Today is the birthday of classic film actress Myrna Loy. He rapid-fire line delivery, unequaled beauty, and dedication to humanitarian causes all add up to make her one the most amazing actresses of her era. I think it is because she lacked a scandal and/or didn’t behave poorly that she is not as widely remembered as Davis, Hepburn, et al. Do yourselves a favor and watch one of her films soon. I suggest the Thin Man series but also, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream Home is so great. You won’t be disappointed.
NAME: Myrna Loy
BIRTH DATE: August 02, 1905
DEATH DATE: December 14, 1993
PLACE OF BIRTH: Radersburg, Montana
PLACE OF DEATH: New York, New York
ORIGINALLY: Myrna Williams
BEST KNOWN FOR: Movie star Myrna Loy made over 120 pictures, including all six of the Thin Man movies, in which she played Nora Charles opposite actor William Powell.
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. In 1937, she was crowned the “Queen of Hollywood” by a nationwide poll.
I have been a huge fan of “Hart to Hart” since I was a kid. I am sure it is because of the witty dialogue, fancy settings, and crime solving. I mean, what is not to like? It is clearly understandable that I fell in love with WIlliam Powell and Myrna Loy in the “Thin Man” series from the 1930′s. They possessed everything the Harts did years later.
“This is my boss, Jonathan Hart, a self-made millionaire, he’s quite a guy. This is Mrs H., she’s gorgeous, she’s one lady who knows how to take care of herself. By the way, my name is Max. I take care of both of them, which ain’t easy, ’cause when they met it was MURDER!” – Max