Handle

Another Romance of Celluloid

 

1939      

Lucky Night

The Rains Came

Another Thin Man

 

1940      

I Love You Again

Third Finger, Left Hand

Northward, Ho!

 

1941      

Love Crazy

Shadow of the Thin Man

 

1943      

Show Business at War

 

1945      

The Thin Man Goes Home

 

1946      

So Goes My Love

A Genius in the Family (UK)

The Best Years of Our Lives

 

1947      

The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer

Bachelor Knight (UK)

Song of the Thin Man

The Senator Was Indiscreet

Mr. Ashton Was Indiscreet (UK)

 

1948      

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

 

1949      

The Red Pony

That Dangerous Age

If This Be Sin 

 

1950      

Cheaper by the Dozen

 

1952      

Belles on Their Toes

 

1956      

The Ambassador’s Daughter

 

1958      

Lonelyhearts

 

1960      

From the Terrace

Midnight Lace

 

1969      

The April Fools

 

1974      

Airport 1975

 

1978      

The End

 

1980      

Just Tell Me What You Want

Awards

She received an honorary Academy Award in 1991 in recognition of her extraordinary qualities both on screen and off, with appreciation for a lifetime’s worth of indelible performances. 

Life, is not a having and a getting, but a being and a becoming. ~ Myrna Loy  

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Actress, Biographies

Myrna Loy was born Myrna Adele Williams on August 2, 1905 in Helena, Montana. At the age of thirteen, Myrna’s father died of influenza, and the family moved to Los Angeles. She was educated in L.A. at 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 plays were held in the now famous Grauman’s Theater in Hollywood. Mrs. Rudolph Valentino happened to be in the audience one night and she managed to get Myrna some parts in motion pictures

Her first film was a small part in the production of What Price Beauty? (1925). Later that year, she appeared in Pretty Ladies 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 her silent films, Myrna would appear as a exotic, femme fatale. Later in the sound era, she would become a refined, wholesome character.

Unable to land a contract with MGM, she continued to appear in small, bit roles, nothing that one could really call acting. In 1926, Myrna appeared in the Warner Brothers film called Satan in Sables (1925) which landed her a contract. Her first appearance as a contract player was The Caveman (1926) where she played a maid. Although she was typecast over and over again as a vamp, Myrna continued to stay busy with small parts. Finally, in 1927, she received star billing in Bitter Apples (1927). The excitement was short lived as she returned to the usual smaller roles afterward.

Myrna would take any role that would give her exposure and showcase the talent she felt was being wasted. She wanted roles other than being a vamp. Finally her contract ran out with Warner and she signed with MGM where she got two larger roles. One was in the The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933), and the other as Nora Charles in The Thin Man (1934) with William Powell. Most agreed that the Thin Man series would never have been successful without Myrna. Her witty perception of situations gave her the image that one could not pull a fast one over on the no-nonsense Mrs. Charles. After The Thin Man (1934), Myrna would appear in five more in the series. Myrna was a big box-office draw. She was popular enough that, in 1936, she was named Queen of the Movies and Clark Gable the king in a nationwide poll of movie goers. Her popularity was at its highest point. She gave up her movie career during World War II and instead worked for the Red Cross. She continued to make films after the War and into the  50s but the roles were fewer and fewer.  By the 1960’s the parts had all but dried up.

In 1960, she appeared in Midnight Lace and was not in another until 1969 in The April Fools (1969). The 1970s found her in TV movies, including Columbo. Her last film was in 1981 called Summer Solstice (1981). By the time Myrna passed away, on December 14, 1993, at the age of 88, she had appeared in a phenomenal 129 motion pictures. She was buried in Helena, Montana.

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