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Loy was born in Helena, Montana, the daughter of ranchers. As a child, she took dancing lessons. When her father died in the influenza pandemic of 1918 her mother took the family to Southern California. By 1925 Loy started getting parts in silent films. Her exotic good looks got her cast sometimes as TheVamp, and sometimes in {{Yellowface}} roles due to Hollywood's reluctance to do [[SarcasmMode anything as silly as cast an Asian actress in an Asian part]]. She had a small part in part-talkie ''Film/TheJazzSinger''.

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Loy was born in Helena, Montana, the daughter of ranchers. As a child, she took dancing lessons. When her father died in the influenza pandemic of 1918 her mother took the family to Southern California. By 1925 Loy started getting parts in silent films. Her exotic good looks got her cast sometimes as TheVamp, and sometimes in {{Yellowface}} roles due to Hollywood's reluctance to do [[SarcasmMode anything as silly as cast an Asian actress in an Asian part]].{{Yellowface}}. She had a small part in part-talkie ''Film/TheJazzSinger''.

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* ''Film/LoveCrazy'' (1941)

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* ''Series/{{Columbo}}'', episode "[[Recap/ColumboS02E01 Etude in Black]]" (1972)

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* ''Film/ThirteenWomen'' (1932)


->''"Some perfect wife I am. I've been married four times, divorced four times, have no children, and can't boil an egg."''

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->''"Some -->''"Some perfect wife I am. I've been married four times, divorced four times, have no children, and can't boil an egg."''


->''"Some perfect wife I am. [[IronyAsSheIsCast I've been married four times, divorced four times]], have no children, and can't boil an egg."''

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->''"Some perfect wife ->''"They say the movies should be more like life; I am. [[IronyAsSheIsCast I've been married four times, divorced four times]], have no children, and can't boil an egg.think life should be more like the movies."''



* IronyAsSheIsCast: Her page quote lampshades this, since she was often type-cast as mothers and housewives.

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* IronyAsSheIsCast: Her page quote lampshades this, since she She was often type-cast typecast as mothers and housewives.housewives, while in real life, in her own words:
->''"Some perfect wife I am. I've been married four times, divorced four times, have no children, and can't boil an egg."''

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* ''Film/DoubleWedding'' (1937)

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* ''Film/ILoveYouAgain'' (1940)


->''They say the movies should be more like life; I think life should be more like the movies.''

Myrna Loy, born as Myrna Adele Williams (August 2nd 1905 -- December 14th 1993) was one of the greatest film actresses of UsefulNotes/ThePreCodeEra and UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood. Over her 50-year career she started out playing sexual temptresses, then moved on to wisecracking ScrewballComedy heroines, then played nurturing wives and mothers.

Loy was born in Helena, Montana, the daughter of ranchers. As a child she took dancing lessons. When her father died in the influenza pandemic of 1918 her mother took the family to Southern California. By 1925 Loy started getting parts in silent films. Her exotic good looks got her cast sometimes as TheVamp, and sometimes in {{Yellowface}} roles due to Hollywood's reluctance to do [[SarcasmMode anything as silly as cast an Asian actress in an Asian part]]. She had a small part in part-talkie ''Film/TheJazzSinger''.

A career slump in the early '30s was turned around when Loy got the female lead in ''Film/ManhattanMelodrama''. This film is remembered for two reasons. First, it was the film that John Dillinger went to see right before he was murdered by the FBI outside a Chicago theater (Loy was displeased by the macabre publicity later associated with the film). Second, it was the first film she ever made with co-star Creator/WilliamPowell. Powell and Loy would become one of the most famous ThoseTwoActors pairs of all time, starring together in ''fourteen'' films in the 1930s and 1940s.

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->''They say the movies should be more like life; ->''"Some perfect wife I think life should be more like the movies.''

am. [[IronyAsSheIsCast I've been married four times, divorced four times]], have no children, and can't boil an egg."''

Myrna Loy, born as Myrna Adele Williams (August 2nd 1905 -- December 14th 1993) was one of the greatest film actresses of UsefulNotes/ThePreCodeEra and UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood. Over her 50-year career career, she started out playing sexual temptresses, then moved on to wisecracking ScrewballComedy heroines, then played nurturing wives and mothers.

Loy was born in Helena, Montana, the daughter of ranchers. As a child child, she took dancing lessons. When her father died in the influenza pandemic of 1918 her mother took the family to Southern California. By 1925 Loy started getting parts in silent films. Her exotic good looks got her cast sometimes as TheVamp, and sometimes in {{Yellowface}} roles due to Hollywood's reluctance to do [[SarcasmMode anything as silly as cast an Asian actress in an Asian part]]. She had a small part in part-talkie ''Film/TheJazzSinger''.

A career slump in the early '30s was turned around when Loy got the female lead in ''Film/ManhattanMelodrama''. This film is remembered for two reasons. First, it was the film that John Dillinger went to see right before he was murdered by the FBI outside a Chicago theater (Loy was displeased by [[OvershadowedByControversy the macabre publicity later associated associated]] with the film). Second, it was the first film she ever made with co-star Creator/WilliamPowell. Powell and Loy would become one of the most famous ThoseTwoActors pairs of all time, starring together in ''fourteen'' films in the 1930s and 1940s.



* ''Literature/CheaperByTheDozen'' (1950)




* IronyAsSheIsCast: The woman herself on her long and successful career playing nurturing wives and mothers:
-->"Some perfect wife I am. I've been married four times, divorced four times, have no children, and can't boil an egg."

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* {{Housewife}}: Many of her characters.
* IronyAsSheIsCast: The woman herself on her long Her page quote lampshades this, since she was often type-cast as mothers and successful career playing nurturing wives and mothers:
-->"Some perfect wife I am. I've been married four times, divorced four times, have no children, and can't boil an egg."
housewives.
* {{Yellowface}}: Apparently looked "exotic" enough to be pushed into this role before she became famous. It later became OldShame for her.
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* ''[[Film/{{Airport}} Airport '75]]'' (1975)

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* ''[[Film/{{Airport}} Airport '75]]'' (1975)(1975)

* IronyAsSheIsCast: The woman herself on her long and successful career playing nurturing wives and mothers:
-->"Some perfect wife I am. I've been married four times, divorced four times, have no children, and can't boil an egg."

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* ''Film/ThirdFingerLeftHand'' (1940)

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* ''Film/TheAnimalKingdom'' (1932)


* ''Film/WhenLadiesMeet''

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* ''Film/WhenLadiesMeet''''Film/WhenLadiesMeet'' (1933)

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* ''Film/WhenLadiesMeet''

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->''They say the movies should be more like life; I think life should be more like the movies.''

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