Myrna Loy

Myrna Loy

Highest Rated: 100% Love Crazy (1941)

Lowest Rated: 25% Airport 1975 (1974)

Birthday: Aug 02, 1905

Birthplace: Radersburg, Montana, USA

Witty and beautiful, American actress Myrna Loy found lasting fame thanks to her portrayal of Dashiell Hammett's Nora Charles. Born in Helena, Montana, the actress relocated as a child with her family to Los Angeles. She began appearing around LA as a dancer in her teens. She was soon acting in small parts in silent films, making her screen debut as a dancer in "Pretty Ladies" (1925). Between 1925 and 1930, Loy appeared in 54 films, including a brief appearance in the first feature with sound, "The Jazz Singer" (1927). Besides showcasing her skills as a dancer, the actress was typically used as a young temptress in these roles, and was frequently used to play Asian characters. She began graduating to larger roles in the early-'30s, starring opposite Will Rogers in "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" (1931) and "Love Me Tonight" (1932) with Maurice Chevalier. She also played social-climbing Becky Sharp in "Vanity Fair" (1932). She was cast opposite Clark Gable in "Manhattan Melodrama" (1934), a film that also featured William Powell. Shortly thereafter, Loy and Powell began one of Hollywood's most historic pairings when the played socialite detectives Nick and Nora Charles in "The Thin Man" (1934). The duo went on to play Hammett's characters in five sequels. Outside of the series, they also starred together in six additional films, including "The Great Ziegfeld" (1936) and "Love Crazy" (1941). Dubbed the "Queen of the Movies" during her heyday, she was paired multiple times with Gable, "The King," most notably in "Too Hot to Handle" (1938). During World War II, she took a break from acting to work with the Red Cross. After the war, she starred in the Oscar-winning "The Best Years of Our Lives" (1946) about veterans returning home. After frequently playing an idealized wife, she moved to playing idealized mother characters in popular films like "Cheaper By the Dozen" (1950). She also formed yet another on-screen partnership, this time with Cary Grant, in the box-office hits "The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer" (1947) and "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream Home" (1948). During the 1950s, Loy began working more on television and in supporting roles, including starring in a TV adaption of the Judy Garland hit, "Meet Me in St. Louis" (CBS, 1959). For the rest of her career, she primarily appeared in guest roles on TV series such as "Family Affair" (CBS, 1966-71) and "Columbo" (NBC, 1968-78), and a series of television movies, including a late-career pairing with Henry Fonda in "Summer Solstice" (1981). In the '60s and '70s, she also began a new chapter in her career by appearing in various stage productions. In feature films, she joined an all-star cast for the disaster film "Airport 1975" and appeared in the Burt Reynolds comedy "The End" (1978). Her last on-screen performance was a guest role on the Tony Randall sitcom, "Love, Sydney" (NBC, 1981-83) in 1982. After a long illness, Loy passed away during surgery on December 14, 1993 at the age of 88.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 47% Just Tell Me What You Want Stella Liberti (Character) - 1980
60% 50% The End Maureen Lawson (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 17% Ants! Ethel Adams (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Elevator Amanda Kenyon (Character) - 1974
25% 37% Airport 1975 Mrs. Devaney (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Couple Takes a Wife Barbara's Mother (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Death Takes a Holiday Selena Chapman (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Do Not Fold, Spindle or Mutilate Evelyn Tryon (Character) - 1971
31% 58% From the Terrace Martha Eaton (Character) - 1960
83% 75% Midnight Lace Aunt Bea (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet 51% Lonelyhearts Florence Shrike (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 50% The Ambassador's Daughter Mrs. Cartwright (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Thirteenth Green Unknown (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 76% Belles on Their Toes Dr. Lillian M. Gilbreth (Character) - 1952
80% 66% Cheaper by the Dozen Mrs. Lillian Gilbreth (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 47% The Red Pony Alice Tiflin (Character) - 1949
82% 76% Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House Muriel Blandings (Character) - 1948
80% 70% Song of the Thin Man Nora Charles (Character) - 1947
78% 78% The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer Margaret (Character) - 1947
97% 93% The Best Years of Our Lives Milly Stephenson (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet No Score Yet So Goes My Love Jane Budden Maxim (Character) - 1946
60% 78% The Thin Man Goes Home Nora Charles (Character) - 1944
100% 82% Love Crazy Susan Ireland (Character) - 1941
83% 79% Shadow of the Thin Man Nora Charles (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet Third Finger, Left Hand Margot Sherwood Merrick (Character) - 1940
100% 82% I Love You Again Kay Wilson (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet 30% Lucky Night Cora Jordan (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet 66% The Rains Came Lady Edwina Esketh (Character) - 1939
82% 85% Another Thin Man Nora Charles (Character) - 1939
75% 68% Test Pilot Ann Barton (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet 52% Too Hot to Handle Alma Harding (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet 65% Double Wedding Margit Agnew (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet 40% Parnell Mrs. Katie O'Shea (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet 25% Man-Proof Mimi Swift (Character) - 1937
86% 88% Libeled Lady Connie Allenbury (Character) - 1936
100% 90% After the Thin Man Nora Charles (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet 70% Wife vs. Secretary Linda (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet To Mary, With Love Mary Wallace (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet 60% Petticoat Fever Irene Campton (Character) - 1936
64% 50% The Great Ziegfeld Billie Burke (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet 46% Wings in the Dark Sheila Mason (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet 31% Whipsaw Vivian Palmer (Character) - 1935
81% 71% Manhattan Melodrama Eleanor Packer (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet 58% Evelyn Prentice Evelyn Prentice (Character) - 1934
98% 94% The Thin Man Nora Charles (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet 40% Men in White Laura Hudson (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet 60% Stamboul Quest Annemarie (Character) - 1934
100% 53% Broadway Bill Alice Higgins (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Prizefighter and the Lady Belle (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet 50% The Barbarian Diana "Di" Standing (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet 57% Penthouse Gertie Waxted (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet 64% Topaze Coco (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet 35% When Ladies Meet Mary Howard (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet No Score Yet New Morals for Old Myra (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet 65% Emma Countess Isabelle `'Izzy'` Smith Marlin (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet 67% Vanity Fair Becky Sharp (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet 60% The Wet Parade Eileen Pinchon (Character) - 1932
56% 33% Thirteen Women Ursula Georgi (Character) - 1932
100% 82% Love Me Tonight Countess Valentine (Character) - 1932
88% 53% The Mask of Fu Manchu Fah Lo See (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet 60% The Animal Kingdom Cecilia 'Cee' Henry Collier (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet 17% Consolation Marriage Elaine Brandon (Character) - 1931
89% 40% Arrowsmith Mrs. Joyce Lanyon (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rebound Evie Lawrence (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet Transatlantic Kay Graham (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet Naughty Flirt Linda Gregory (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet Body and Soul Alice Lester (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet 33% A Connecticut Yankee Queen Morgan le Fay/Evil Sister in Mansion (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet 14% The Truth About Youth Kara (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Great Divide Manuella (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet No Score Yet Renegades Eleanore (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last of the Duanes Lola Bland (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet No Score Yet Under a Texas Moon Lolita Romero (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rogue of the Rio Grande Carmita (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Devil to Pay Mary Crayle (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet 0% The Black Watch Yasmani (Character) - 1929
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Desert Song Azuri (Character) - 1929
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Squall Nubi (Character) - 1929
No Score Yet No Score Yet State Street Sadie Isobel (Character) - 1928
No Score Yet No Score Yet So This Is Paris Lalle's Maid (Character) - 1926
100% 60% Don Juan Mai (Character) - 1926
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Exquisite Sinner Living Statue (Character) - 1926

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1973 1960
No Score Yet 84% Columbo Lizzy Fielding (Guest Star) 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Affair Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet I've Got a Secret Guest 1960

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