Snippets of Myrna Loy

There was only one Myrna Loy, a woman who possessed a beauty and talent that are the stuff of legend.  Her impeccable style, dramatic flair and comedic timing make her a perennial favorite.  Ms. Loy would have celebrated a birthday today and I can’t let the day slip by without posting something in her honor – here are snippets of Myrna Loy.

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[on her work with William Powell] “I never enjoyed my work more than when I worked with William Powell. He was a brilliant actor, a delightful companion, a great friend and, above all, a true gentleman.”

A favorite scene from Jack Conway’s, Libeled Lady (1936), “Have you been proposed to much?” featuring Myrna and her all-time best co-star, William Powell.

Lux Presents Hollywood

Included in the following clip are both “The Thin Man” and “After the Thin Man” broadcasts featuring one of Hollywood’s greatest on-screen and on the air couples.

[on her character “Nora Charles” from the “Thin Man” films] “Nora of “The Thin Man” was different . . . Nora had a gorgeous sense of humor; she appreciated the distinctive grace of her husband’s wit. She laughed . . . at him and with him when he was funny. What’s more, she laughed at herself. Besides having tolerance, she was a good guy. She was courageous and interested in living and she enjoyed doing all the things she did. You understand, she had a good time, always.”

From April 5, 1955, an episode of General Electric Theater, an American anthology series hosted by Ronald W. Reagan that was broadcast on CBS radio and television.  This is a television episode titled, “It Gives Me Great Pleasure” in which Ms. Loy stars alongside Reagan, Lois Bolton, Howard Kennedy, Robert Preston and Zachary Scott.

Finally, a television interview with Ms. Loy taped on May 25, 1973 from the public television series, “Day and Night” hosted by James Day.

Myrna Loy was wonderful to look at and a joy to listen to – I’ve never encountered a fan of classic film who’d dispute that.  For more images and clips on this classic of classics, take a look at a previous post I did in her honor here.  I just love her and she is remembered today and always with great fondness.

[Referring to her “perfect wife” typecasting] “Some perfect wife I am. I’ve been married four times, divorced four times, have no children, and can’t boil an egg.”

11 thoughts

  1. THIS! Is perfect, and just what she needed to honor her day today. I love her more than anything, as you know. So now I’m verklempt……what a woman.

  2. Wow! Thank you so much for links to Myrna’s TV interview and Tv and Radio appearances.
    She is perfect,isn’t she. I wish she had done more with Cary Grant,in particular dramatic roles.

      1. Apparently she gifted Greer Garson a career by refusing Goodbye Mr. Chips to go to Fox for The Rains Came. Hitchcock wanted her for Tippi Hedren’s mother in Marnie but she turned him down, she didn’t want to do the monster mommy roles her peers were doing. Too bad, she’d have been great! It’s not drama, but the scene in Blandings where she goes off on Cary is excellent, and when Bill Powell makes her cry in I Love You Again she is heartbreaking – in the middle of a screwball comedy!

  3. Love Miss Loy for so many reasons! That she was Oscarless, save the non competitive one they gave her when she was to ill to really enjoy it, is yet another black eye for the academy. I’ve seen that interview clip before and found it fascinating. Not only a great actress but a committed and extremely civic minded private citizen. I have many favorites among her films: The Bachelor & the Bobbysoxer, The Best Years of Our Lives, Mr Blandings, Midnight Lace and on and on but just recently added a new one to that group. A couple of weeks ago I saw The Rains Came and was quite impressed with the whole picture and Myrna in particular. She played what was basically a high class tramp, I believe what they use to term an adventuress, who is reformed by her love of Tyrone Power, rarely looking better than he does here. It was an atypical role for her but she made it thoroughly believable. George Brent, an actor I find functional to the plot most of the time and no more, is excellent too perhaps his best performance. Surely the best I’ve ever seen him give.

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