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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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1912:
Family moved to Helena, MT when Loy was 7
1916:
Took part in a family trip to California which included a tour of the Universal Studios
1917:
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)
1918:
Moved with family to California after the death of her father
1923:
Joined the chorus line of the pre-feature show at Graumann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood at age 18 (date approximate)
1925:
Made film debut in "Pretty Ladies"; also played a bit part that year in the filming of the massive Biblical epic "Ben Hur"
1925:
Adopted name "Myrna Loy", suggested by a poet friend
1925:
Signed five-year contract with Warner Bros.
1930:
Signed one-year contract with Fox
1931:
Signed contract with MGM
1932:
Supporting role in musical comedy "Love Me Tonight" was a turning point in career, start the breaking of her typecasting as exotic vamps
1933:
Roles in "The Prizefighter and the Lady" and "Penthouse" complete transformation of image to that of sympathetic American romantic leads
1933:
First of seven films opposite Clark Gable, "Night Flight"
1934:
First of 14 teamings with William Powell, "Manhattan Melodrama"
1936:
Voted the number one box-office star by US theater owners
1938:
Voted "Queen of the Movies" in "New York Daily News" poll
1938:
Last film opposite Gable, "Too Hot to Handle"
1942:
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
1947:
Founding member of the Committee of the First Amendment
1947:
Last of the "Thin Man" series of films opposite William Powell, "Song of the Thin Man"
1947:
Made last appearance with Powell, in a cameo role as his wife near the end of "The Senator Was Indiscreet"
1948:
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
1950:
Went to England to star in the film, "If This Be Sin"
:
Active as a member of UNESCO's U.S. Commission
1956:
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
1960:
Stage debut in "Marriage-go-Round"
:
Played the heroine's mother in a touring stage production of Neil Simon's "Barefoot in the Park"
1969:
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
1973:
Made Broadway debut in a revival of Clare Boothe Luce's comedy, "The Women"
1974:
Toured in "Don Juan in Hell" with Ricardo Montalban, Edward Mulhare, and Kurt Kasznar
1980:
Final film appearance, "Just Tell Me What You Want"
1981:
Last acting role: starring opposite Henry Fonda in the acclaimed made-for-TV movie, "Summer Solstice"
1983:
Career feted in a syndicated documentary TV special, "Legends of the Screen"
1985:
Received tribute at Carnegie Hall in New York hosted by Lauren Bacall
1990:
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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