Myrna Loy

Myrna Loy

  • Highest Rated: 100% Midnight Lace (1960)
  • Lowest Rated: 29% Airport 1975 (1974)
  • Birthday: Aug 2, 1905
  • Birthplace: Radersburg, Montana, USA
  • During the late 1930s, when Clark Gable was named the King of Hollywood, Myrna Loy was elected the Queen. The legendary actress, who started her career as a dancer, moved into silent films and was typecast for a few years as exotic women. Her film titles from those early years include Arrowsmith (1931), Love Me Tonight (1932), The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932), and Manhattan Melodrama (1934), the film that gangster John Dillinger just had to see the night he was killed. Starting in 1934, with The Thin Man, opposite William Powell, she became Hollywood's ideal wife: bright, witty, humorous. She and Powell were often teamed throughout the '30s and '40s, and many of the characters she played were strong, independent, adventurous women. In addition to The Thin Man series, Loy's best appearances included The Great Ziegfeld (1936), Libeled Lady (1936), Wife vs. Secretary (1936), Test Pilot (1938), and Too Hot to Handle (1938). She took a break from filmmaking during WWII to work with the Red Cross, and in her later years she devoted as much time to politics as to acting (among her accomplishments, Loy became the first film star to work with the United Nations). She stands out in The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948), Cheaper by the Dozen (1950), and its sequel Belles on Their Toes (1952). She received an honorary Oscar in 1991, two years before her death.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Alias Nick and Nora Actor 2005
No Score Yet Summer Solstice Margaret Turner 2003
No Score Yet Mgm Story: When The Lion Roars Actor 1992
No Score Yet Just Tell Me What You Want Stella Liberti 1980
64% The End Maureen Lawson 1978
No Score Yet Panic at Lake Wood Manor Ethel Adams 1977
No Score Yet Ants Actor 1977
29% Airport 1975 Mrs. Devaney 1974
No Score Yet Columbo: Étude in Black Actor 1972
No Score Yet Death Takes a Holiday Selena Chapman 1971
No Score Yet The April Fools Grace 1969
100% Midnight Lace Aunt Bea 1960
33% From the Terrace Martha Eaton 1960
No Score Yet Lonelyhearts Florence Shrike 1958
No Score Yet The Ambassador's Daughter Mrs. Cartwright 1956
No Score Yet Belles on Their Toes Mrs. Gilbreth 1952
80% Cheaper by the Dozen Lillian Gilbreth 1950
No Score Yet The Red Pony Alice Tiflin 1949
82% Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House Muriel Blandings 1948
75% The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer Margaret 1947
No Score Yet The Senator Was Indiscreet Mrs. Ashton 1947
80% Song of the Thin Man Nora Charles 1947
96% The Best Years of Our Lives Milly Stephenson 1946
No Score Yet So Goes My Love Jane 1946
60% The Thin Man Goes Home Nora Charles 1945
83% Shadow of the Thin Man Nora Charles 1941
100% Love Crazy Susan Ireland 1941
No Score Yet Third Finger, Left Hand Margot Sherwood Merrick 1940
100% I Love You Again Kay Wilson 1940
81% Another Thin Man Nora Charles 1939
No Score Yet The Rains Came Lady Edwina Esketh 1939
No Score Yet Lucky Night Cora Jordan 1939
No Score Yet Man-Proof Mimi Swift 1938
75% Test Pilot Ann Barton 1938
No Score Yet Too Hot to Handle Alma Harding 1938
No Score Yet Double Wedding Margit Agnew 1937
No Score Yet Parnell Mrs. Katie O'Shea 1937
100% After the Thin Man Nora Charles 1936
No Score Yet Petticoat Fever Irene Campton 1936
No Score Yet Wife vs. Secretary Linda 1936
83% Libeled Lady Connie Allenbury 1936
62% The Great Ziegfeld Billie Burke 1936
No Score Yet To Mary---With Love Mary Wallace 1936
No Score Yet Whipsaw Vivian Palmer 1935
No Score Yet Wings in the Dark Sheila Mason 1935
100% Broadway Bill Alice 1934
No Score Yet Evelyn Prentice Evelyn Prentice 1934
No Score Yet Stamboul Quest Annemarie 1934
97% The Thin Man Nora Charles 1934
80% Manhattan Melodrama Eleanor 1934
No Score Yet Men in White Laura 1934
No Score Yet The Prizefighter and the Lady Belle 1933
No Score Yet Night Flight Brazilian Pilot's Wife 1933
No Score Yet Penthouse (Crooks in Clover) Gertie Waxted 1933
No Score Yet When Ladies Meet (Strange Skirts) (Truth Is Stranger) Mary Howard 1933
No Score Yet The Barbarian Diana 'Di' Standing 1933
No Score Yet Topaze Coco 1933
No Score Yet The Animal Kingdom (The Woman in His House) Cecilia 'Cee' Henry Collier 1932
No Score Yet Thirteen Women Ursula Georgi 1932
100% Love Me Tonight Countess Vantine 1932
No Score Yet New Morals for Old Myra 1932
No Score Yet The Wet Parade Eileen Pinchon 1932
No Score Yet Vanity Fair Becky Sharp 1932
No Score Yet Emma Isabelle 1932
88% The Mask of Fu Manchu Fah Lo See 1932
88% Arrowsmith Joyce Lanyon 1931
No Score Yet Consolation Marriage Elaine Brandon 1931
No Score Yet Skyline Paula Lambert 1931
No Score Yet Rebound Evie Lawrence 1931
No Score Yet Transatlantic Kay Graham 1931
No Score Yet A Connecticut Yankee Evil Sister in Mansion 1931
No Score Yet The Naughty Flirt Linda Gregory 1931
No Score Yet Rogue of the Rio Grande Carmita 1930
No Score Yet The Truth About Youth Kara - the Firefly 1930
No Score Yet The Black Watch Yasmini 1929
No Score Yet The Squall Nubi 1929
57% Noah's Ark Dancer/Slave Girl 1928
No Score Yet A Girl in Every Port Jetta 1928
74% The Jazz Singer Chorus Girl 1927
No Score Yet When A Man Loves Convict Behind Manon (uncredited) 1927
100% Don Juan Mai, Lady in Waiting 1926
No Score Yet So This Is Paris The Maid 1926

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
  • 1973
No Score Yet Columbo
1968-2003
Lizzi
  • 1972

QUOTES FROM Myrna Loy CHARACTERS

Nora Charles
You wouldn't know them, Darling. They're respectable.
Nora Charles
Say, what's that man doing in my drawers?
Connie Allenbury
You can't build a life on hate, or a marriage on spite. Marriage is too important. Mine only lasted an hour, but... I know
Connie Allenbury
You can't build a life on hate, or a marriage on spite. Marriage is too important. Mine only lasted an hour, but... I know.
Nora Charles
[suffering from a hang-over] What hit me?
Nick Charles
The last martini.
Nora Charles
You know, that sounds like an interesting case. Why don't you take it?
Nick Charles
I haven't the time. I'm much too busy seeing that you don't lose any of the money I married you for.
Nora Charles
Waiter, will you serve the nuts? I mean, will you serve the guests the nuts?
Reporter
Say listen, is he working on a case?
Nora Charles
Yes, he is.
Reporter
What case?
Nora Charles
A case of scotch. Pitch in and help him.
Bill Cole
You've been taken to the cleaners, and you don't even know your pants are off.
Muriel Blandings
I refuse to endanger the lives of my children in a house with less than four bathrooms.
Jim Blandings
replies: For 1,300 dollars they can live in a house with three bathrooms and ROUGH IT.
Joan Blandings
Oh look. Mother's diary. It's slightly torrid.
Jim Blandings
What's with this kissing all of a sudden? I don't like it. Every time he goes out of this house, he shakes my hand and kisses you.
Muriel Blandings
replies to Jim: Would you prefer it the other way around?
Bill Cole
The next time you're going to do anything or say anything or buy anything, think it over very carefully. When you're sure you're right, forget the whole thing.
Muriel Blandings
I want it to be a soft green, not as blue-green as a robin's egg, but not as yellow-green as daffodil buds. Now, the only sample I could get is a little too yellow, but don't let whoever does it go to the other extreme and get it too blue. It should just be a sort of grayish-yellow-green. Now, the dining room. I'd like yellow. Not just yellow; a very gay yellow. Something bright and sunshine-y. I tell you, Mr. PeDelford, if you'll send one of your men to the grocer for a pound of their best butter, and match that exactly, you can't go wrong! Now, this is the paper we're going to use in the hall. It's flowered, but I don't want the ceiling to match any of the colors of the flowers. There's some little dots in the background, and it's these dots I want you to match. Not the little greenish dot near the hollyhock leaf, but the little bluish dot between the rosebud and the delphinium blossom. Is that clear? Now the kitchen is to be white. Not a cold, antiseptic hospital white. A little warmer, but still, not to suggest any other color but white. Now for the powder room - in here - I want you to match this thread, and don't lose it. It's the only spool I have and I had an awful time finding it! As you can see, it's practically an apple red. Somewhere between a healthy winesap and an unripened Jonathan. Oh, excuse me...
Mr. Delford
You got that Charlie?
Workman
Red, green, blue, yellow, white.
Mr. Delford
Check.
Nora Charles
(Last line as Nick gapes at Nora knitting baby booties): And you call yourslef a detective.
Nora Charles
[last line as Nick gapes at Nora knitting baby booties] And you call yourslef a detective.
Selma Landis
Goodnight Nick, and dthanks so much for everything. I want to kiss you. (Looks at Nora). May I?
Selma Landis
Goodnight Nick, and thanks so much for everything. I want to kiss you. [looks at Nora] May I?
Nora Charles
Go right ahead. But i warn you, it's a hard habit to get out of.
Nora Charles
Go right ahead. But I warn you, it's a hard habit to get out of.
Nick Charles
I mean, did I ever tell you that you're the most fascinating woman this side of the Rockies?
Nora Charles
Wait till you see me on the other side.
Nora Charles
They say you were shot in the tabloids.
Nick Charles
They never got near my tabloids.