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.
[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.