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Myrna Loy (1905–1993)


At the end of the silent era, Myrna Loy started her career as an exotic, Theda Bara-like femme fatale. Fortunately, she was rescued by the advent of the sound picture, where she was recast in the role of the witty, urbane, professional woman. She is best remembered for her role of Nora Charles opposite William Powell in six "Thin Man" movies (The ... See full bio »

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 1982 Love, Sidney (TV Series)
Vera Lonnigan
- Sidney and the Actress (1982) ... Vera Lonnigan
 1981 Summer Solstice (TV Movie)
Margaret
 1980 Just Tell Me What You Want
Stella Liberti
 1978 The End
Maureen Lawson
 1977 Ants (TV Movie)
Ethel
 1974 The Elevator (TV Movie)
Amanda Kenyon
 1974 Indict and Convict (TV Movie)
Judge Christine Tayloy
 1973 Ironside (TV Series)
Andrea Wollcott
- All About Andrea (1973) ... Andrea Wollcott
 1972 The Couple Takes a Wife (TV Movie)
Barbara's Mother
 1972 Columbo (TV Series)
Lizzy Fielding
- Étude in Black (1972) ... Lizzy Fielding
 1971 Do Not Fold, Spindle or Mutilate (TV Movie)
Evelyn Tryon
 1971 Death Takes a Holiday (TV Movie)
Selena Chapman
 1969 The April Fools
Grace Greenlaw
 1967 The Virginian (TV Series)
Mrs. Miles
- Lady of the House (1967) ... Mrs. Miles
 1967 Family Affair (TV Series)
Adele
- A Helping Hand (1967) ... Adele
 1960 Midnight Lace
Aunt Bea
 1960 From the Terrace
Martha Eaton
 1960 The DuPont Show with June Allyson (TV Series)
Mary Sidney
- Surprise Party (1960) ... Mary Sidney
 1958 Lonelyhearts
Florence Shrike
 1957 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
 1955-1957 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Allie Evans / Maggie Webster / Kate Kennedy
- Love Came Late (1957) ... Allie Evans
- Lady of the House (1957) ... Maggie Webster
- It Gives Me Great Pleasure (1955) ... Kate Kennedy
 1956 The Ambassador's Daughter
Mrs. Cartwright
 1947 The Senator Was Indiscreet
Mrs. Ashton (Cameo Appearance) (uncredited)
 1941 Love Crazy
Susan Ireland
 1940 Third Finger, Left Hand
Margot Sherwood Merrick
 1940 I Love You Again
Kay Wilson
 1939 Lucky Night
Cora Jordan
 1938 Too Hot to Handle
Alma Harding
 1938 Test Pilot
Ann
 1937 Double Wedding
Margit Agnew
 1937 Parnell
Katie
 1936 To Mary - with Love
Mary Wallace
 1936 Petticoat Fever
Irene Campton
 1935 Whipsaw
Vivian Palmer
 1935 Wings in the Dark
Sheila Mason
 1934 Broadway Bill
The Princess
 1934 Evelyn Prentice
Evelyn Prentice
 1934 Stamboul Quest
Annemarie, aka Fräulein Doktor and Helena Bohlen
 1934 Men in White
Laura
 1933 Night Flight
Wife of Brazilian Pilot
 1933 When Ladies Meet
Mary
 1933 The Barbarian
Diana 'Di' Standing
 1933 Scarlet River
Myrna Loy (uncredited)
 1933/I Topaze
Coco
 1932 The Animal Kingdom
Cecelia Henry Collier
 1932 Thirteen Women
Ursula Georgi
 1932 Love Me Tonight
Countess Valentine
 1932 New Morals for Old
Myra
 1932 The Woman in Room 13
Sari Loder
 1932 The Wet Parade
Eileen Pinchon
 1932 Emma
Isabelle
 1931 Arrowsmith
Mrs. Joyce Lanyon
 1931 Consolation Marriage
Elaine Brandon
 1931 Skyline
Paula Lambert
 1931 Transatlantic
Kay Graham
 1931 Rebound
Evie Lawrence
 1931 Hush Money
Flo Curtis
 1931 A Connecticut Yankee
Queen Morgan le Fay / Evil Sister in Mansion
 1931 Body and Soul
Alice Lester
 1931 The Naughty Flirt
Linda Gregory
 1930 The Devil to Pay!
Mary Crayle
 1930 The Truth About Youth
Kara
 1930 Renegades
Eleanore
 1930 The Bad Man
 1930 The Jazz Cinderella
Mildred Vane
 1930 Bride of the Regiment
Sophie
 1930 Cock o' the Walk
Narita
 1930 Under a Texas Moon
Lolita Romero
 1930 Isle of Escape
Moira
 1930 Cameo Kirby
Lea
 1929 Evidence
Native Girl
 1929 The Great Divide
Manuella
 1929 The Squall
Nubi
 1929 The Black Watch
Yasmani
 1929 Hardboiled Rose
Rose Duhamel
 1929 Fancy Baggage
Myrna
 1928 Noah's Ark
Dancer / Slave Girl
 1928 The Midnight Taxi
Gertie Fairfax
 1928 State Street Sadie
Isobel
 1928 Pay as You Enter
Yvonne De Russo
 1928 Turn Back the Hours
Tiza Torreon
 1928 A Girl in Every Port
Girl in China (uncredited)
 1928 Beware of Married Men
Juanita Sheldon
 1927 If I Were Single
Joan Whitley
 1927 The Girl from Chicago
Mary Carlton
 1927 The Jazz Singer
Chorus Girl (uncredited)
 1927 A Sailor's Sweetheart
Claudette Ralston
 1927 The Heart of Maryland
Mulatta
 1927 Simple Sis
Edith Van
 1927 The Climbers
Countess Veya
 1927 Bitter Apples
Belinda White
 1927 When a Man Loves
Convict Behind Manon (uncredited)
 1927 Finger Prints
Vamp
 1926 The Third Degree
Bit Part (uncredited)
 1926 Across the Pacific
Roma
 1926 Don Juan
Mai - Lady in Waiting
 1926 So This Is Paris
Lalle's Maid
 1926 Exquisite Sinner
Living statue
 1926 The Gilded Highway
Inez Quartz
 1926 Why Girls Go Back Home
Sally Short
 1926 The Love Toy
Bit Part (uncredited)
 1926 The Caveman
Maid
 1925 Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
Slave Girl (uncredited)
 1925 Sporting Life
Chorus Girl with Lord Wainwright (uncredited)
 1925 Pretty Ladies
Showgirl (uncredited)
 1925 The Wanderer
Girl at Baccanal (uncredited)
 1925 What Price Beauty?
Vamp
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Radio: Appeared (as "Nora Charles") in a "Lux Radio Theatre" broadcast of "The Thin Man". See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Biographical Movies | 5 Print Biographies | 11 Articles | 3 Pictorials | 6 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Height:

5' 5" (1.65 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on Doris Day] I have nothing but the best to say about Doris Day. She was wonderful to me, really lovely. She sent flowers when I started and remained friendly and attentive. As I've said, it's difficult when you start stepping down. You fight so hard to get to the top and then you realize it's time to gracefully give in a little. Doris, who was riding high then, never played the prima dona. I ... See more »

Trivia:

Appeared in staged prologues at Grauman's Egyptian theater in Los Angeles, before getting her first role in films. The prologues, staged by Fanchon and Marco, were live shows put on before the feature had begun. Myrna appeared in prologues for The Ten Commandments (1923) and The Thief of Bagdad (1924), among others. See more »

Trademark:

Later in her career, often cast as maternal, heroic characters See more »

Nickname:

Queen of the Movies See more »

Star Sign:

Leo

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It feels like barely any of her work is on DVD FilmKoala
I just realized she's not in the AFI's 25 Greatest Female Legends list! FranLovesBetteD
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