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|Also Known As:||Died:||December 14, 1993|
|Born:||August 2, 1905||Cause of Death:||complications from surgery|
|Birth Place:||Raidersburg, Montana, USA||Profession:||Cast ...|
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Family moved to Helena, MT when Loy was 7
Took part in a family trip to California which included a tour of the Universal Studios
Took dancing lessons from a Miss Alice Thompson; performed in a fundraising event in Helena and later repeated her "Bluebird" performance at a nearby Army base (date approximate)
Moved with family to California after the death of her father
Joined the chorus line of the pre-feature show at Graumann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood at age 18 (date approximate)
Made film debut in "Pretty Ladies"; also played a bit part that year in the filming of the massive Biblical epic "Ben Hur"
Adopted name "Myrna Loy", suggested by a poet friend
Signed five-year contract with Warner Bros.
Signed one-year contract with Fox
Signed contract with MGM
Supporting role in musical comedy "Love Me Tonight" was a turning point in career, start the breaking of her typecasting as exotic vamps
Roles in "The Prizefighter and the Lady" and "Penthouse" complete transformation of image to that of sympathetic American romantic leads
First of seven films opposite Clark Gable, "Night Flight"
First of 14 teamings with William Powell, "Manhattan Melodrama"
Voted the number one box-office star by US theater owners
Voted "Queen of the Movies" in "New York Daily News" poll
Last film opposite Gable, "Too Hot to Handle"
Moved to New York
Put her film career on hold to work for the New York Red Cross as assistant head of welfare activities for much of the duration of WWII; also arranged entertainment for over 50 military hospitals and worked at stage door canteens
Founding member of the Committee of the First Amendment
Last of the "Thin Man" series of films opposite William Powell, "Song of the Thin Man"
Made last appearance with Powell, in a cameo role as his wife near the end of "The Senator Was Indiscreet"
After WWII, became a member of the US National Commission for UNESCO; first Hollywood celebrity to work for the United Nations; helped organize its Hollywood Film Committee
Went to England to star in the film, "If This Be Sin"
Active as a member of UNESCO's U.S. Commission
Took second billing to another actress for the first time in 20 years (since she and Jean Harlow co-starred with Powell and Spencer Tracy in "Libeled Lady" 1936) when she played a major but supporting role in "The Ambassador's Daughter", starring Olivia de Havilland and John Forsythe
Stage debut in "Marriage-go-Round"
Played the heroine's mother in a touring stage production of Neil Simon's "Barefoot in the Park"
Returned to features after a nine-year absence to play a supporting role opposite Charles Boyer in "The April Fools", starring Jack Lemmon and Catherine Deneuve
Made Broadway debut in a revival of Clare Boothe Luce's comedy, "The Women"
Toured in "Don Juan in Hell" with Ricardo Montalban, Edward Mulhare, and Kurt Kasznar
Final film appearance, "Just Tell Me What You Want"
Last acting role: starring opposite Henry Fonda in the acclaimed made-for-TV movie, "Summer Solstice"
Career feted in a syndicated documentary TV special, "Legends of the Screen"
Received tribute at Carnegie Hall in New York hosted by Lauren Bacall
Documentary profile, "Myrna Loy: So Nice to Come Home To", produced by and aired on cable network station TNT, hosted by Kathleen Turner
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